Latest NHS and Healthcare News

Latest NHS and Healthcare News

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ALL ABOUT THE NHS:

  • NHS overseas patient’s £330,000 unpaid bill

A Nigerian woman has run up a £330,000 bill for NHS treatment after she gave birth prematurely to quadruplets in a London hospital. The woman was taken ill on a flight from the US to Nigeria via Heathrow. It comes as a group of MPs have urged the government to take “urgent action” to recover more money for treating foreign patients.

1 February 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-38809530

Older patients seeing same GP each time ‘key to reducing hospital admissions’

Seeing the same GP each time they visit the doctor can reduce avoidable hospital admissions among older patients, a study published in the British Medical Journal has found. But the government’s focus on increasing access to GPs, such as through longer hours, may have unintentionally affected the continuity of care patients experience, the authors warn.

1 February 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/feb/01/older-patients-seeing-same-gp-reduce-hospital-admissions

  • NHS trusts to be forced to make overseas patients pay upfront for non-urgent care

NHS trusts may be forced to make overseas patients pay upfront for non-urgent care under a new proposal announced by Jeremy Hunt. The Health Secretary is due to announce the move which will require healthcare professionals to establish whether people flying to the UK for non-urgent treatment such as a hip operation or cataract removal are eligible for help and make sure they are able to pay before their treatment begins.

6 February 2017

www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/nhs-overseas-patients-forced-pay-medical-treatment-health-tourism-300m-a7564416.html

  • Woman, 89, trapped on NHS ward for six months at cost of £80k as place in nursing home could not be found

An NHS Trust has apologised after an elderly woman remained on a ward for six months at a cost of more than £80,000 despite being fit for discharge. Iris Sibley, 89, and her family were left “distressed and let down” after multiple attempts to move her into a nursing home failed, leaving her in isolation at the Bristol Royal Infirmary.

6 February 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/06/woman-89-trapped-nhs-ward-six-months-cost-80k-place-nursing/

 

GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:

  • Eye burn injuries risk to children from liquitabs ‘on the rise’

Parents are being urged to store liquid detergent tablets safely after US research found eye injuries in young children had gone up 30-fold in the past few years.

When the liquid squirts into children’s eyes, or is rubbed in via their hands, it can cause chemical burns.

2 February 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38840598

  • Weekend camping resets body clock

Spending a weekend out camping resets the clock inside our bodies that influences sleeping habits, scientists at a US university have discovered. The team argue that time in the great outdoors could help those struggling to get up in the morning and boost health. The researchers said swapping bricks and mortar for canvas was not a long-term solution.

2 February 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38826127

  • Conservative minister pledges new strategy to help children of alcoholics

A Conservative minister has promised to produce a new strategy to help the children of alcoholics after she was moved to tears hearing Labour frontbencher Jon Ashworth talk about his father’s drinking. Nicola Blackwood, the public health minister, praised Ashworth for speaking out, along with Labour former minister Liam Byrne, about their experiences of growing up with an alcoholic parent.

2 February 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/feb/02/conservative-minister-pledges-new-strategy-to-help-children-of-alcoholics

  • You’ll never guess what disgusting creatures are playing a vital NHS role

Although typically associated with their practice of feeding on dead animals, they are now frequently used by medical staff as a vital tool in cleaning wounds and are even carried in the medical kits of district nurses. Ros Thomas, the deputy head of podiatry at the Diabetes Centre in Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, has spoken up for the treatment after seeing first-hand the positive impact of maggot therapy on diabetes patients.

3 February 2017

www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/762748/nhs-maggots-larval-therapy-vital-role-treatment

  • Mars bars, KitKats and Dairy Milk chocolates to get smaller in new sugar crackdown

KitKat, Dairy Milk and Mars are among major brands planning to cut the size of their chocolate bars to meet government targets on reducing sugar. The move will avoid the manufacturers being named and shamed in a series of Public Health England reports on child obesity, the first of which will be published in March.

5 February 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/05/mars-bars-kitkats-dairy-milk-bars-get-smaller-new-sugar-crackdown/

 

RESEARCH STORIES:

  • Forget pills… Exercise is best way to fight misery of back pain

Over-the-counter pills such as ibuprofen are rarely effective when it comes to relieving chronic back pain, scientists have discovered. In a ground breaking new study, just one patient in six achieved any significant pain relief. Doctors say concentrating on exercise programmes to boost our core muscles, therefore strengthening the back, is much more effective.

3 February 2017

www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/762485/ibuprofen-pills-over-the-counter-ineffective-exercise-best-medicine-back-pain

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLD:  

  • Indian children died after ‘eating lychees on empty stomach’

US and Indian scientists say a mystery illness that killed more than 100 children a year in northern India was caused by eating lychees on an empty stomach. For more than two decades, apparently healthy children in a region of Bihar suffered sudden seizures and lost consciousness.

1 February 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-38831240

  • South African scandal after nearly 100 mental health patients die

At least 94 patients with mental health issues died after South African authorities moved them from hospitals to unlicensed health facilities that were likened to concentration camps, a government investigation has revealed. Many of the deaths were due to pneumonia, dehydration and diarrhoea as the patients were hurriedly moved to 27 “poorly prepared” facilities in an apparent cost-cutting measure that showed evidence of neglect.

1 February 2017

www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/01/south-african-scandal-after-nearly-100-mental-health-patients-die

 

GOOD NEWS STORIES!

  • Completely ‘locked-in’ patients can communicate

Patients with absolutely no control over their body have finally been able to communicate, say scientists. A brain-computer interface was used to read the thoughts of patients to answer basic yes-or-no questions. One man was able to repeatedly refuse permission for his daughter to get married.

2 February 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38761461

  • Living in space appears to reverse key ageing processes, study finds

An astronaut who spent nearly a year in the International Space Station experienced changes to his body which appeared to reverse one of the key ageing processes, according to new research. Scott Kelly, who has an identical twin who is a retired astronaut, spent 340 days on the space station in 2015 and 2016.

2 February 2017

www.independent.co.uk/news/science/space-station-reverse-ageing-scott-kelly-mark-kelly-twin-brother-telomeres-a7559956.html

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