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  • GPs reject out-of-hours work due to ‘exhaustion’, finds BMA survey

A majority of GPs cite exhaustion as the main reason why they do not work out of hours, a survey by BMA Wales has shown. In all, 64% of respondents cited this as one of their key barriers preventing them from taking on shifts.

24 January 2018

  • NHS hospitals facing serious shortages of vital equipment

The surge in numbers of people needing care has also led to some hospitals running out of beds for patients to sleep in, mattresses to lie on and trolleys to use while they wait for admission.

25 January 2018

  • Jeremy Hunt says doctors must be allowed to discuss mistakes

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said doctors need to be able to reflect openly and freely about mistakes they have made. He was speaking on the Today programme following the case of Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba, who was struck off after being found guilty of the manslaughter by gross negligence of a six-year-old boy.

26 January 2018

  • Nursing has been woefully managed. No wonder there’s a crisis

The health select committee’s report on the nursing workforce is a excoriating critique of the multiple errors in policy and practice that have created a recruitment and retention crisis. Indeed, it is difficult to identify a single aspect of nursing workforce management that is not being mishandled.

27 January 2018



  • Constipation death ‘wholly preventable’

Richard Handley, who had Down’s syndrome, died at Ipswich Hospital on 17 November 2012. Some 10kg (1.5 stone) of faeces was removed from his body two days before. The 33-year-old had been admitted from his supported living home after his family became concerned about his distended abdomen.

22 January 2018

  • ‘Growing problem’ of addiction to prescription drugs probed

Public Health England is launching a review into the “growing problem” of prescription drug addiction. NHS data suggest one in every 11 patients in England is being prescribed medication that could be addictive, or difficult to come off.

24 January 2018

  • Could wood burners and scented candles be the death of you?

While indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than outside – what we breathe at home is affected by the smallest considerations such as kitchen ventilation and even the type of paint you use to decorate – our hygge habit could be affecting the environment, too.

25 January 2018

  • Alcoholic Drinks Should Have Cigarette-Style Health Labels, Says Charity

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) said fewer than one in six people (16%) were aware of the Government’s low-risk alcohol guidelines, only one in 10 knew of the link between alcohol and cancer, and the majority (80%) were unable to correctly estimate the calories in a glass of wine.

26 January 2018

  • Mental Health Act reform proposals

Sally Cheseldine (Letters, 26 January) suggests that reforms of English mental health law might follow Scotland in providing for short-term 28-day detention, and rights of appeal against short and long-term detention, supported by legal aid.

28 January 2018



  • One cigarette a day ‘increases heart disease and stroke risk’

Smokers need to quit cigarettes rather than cut back on them to significantly lower their risk of heart disease and stroke, a large BMJ study suggests. People who smoked even one cigarette a day were still about 50% more likely to develop heart disease and 30% more likely to have a stroke than people who had never smoked, researchers said.

25 January 2018              

  • Diabetes and poor blood glucose control linked to long-term cognitive decline in UK patients

Diabetes and worse blood glucose control are associated with long-term cognitive decline, according to new study of some 5,000 older people in the UK. It found rates of long-term cognitive decline were steeper in those who have diabetes compared with people with normal blood sugar control.

26 January 2018



  • US flu outbreak is worst since 2009 swine pandemic

More Americans are seeking medical care for flu than at any time since the “swine” pandemic of nearly a decade ago, say US health officials. Thirty-seven children have died and nearly 12,000 patients have been admitted to hospital nationwide.

26 January 2018                                                                                                    

  • Leo Varadkar to campaign to liberalise Irish abortion laws

Ireland’s taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, has confirmed he will campaign for the liberalisation of Ireland’s anti-abortion laws in an upcoming referendum. The prime minister had faced criticism for appearing ambiguous about the referendum on abortion, particularly the suggestion that terminations in Irish hospitals should be allowed up to 12 weeks into the pregnancy.

27 January 2018



  • Girl, 6, whose eyes were left bleeding and bulging out of her head due to cancer can finally see again

Little Dhanika, from a small village in north-east India, was in constant pain and several doctors were unable to diagnose her condition. She was eventually taken to Agartala Government Medical College in December where she was diagnosed with leukaemia – a type of blood cancer which effects cells in bone marrow and attacks the immune system.

25 January 2018

  • Should first aid be made compulsory in schools?

Nine-year-old Jack saved his father’s life over the breakfast table, thanks to skills he learnt from a video presented by Dr Ranj and shown in his classroom. With shocking new research showing that 95% adults would not be able to save a life in a first aid emergency, today, three UK charities are calling for it to be made compulsory in schools.

29 January 2018

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