Latest NHS and Health News

Latest NHS and Health News

Here is the latest NHS and Healthcare News from the last week that our Team focused upon at Medical Solicitors!


  • Ambulances ‘too slow to reach 999 calls’

Ambulance services are struggling to reach seriously ill and injured patients quickly enough after Read our latest NHS and Healthcare newsrising demand has left the system over-stretched, a BBC investigation has found. Patients with life-threatening conditions – like cardiac arrests – are meant to be reached in eight minutes.

30 November 2016

  • HIV ‘game-changer’ now on NHS

A drug that dramatically reduces the risk of being infected with HIV will now be given to patients by the NHS in England. The health service lost a court battle in the summer after arguing responsibility for paying for it should fall to local authorities not the NHS.

4 December 2016

  • Doctors caring for dying patients need more support, BMA says

The British Medical Association has called for more support for doctors caring for dying patients after a survey found fewer than one in five physicians feel they get sufficient assistance. The poll highlighted the deep-seated effect that treating patients at the end of their life has on doctors, with 93.9% saying it has an emotional impact on them.

5 December 2016



  • Stephen Hawking Reveals Simple Formula For Tackling Obesity, Adding ‘It’s Not Rocket Science’

Professor Stephen Hawking is campaigning for people to tackle obesity before it’s too late. In a new advert for Swedish non-profit GEN-PEP, the British cosmologist and physicist says that humanity faces a major challenge and “millions of lives are in danger”.

30 November 2016

  • Woman Makes Full Recovery After Contracting Zika Virus Through ‘Sexual Transmission’

A woman in the UK has made a full recovery after she became infected with Zika virus transmitted through sex, health officials said. Public Health England (PHE) said that one case of “likely sexual transmission” of Zika virus infection had been reported here in the UK.

2 December 2016

  • Health advisers call for minimum alcohol unit pricing

Introducing a minimum price per unit of alcohol in England would improve the health of the heaviest drinkers, a review by Public Health England says. The report found that although alcohol consumption has dropped since 2008, those in poorer communities are more likely to suffer or die from alcohol-related disease.

2 December 2016

  • Cost of social care has rocketed over last year, analysis shows

The cost of social care rocketed over the last year, even as the proportion of services ranked good or outstanding fell, according to a new analysis. Social care services directory found that the price of a week in a care home jumped by almost a quarter over the last year, from an average of £557.86 a week to £686.32, while the cost of a nursing home rose more than a third from £692.17 per week to £924.82.

5 December 2016



  • Sleep deprived workers cost UK £40 billion a year in lost productivity, study finds

Bosses should consider providing nap rooms for employees and not expect them to answer emails after hours, according to a new report into the effects of sleep deprivation on productivity. Workers who don’t turn up because they are exhausted or ill through lack of sleep – or those who do come to work but are tired and sluggish – cost the UK $50 billion (£40 billion) a year, found the study.

30 November 2016

  • Magic mushrooms may ease anxiety and depression in cancer patients, studies find

The psychedelic drug in “magic mushrooms” can quickly and effectively help treat anxiety and depression in cancer patients, an effect that may last for months, two small studies show. It worked for Dinah Bazer, who endured a terrifying hallucination that rid her of the fear that her ovarian cancer would return.

1 December 2016

  • Parkinson’s disease ‘may start in gut’

Scientists in California say they have transformed understanding of Parkinson’s disease. Their animal experiments, published in the journal Cell, suggest the brain disorder may be caused by bacteria living in the gut.

2 December 2016



  • Poor diet blamed as scurvy reappears in Australia

Scurvy, a disease historically associated with old-world sailors on long voyages, is making a surprise comeback in Australia, with health officials Tuesday revealing a rare spate of cases. Caused by vitamin C deficiency, the condition used to be a common – and often fatal – curse among seafarers who went months without fresh fruit and vegetables.

29 November 2016

  • Zambia’s HIV ‘warrior’ MP taking on taboos

She tested positive to HIV in 1997 and the next year went public about her status, defying her husband – and traditional taboos – in doing so. “I felt like a ray of light had hit me after testing positive and I shouted ‘Praise God!’. Such a reaction was not humanly possible even for me to understand but I looked at it as an avenue to change the lives of others,” the 40-year-old told the BBC.

30 November 2016

  • The horror of Russian healthcare

On paper, Russian citizens are entitled to free universal healthcare. In practice, however, they are required to take out compulsory private medical insurance, while it’s also common for patients at state hospitals to bribe doctors for adequate treatment. Although hospitals in Moscow and St. Petersburg, the country’s two biggest cities, are largely serviceable, the situation is different in cash-strapped regions such as the province of Penza.

3 December 2016



  • Nestlé says it can slash sugar in chocolate without changing taste

Nestlé says it has found a way of slashing the amount of sugar in some of its chocolate bars by 40%, without compromising the taste. The Swiss food company, whose products include Kit Kats, Aeros and Yorkies, said it has achieved the reduction by discovering a way “to structure sugar differently”.

1 December 2016

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