Latest NHS and Healthcare News

Latest NHS and Healthcare News

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ALL ABOUT THE NHS:         

  • A third of NHS doctors trained overseas, raising fears of staffing crisis

The General Medical Council (GMC) said the over-reliance on doctors trained abroad meant the medical profession was now at a “crunch point”, as many medics turn their back on Britain in the wake of Brexit. Forty-three per cent of doctors in the East of England are non-UK graduates, along with 41% in the West Midlands and 38% in the East Midlands – compared with the national average of 33%.

20 December 2017

www.theweek.co.uk/90552/a-third-of-nhs-doctors-trained-overseas-raising-fears-of-staffing-crisis

  • Hospitals to cancel ops to cope with winter surge

Hospitals across England have been told to cancel non-emergency operations in the new year to prepare for a post-Christmas surge in patients. The first weeks of January are often the busiest of the year with winter illnesses peaking, combined with the growing day-to-day demand in A&E.

21 December 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-42439679

  • Four in five GPs ordering needless drugs and tests for fear of being sued, amid soaring small claims by patients

Four in five GPs say they are ordering needless tests and drugs for patients for fear of otherwise being sued. It comes amid soaring numbers of  successful small claims against the NHS, which have risen by more than a quarter in one year. A survey of more than 1,300 doctors by the Medical Protection Society (MPS) found 87 per cent are increasingly fearful of litigation

21 December 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/21/four-five-gps-ordering-needless-drugs-tests-fear-sued-amid-soaring/

  • NHS Issues Desperate Plea As Number On Heart Transplant Waiting List Rises By 24%

NHS Blood and Transplant is urging people to tell their families they wish to become organ donors, after statistics revealed the number of people spending Christmas on the heart transplant waiting list is 24% higher than last year. There are currently 298 people on the waiting list for a heart transplant compared to 240 people at the same time last year.

22 December 2017

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/nhs-issues-desperate-plea-as-number-on-heart-transplant-waiting-list-rises-by-24-percent_uk_5a3bdd07e4b025f99e155fd2?utm_hp_ref=uk-health-news

 

GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:

  • Western Societies will ‘Give up alcohol’ within a generation, leading drugs scientist claims

Professor David Nutt, a former government drugs advisor teaching at Imperial College, said “alcosynth” will mimic the popular effects of alcohol – without the sickness and throbbing headache commonly experienced the following day.

18 December 2017

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/alcohol-give-up-generation-hangover-free-replacement-alcosynth-david-nutt-tobacco-cigarettes-a8115406.html

  • UK’s most googled health issue of 2017 revealed

“What is cancer?” is the UK’s most googled health question in 2017 (so far), data reveals. According to experts at Google Trends, other pressing health issues searched for online by British people this year were diabetes, blood pressure and a condition called sepsis.

20 December 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-42416338

  • Councils issue warning over further cuts to public health funding

The Local Government Association said the ministerial statement confirmed that councils’ public health grant funding was being cut by £531m between 2015-16 and 2019-20. It follows reductions in funding for previous years, as reported by Nursing Times.

22 December 2017

www.nursingtimes.net/news/news-topics/public-health/councils-issue-warning-over-further-cuts-to-public-health-funding/7022587.article

  • Teenage girl who suffered devastating health problems after swine flu vaccine denied DWP payout

A teenager who suffered serious health problems after receiving the swine flu vaccination was refused a DWP payout after being told she does not meet the disability criteria. Triggering years of health problems, Gabrielle Williams was 11 when she was given the vaccination in January 2010.

22 December 2017

www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/teenage-girl-who-suffered-devastating-11736774

 

RESEARCH STORIES:

  • Dementia Can’t Be Prevented With Exercise, Brain-Training Or Vitamins, Study Concludes

There’s no proven method for preventing dementia in later life, a review of multiple studies has found. Researchers wanted to determine whether physical activity, prescription medications, brain training or over-the-counter vitamins and supplements could help prevent dementia.

18 December 2017

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/dementia-cannot-be-prevented-with-exercise-brain-training-or-vitamins-study-finds_uk_5a37e723e4b0ff955ad50861?utm_hp_ref=uk-health-news

  • Nerve-switch surgery restores function of paralyzed arms in small study

Dr. Robert Spinner, chairman of neurosurgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, said it’s possible the benefits were caused by simply cutting the bad nerve leading to the affected arm, a much simpler procedure than the nerve transfer surgery.

20 December 2017

in.reuters.com/article/us-health-paralysis-surgery/nerve-switch-surgery-restores-function-of-paralyzed-arms-in-small-study-idINKBN1EE2TE

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLD:

  • Life expectancy in US down for second year in a row as opioid crisis deepens

Life expectancy in the US has declined for the second year in a row as the opioid crisis continues to ravage the nation. It is the first time in half a century that there have been two consecutive years of declining life expectancy.

21 December 2017

www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/dec/21/us-life-expectancy-down-for-second-year-in-a-row-amid-opioid-crisis

  • Novartis combo therapy for melanoma gets FDA priority review

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted priority review for Novartis’s Tafinlar in combination with Mekinist for treating some patients with advanced melanoma, the Swiss drugmaker said on Friday.

22 December 2017

in.reuters.com/article/us-novartis-melanoma/novartis-combo-therapy-for-melanoma-gets-fda-priority-review-idINKBN1EG0J9

 

GOOD NEWS STORIES!

  • Transplant patient’s Christmas plea: talk to your family about organ donation

“Heart transplant is the most amazing treatment for patients with advanced heart failure. The transformation is quite miraculous. On average, a heart transplant recipient can expect to live for another 14 years; the lucky ones could even get 25 or 30 extra years.”

22 December 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/dec/22/transplant-patients-christmas-plea-talk-to-your-family-about-organ-donation

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