Latest NHS and Healthcare News

Latest NHS and Healthcare News

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ALL ABOUT THE NHS:        

  • NHS parking charges: Hospitals made £174m in a year

Hospitals in England made a record £174m last year in charging for parking, an investigation has found. The figure for 2016-17 was 6% up on the previous financial year, data collected by the Press Association under the Freedom of Information Act showed.

28 December 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-42503230

  • Richard Branson’s Virgin healthcare firm scoops £1bn of NHS contracts

Richard Branson’s Virgin Care won a record £1bn of NHS contracts last year, as £3.1bn of health services were privatised despite a government pledge to reduce the proportion of care provided by private companies. Overall, private firms scooped 267 – almost 70% – of the 386 clinical contracts that were put out to tender in England during 2016-17, according to a new report.

29 December 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/dec/29/richard-branson-virgin-scoops-1bn-pounds-of-nhs-contracts

  • Four in ten doctors think the NHS should not pay for IVF, poll finds 

Fertility experts last night said the views were “remarkably uncaring” consigning those unable to conceive naturally to a lifetime of misery. Polling of almost 600 medics found fertility treatment, osteopathy, and hip and knee surgery for the obese among areas doctors would target for cuts.

30 December 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/30/four-ten-doctors-think-nhs-should-not-pay-ivf-poll-finds/

  • 50 per cent surge in Scottish patients being sent to rest of UK for specialist treatment

The Liberal Democrats urged Shona Robison, the Health Minister, to explain why the number of Scots referred for treatment to England, Wales or Northern Ireland increased from 427 in 2013/14 to 625 in 2016/17. Over the same period the cost of referring patients to hospitals in other parts of the UK has increased from £11.9 million to £15.2 million.

30 December 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/30/50-per-cent-surge-scottish-patients-sent-rest-uk-specialist/

 

GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:

  • Ask the pharmacist: Will a flu jab make me feel ill?

Q: Will a flu jab make me feel ill? The flu jab will not give you flu as it is not a live vaccine; the vaccine consists of an inactivated form of the virus. Some people get a slight fever or aching muscles following a vaccination which is the body’s normal reaction to fighting off something new in the body, but it is not flu itself; your arm may feel a bit sore where you had the injection.
26 December 2017

www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5202787/Ask-pharmacist-flu-jab-make-feel-ill.html

  • Tesco Apologises After Complaints Of ‘Rotten’ Christmas Turkeys

Tesco has apologised after customers complained the turkey they bought for their Christmas dinner was “rotten” or “gone off”. The supermarket’s social media feeds were bombarded by angry customers who claimed the centrepiece of their festive meal was either inedible or had made people ill.

27 December 2017

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/tesco-apologises-after-complaints-of-rotten-christmas-turkeys_uk_5a435828e4b0b0e5a7a3b7a6?utm_hp_ref=uk-health-news

  • Anti-Smoking TV Advert Shows Damaging Effects Of Poisons From Cigarette Tar

The campaign also highlights how smoking can lead to elevated levels of cadmium – a metal used in batteries – in the blood, as well as cancer-causing nitrosamines and carbon monoxide. Public Health England (PHE) has released the advert to urge the country’s seven million smokers to have a go at quitting this New Year.

29 December 2017

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/anti-smoking-tv-advert-shows-damaging-effects-of-poisons-from-cigarette-tar_uk_5a460d03e4b025f99e1ad383?utm_hp_ref=uk-health-news

  • Britain’s only woman to carry her heart in a backpack: Amazing £86,000 device that keeps this mother alive

As Selwa Hussain prepares to welcome in the New Year, she knows she is a very fortunate – and unique – woman. The 39-year-old mother of two has recently undergone a life-saving operation so radical that she now, in effect, carries her heart around in a rucksack.

30 December 2017

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5223593/Britains-woman-carry-heart-backpack.html

  • Giving up alcohol for a year salvaged my mental health

After a late breakfast on New Year’s Day, I announced to my girlfriend and housemates that I was quitting alcohol and cigarettes for a year. Understandably, their first reaction was to laugh. To begin with, my method of dealing with the social awkwardness of not drinking was to self-advertise – I told anyone who would listen that I was going booze-free.

31 December 2017

www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/dec/31/giving-up-alcohol-salvaged-mental-health

 

RESEARCH STORIES:

  • Breakthroughs put diseases on the back foot

It has been a remarkable year of promise in medical science. Incurable diseases from sickle cell to haemophilia now look as though they can be treated. Here are the highlights.

24 December 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-42402420

  • ‘Intelligent toothbrush’ could detect deadly heart problems 

Scientists are developing a toothbrush, which could give an early warning of potentially deadly heart problems. Spanish researchers are investigating whether a ‘smartbrush’ can detect changes in the saliva with such accuracy that it can alert patients to signs of cardiac disease.

30 December 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/30/intelligent-toothbrush-could-detect-deadly-heart-problems/

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLD:

  • Myanmar Rohingya crisis: UK medics to help tackle diphtheria

A team of British medical staff is travelling to Bangladesh to help tackle an outbreak of diphtheria affecting Rohingya Muslim refugee camps. The first of more than 40 doctors, nurses and firefighters are on their way to Cox’s Bazar – at the request of the World Health Organization.

28 December 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42500514

  • Could the NFL ever be safe? As football is blamed for crippling players’ brains, we explain the medical scandals – and how the game could change to protect its stars

This was an unprecedented year in research highlighting the dangers of head injuries to football players, striking the NFL and raising questions about the future of the league. In an attempt to improve players’ overall safety and prevent injuries, the NFL has implemented nearly 50 rule changes in the past 15 years, with the most recent ones geared at protecting the head and neck.

29 December 2017

www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5221497/Could-NFL-safe-players-brains.html

 

GOOD NEWS STORIES!

  • Organ donation campaigner, 18, in New Year Honours

Lucia Mee has been awarded a British Empire Medal for her work raising awareness of organ donation. The 18-year-old, from Ballycastle in Northern Ireland, who has had three liver transplants – the first aged eight – is the youngest person on the New Year Honours list.

29 December 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-42513711

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