Latest News NHS and Health – Round Up !
All the latest news NHS and Health issues that we focused upon in the last 7 days!
Celebrating the NHS (Let’s start with some good news for this Monday!)
Our public system is a magnet for the best minds who seek to work in collaboration with their peers to advance medicine. While private medicine rewards doctors with a fee for service, public hospitals, especially the large academic centres, nurture talent and fuel innovation, discovery and ultimately, life-changing treatments. Safer chemotherapy and transplants; ingenious skin grafts for burns treatment; lithium for mania; airway support for sleep apnoea; foetal ultrasound; the link between how a baby sleeps and sudden infant death syndrome – these are just some of the things that research and collaboration within the public health system has engendered.
(Article dated 14/02/16)
But, a shame about the bad news public survey:
The biggest ever rise in public dissatisfaction with the NHS was recorded last year, according to a long-running survey. The British Social Attitudes Survey has been tracking satisfaction since 1983.
The 2015 poll of nearly 2,200 people showed satisfaction with the NHS at 60% – down from a peak of 70% in 2010. Some 23% said they were actively dissatisfied – a rise of eight percentage points on the year before and the biggest single jump in a year.
(Article dated 9/02/16)
All about the Junior Doctors strike and Hospital Deaths
- Jeremy Hunt vetoed a deal to end the junior doctor dispute which was supported by the NHS’ own negotiators, it has been claimed. According to sources close to the British Medical Association (BMA), a proposal that addressed pay for working evenings and Saturdays – the last major contentious issue – and which was cost neutral for the Government, was blocked despite negotiators from the NHS Employers organisation viewing it as an opportunity to resolve the dispute. (Article dated 8/02/16)
- Time is running out to agree a deal with junior doctors in the long-running dispute, a key government negotiator is warning, as doctors in England take part in their second 24-hour strike. NHS Employers boss Danny Mortimer, who has led the talks for ministers, said the NHS needed “certainty”. It comes amid mounting speculation ministers are ready to force a contract on England’s 55,000 trainee medics.
(Article dated 10/02/16)
- Junior doctor leaders have promised to fight on after the government in England announced it will impose a new contract on the profession. The British Medical Association said it was “considering all options” as the dispute threatens to escalate further. It comes after Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he had been left with no choice but to act – just hours after the latest doctor strike ended. The union refused to accept a “take-it-or-leave-it” offer on Wednesday. BMA junior doctor leader Dr Johann Malawana said the contract was “flawed” and they had put forward a “fair and affordable” alternative.
(Article Dated 11/02/16)
- Hospitals may go it alone and refuse to impose the new contract on junior doctors proposed by the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, on NHS trainee medics from August. ‘My message is stay and fight’: junior doctors weigh up their options. The Guardian has established that none of the 152 foundation trust hospitals in England will be obliged to force their junior doctors to accept the deal and can instead offer them better terms. None of the 152 foundation trust hospitals in England will be obliged to force their junior doctors to accept the deal and can instead offer them better terms.
(Article dated 12/02/16)
- A doctor who was part of a study on links between staffing and deaths in the NHS has accused the Government of “continually misrepresenting” the findings to support its push to change junior contracts.
(Article dated 13/02/16)
- A petition calling for a vote of no confidence in Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has passed 250,000 signatures.
The minister has come under fire for his decision to “unilaterally” impose a new contract on junior doctors after talks between the British Medical Association and the Department of Health broke down.
(Article dated 15/02/16)
Richard Branson to be an NHS Boss!
NHS staff working in child health services in Wiltshire have been told that Sir Richard Branson is to be their new boss after health chiefs unilaterally privatised their entire department in a £64m deal.
All community child health services in Wiltshire will be privatised and will become part of Virgin Care’s growing empire in April next year.
Council and NHS bosses have defended the decision saying it was the best way to ensure a consistent service across the county. But leaders representing the staff being transferred said they had real fears the move would mean a worse service for more money, which they said was what happened when taxes were paid for profits and shareholders.
(Article dated 25/11/15)
- Alzheimer’s News–Scientists have detected a number of drugs which could help protect against Alzheimer’s disease, acting like statins for the brain. In experiments on worms, University of Cambridge researchers identified drugs which prevented the very first step towards brain cell death. They now want to match up drugs with specific stages of the disease. Experts said it was important to find out if these drugs could work safely in humans.
(Article Dated: 13/02/16)
- Chronic fatigue syndrome–Chronic fatigue syndrome is one of the most controversial conditions. Researchers, doctors and patients struggle to agree on its name, its definition or even whether it exists. But the prognosis is bad. An analysis in 2005 of trials that followed patients for up to five years concluded that the recovery rate is 5%. It was like being buried alive,” Samantha Miller says matter-of-factly, fixing me with blue eyes as she munches on falafel. “I was exhausted, with terrible joint pains. It was like having flu all the time with no certainty of recovery. I couldn’t do anything. I was trapped.”
(Article dated 15/02/16)
- Mental health care is so poor and underfunded that “lives are being ruined”, a review in England says. The report– by a taskforce set up by NHS England – said too many people were getting no help or inadequate care. It set out a number of recommendations, including improving access to talking therapies and crisis care. Ministers and health bosses immediately accepted the findings, promising to treat a million more people by 2020 with £1bn extra to tackle the problems. (Article dated: 15/02/16)
- Saliva Cancer Diagnosis test ready in the next decade. A revolutionary 10-minute test for cancer which yields “near perfect” results could be available in the UK by the end of the decade. Scientists are now able to diagnose the deadly disease using just a single drop of saliva, known as a “liquid biopsy”. Costing around £15 the cheap technique picks up on fragments of tumour DNA, and is hoped to be a breakthrough in early diagnosis, boosting survival rates.
(Article dated 14/02/16)
- Sepsis: David Carson explains how flu-like symptoms can have you fighting for your life hours later. If spotted early enough, the disease is easily treatable with antibiotics – but spotting it early enough is the problem. It isn’t always easy to, in part because so many of us are still ignorant of the condition. It nevertheless affects a great many: more than 150,000 people a year in the UK alone, killing some 44,000. This figure is higher than those for prostate, bowel and breast cancer combined.
(Article dated 14/02/16)
- Zika Crisis– More than 5,000 pregnant Colombian women have been infected with the Zika virus, the country’s health authority has said, as the outbreak continues to spread across the Americas. An epidemiology bulletin from Colombia’s national health institute said there were 31,555 cases of the mosquito-borne virus in the country, including 5,013 pregnant women. The virus is believed to be linked to a neurological birth defect known as microcephaly, in which babies are born with abnormally small heads and suffer incomplete brain development. At the end of January, the Colombian health minister, Alejandro Gaviria, reported roughly 20,000 Zika infections, placing the country second only to Brazil in the severity of its outbreak. No figure for pregnant women was given at the time.
(Article dated: 13/02/16)