Latest news NHS and Health issues – Round Up !
All the latest news NHS and Health issues that we focused upon in the last 7 days!
ALL ABOUT THE NHS CASH CRISIS:
- Judge labels clin neg fixed costs ‘profoundly ‘
Outspoken Queen’s Bench judge Master Cook has slammed government plans to push ahead with fixed costs in clinical negligence cases worth up to £250,000. The master said change ‘should not be driven on the basis of out-of-date statistics and the short-term financial interest of the NHS’, despite the ‘perhaps irresistible momentum’ towards fixed costs in civil claims. (Article dated 25/02/2016)
- Political will – needed for properly funded NHS
We are constantly told that our NHS is under pressure and underfunded. It is not possible to take into account every clinical encounter across the UK each year; however figures for surgical procedures and blood transfusions (accounting for 85% of the published never events) are available in the public domain. There have been more than 36m operations and 8.4m blood transfusions in the NHS in the past four years, and the probability of a never event affecting a single episode during that time is 0.003% and 0.0001% respectively. (Article dated 25/02/2016)
ALL ABOUT JUNIOR DOCTORS AND 7 DAY WEEK:
- Junior doctors set to hold more strikes
Junior doctors are to take part in three more strikes and launch a judicial review as part of their fight against the government’s decision to impose a new contract in England. The government condemned the announcement by the British Medical Association, which comes two weeks after ministers said they would force the changes on doctors from the summer. Ministers say the contract will improve services, and strikes are unnecessary. (Article dated 23/02/2016)
- Junior doctors will boycott review into poor morale
Junior doctors are preparing to boycott a review into falling morale among medics, the Guardian understands, casting doubt on the inquiry, which was announced on the same day the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, vowed to impose a controversial new contract. The Department of Health may now be forced to overhaul the terms of the independent review of junior doctors’ poor morale, announced by Hunt earlier this month. (Article dated 26/02/2016)
GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:
- Learning disabilities treatment care is ”intolerable”.
Treatment of some people with learning disabilities in hospitals and care homes is “intolerable”, a review of the sector in England has found. Sir Stephen Bubb had recommended moving people to community care and a charter of rights after the abuse scandal at Winterbourne View care home in 2011. In his final report, he criticised lack of progress and said a commissioner should be appointed to drive reform. The government is understood to be looking at all the recommendations. (article dated 22/02/2016)
- Private clinics accused of cashing in on meningitis jab demand
Private clinics have been accused of “cashing in” on the increased demand for meningitis vaccinations by charging up to £750 for a child’s treatment. This is more than 12 times the cost of the same three-dose course on the NHS, which is around £60. Parliament are expected to discuss reversing a controversial decision to limit the meningitis B vaccine to babies under nine months after MPs acknowledged that a record-breaking online petition had to be “taken seriously”. (Article Dated 28/02/2016)
- Ambulances referred by NHS 111 service deliberately delayed under secret trust policy, inquiry finds
Probe concludes decision to embark on the plan which affected 20,000 patients was taken by boss of South East Coast Ambulance Trust. Up to 20,000 patients were subject to deliberate delays under the covert operation, which forced high-risk cases in the South East to wait automatically up to twice as long if their call was referred from the helpline.
An inquiry into the scandal, which was exposed by this newspaper in October, has concluded that the decision to embark on the plan was taken by the chief executive of South East Coast Ambulance Trust. (Article Dated 28/02/2016)
- Tech could offer the NHS ‘quick ‘
The relationship between the NHS and information technology has not always been smooth. But, in this week’s Scrubbing Up Dr Rob Watson says we shouldn’t give up hope – and there is potential for technology to improve the way the health service works, for doctors and patients. I couldn’t believe it when I first started practising medicine. I’d never seen a fax machine before. Things didn’t get any better: what’s a pager? When I made a to-do list at work, it was on a piece of paper kept in my back pocket. I’d draw little squares and fill them in as I completed jobs. Who does that? (article dated 29/02/2016)
Medical Solicitors comment: we hope that if I-Pads take off and are carried around the wards, great efforts are made to keep them clean and germ free!
- Thousands of NHS nursing and doctor posts lie vacant
More than two-thirds of trusts and health boards in the UK are actively trying to recruit from abroad as they struggle to cope with a shortage of qualified staff, figures reveal. Tens of thousands of NHS nursing and doctor posts are vacant. The statistics, obtained by the BBC, show the scale of the NHS recruitment crisis. Health unions blame poor workforce planning, but officials say the NHS has more staff than ever before. (article dated 29/02/2016)
Medical Solicitors comment: any English-speaking and literate doctors and nurses on the refugee lines?!
AND FINISHING WITH SOME GOOD NEWS STORIES!
- Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey discharged from hospital
Scottish medic released and is “not infectious”, according to the Royal Free Hospital. Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey has been discharged from hospital after being treated for the third time for a complication linked to the disease. The Royal Free Hospital said the Scottish medic was released on Sunday and is “not infectious”. The 40-year-old was originally infected with the killer disease while working in Sierra Leone in December 2014, and she was flown from Glasgow to the London hospital on February 23 for her latest treatment. (Article Dated 28/02/2016)
- Rise in wellbeing in late 60s, survey finds
The wellbeing of people in their 60s increases as they reach the age of 70, according to a national survey. That is despite many people in the age group having, at least, one chronic disease. Participants were asked to rate how confident, cheerful, relaxed and useful they felt in their early 60s and then again aged 68 to 69. The Medical Research Council survey has tracked the health and wellbeing of 1,700 people since their birth. (article dated 29/02/2016)