Latest NHS and Healthcare News

Latest NHS and Healthcare News

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ALL ABOUT THE NHS:

  • Jeremy Hunt forced to U-turn on mental health figures after making false claim to Parliament

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has admitted making false claims in the House of Commons about an increase in the number of NHS mental health workers. In a statement on World Mental Health Day, Mr Hunt told MPs: “We’ve got 30,000 more people working in mental health today than we had when [Labour] left office.”

12 October 2017

www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/jeremy-hunt-mental-health-employment-figures-u-turn-parliament-false-claim-house-of-commons-a7996036.html

  • GPs to be given £20,000 golden handshake for starting in rural areas

GPs in training will receive a “golden hello” of £20,000 if they start their careers in the countryside or on the coast in a bid to boost the number of family doctors in areas with difficulty recruiting. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is to introduce a package of measures to help the struggling GP workforce.

12 October 2017

www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/nhs-gps-20000-golden-handshake-rural-practices-doctors-jeremy-hunt-health-a7996286.html

  • ‘Vindictive’ hospital staff ‘taunted’ young psychiatric patients

Adolescents were allowed to self-harm with objects they found in the rubbish, while four allegations of sexual assault were reported by patients supposedly under “constant observation” at Cygnet Hospital in Woking, Surrey.

14 October 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/14/vindictive-hospital-staff-taunted-young-psychiatric-patients/

  • NHS patients to be asked about sexuality

Health professionals in England are to be told to ask patients aged 16 or over about their sexual orientation, under new NHS guidelines. NHS England said no-one would be forced to answer the question but recording the data would ensure that “no patient is discriminated against”.

15 October 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41625402

  • Super-sized chocolate bars to be driven out of hospitals to tackle obesity

Super-sized chocolate bars will be driven out of hospital shops and canteens under new targets to tackle obesity, the head of NHS England has pledged. Hospitals will receive extra funding if they limit most sweets and chocolates on sale to a maximum of 250 calories, under the plans.

16 October 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/16/super-sized-chocolate-bars-driven-hospitals-tackle-obesity/

 

GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:

  • How should I tell my children they’re fat?

When her 8-year-old daughter started a new school in a new town, Kim was heartbroken – but not altogether surprised – when she came home after her first day and said some older boys had called her fat.

12 October 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/women/family/should-tell-children-fat/

  • No More Drink, No More Drama

Life as a drinker is fairly boring and monotonous. Combine that with a feeling of being emotionally numb. Spiritually empty. And there becomes a real need for drama, just to feel like something is happening.

13 October 2017

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/carrie-armstrong/no-more-drink-no-more-dra_b_18255240.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-health

  • Croup: What Parents Need To Know If Their Child Has A ‘Barking Cough’

It’s that time of year again, when coughs and colds are on the rise, and it feels like everyone is permanently sniffling, or just wants to be tucked up in bed. But if your child has a ‘barking cough’, they may not have just come down with a run-of-the-mill cold, it could be a sign of a childhood condition known as croup.

13 October 2017

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/croup-cough-symptoms-what-to-look-out-for_uk_59df6020e4b00abf3646b7be?utm_hp_ref=uk-health

  • Why I secretly taped my disability assessment

Every month 60,000 ill and disabled people have their needs assessed for benefits. Some are so worried about the process that they are using mobile phones to secretly record those interviews, critics say. But using that evidence to overturn a decision is not straightforward.

16 October 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41581060

 

RESEARCH STORIES:

  • DNA study provides insight into how to live longer

Every year spent in education adds an average of 11 months to people’s lifespan, say scientists. The researchers say a person loses two months for every kilogram overweight they are – and seven years for smoking a packet of cigarettes a day.

13 October 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41588613

  • Magic mushrooms can ‘reset’ depressed brain

A hallucinogen found in magic mushrooms can “reset” the brains of people with untreatable depression, raising hopes of a future treatment, scans suggest. The small study gave 19 patients a single dose of the psychedelic ingredient psilocybin.

14 October 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41608984

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLD:

  • World Leaders Urged To Act To Prevent ‘Post-Antibiotic Apocalypse’

England’s chief medical officer has warned of a “post-antibiotic apocalypse” as she issued a call to action urging global leaders to address the growing threat of antibiotic resistance. Professor Dame Sally Davies said that if antibiotics lose their effectiveness it will spell “the end of modern medicine”.

13 October 2017

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/antibiotics-resistance-apocalypse-warning-chief-medical-officer-professor-dame-sally-davies-drugs-a7996806.html

 

GOOD NEWS STORIES!

  • From peas in a pod to a kidney transplant: how my little brother saved my life

Late in the morning of 23 August, my brother and I were wheeled into adjoining operating theatres at the Royal Free hospital in London for a surgical procedure to splice a living part of his body – a healthy, shining kidney – with mine, making literal something I’ve always felt. He is part of me, as I am part of him. Our lives are entwined like vine and tree.

14 October 2017

www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/oct/14/from-peas-in-a-pod-to-a-kidney-transplant-how-my-little-brother-saved-my-life

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