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Latest NHS and Health News

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ALL ABOUT THE NHS:

  • NHS workers demand 3.9% pay rise

Unions representing nurses and other NHS staff have written to the chancellor to demand a 3.9% pay rise and an extra £800 to make up for the “cut” they have seen in recent years. Fourteen unions have joined together to ask for the increase, saying pay has fallen by 15% since 2010 once inflation is taken into account.

15 September 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41274088

  • Roger Bainton: Surgeon struck off for harming patients

A facial surgeon has been struck off the medical register to “protect the public” after harming his patients. Roger Bainton carried out dozens of unnecessary operations and “experimental procedures” while working at Royal Stoke University Hospital from 2005 to 2013.

15 September 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-41281090

  • Two junior doctors left to care for 436 patients on ‘very unsafe’ night shift

Two junior doctors were left to care for more than 400 patients at a Plymouth hospital during a night shift, a report has revealed. The pressures on staffing at the Derriford hospital came to light in an anonymous concern raised by a doctor who said the situation was a “very unsafe shift from the patient perspective”.

18 September 2017

www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/sep/18/plymouth-hospital-report-reveals-unsafe-night-shift-practices

 

GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:

  • Prescription drug pregabalin linked to death rise

Deaths linked to a drug readily prescribed on the NHS have increased dramatically after claims it has flooded the black market. Pregabalin, used to treat pain, anxiety and epilepsy, is being sold illegally to addicts and taken with other drugs such as heroin, leading to overdoses.

11 September 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-devon-40937449/prescription-drug-pregabalin-linked-to-death-rise

  • Is The Morning After Pill Safe? What We Know So Far

As more and more pharmacies slash the price of the morning after pill, concerns have been raised that cheaper prices might encourage women to “misuse or overuse” it.

15 September 2017

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/is-the-morning-after-pill-safe_uk_59bba24ae4b086432b06151e?utm_hp_ref=uk-health

  • All over-40s should have a diabetes check, with millions put on diet, says health watchdog 

Every single person aged 40 and over should be offered an NHS diabetes check, with millions ordered to go on strict diets by GPs, under new plans. New recommendations from the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (Nice) say “intensive lifestyle change programmes” will be routinely offered to those whose weight or habits is jeopardising their health.

15 September 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/15/40s-should-have-diabetes-check-millions-put-diet/

  • New Channel 4 Adverts Show Viewers What It’s Like To Experience Sight Loss

Viewers tuned into Channel 4 on Monday night will get an insight into what it’s like to experience sight loss thanks to new adverts created to mimic the effects. The channel has partnered with Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), alongside five advertisers to enable viewers for the first time to experience an ad break through the eyes of two million people living with sight loss conditions in the UK.

18 September 2017

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/new-channel-4-adverts-show-viewers-what-its-like-to-experience-sight-loss_uk_59bbdf87e4b0edff971b76ee?utm_hp_ref=uk-health

 

RESEARCH STORIES:

  • Every childhood vaccine may go into a single jab

A technology that could eventually see every childhood vaccine delivered in a single injection has been developed by US researchers. Their one-shot solution stores the vaccine in microscopic capsules that release the initial dose and then boosters at specific times.

15 September 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41269196

  • ‘Fat patch’ to provide targeted weight-loss trialed in the US

A patch that promises to burn off pockets of unwanted fat such as “love handles” is being developed, scientists have announced. Successful initial trials in the US indicated the device could reduce localised fat by 20 per cent.

15 September 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/09/15/fat-patch-provide-targeted-weight-loss-trialed-us/

  • Poor diet is a factor in one in five deaths, global disease study reveals

Millions of people are eating the wrong sorts of food for good health. Eating a diet that is low in whole grains, fruit, nuts and seeds and fish oils and high in salt raises the risk of an early death, according to the huge and ongoing study Global Burden of Disease.

14 September 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/sep/14/poor-diet-is-a-factor-in-one-in-five-deaths-global-disease-study-reveals

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLD:

  • Venezuela’s President Tells Malnourished Citizens To Breed Rabbits

Venezuela’s government has launched a scheme to encouage people to breed rabbits and eat them as a way of countering frequently chronic food shortages and growing child malnutrition.  The government of Nicolas Maduro said the so-called Rabbit Plan would help boost food availability.

14 September 2017

www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/venezuela-nicolas-maduro-rabbits-breed-hunger-malnourishment-a7947591.html

  • Workers at two hospitals disciplined for violations involving patients’ genitals

Numerous medical professionals were disciplined for viewing patients’ genitals while they were unconscious or deceased, according to reports detailing separate incidents at two major US health systems.

15 September 2017

edition.cnn.com/2017/09/15/health/upmc-denver-patient-genitals/index.html

 

GOOD NEWS STORIES!

  • Facials and Zumba on the NHS in plans to get Britain healthy

Hospitals should build spas and offer facials and Zumba classes to encourage healthy lifestyles, say NHS chiefs. Officials have drawn up plans for “health campuses” which would see swimming pools, beauty treatments and aerobics offered alongside hip replacements.

17 September 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/17/facials-zumba-nhs-plans-get-britain-healthy/

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