Latest NHS and Health News -7 day round-up

Latest NHS and Health News -7 day round-up


  • UK equality watchdog writes to UN to express concerns over the junior doctors’ contract

The UK’s equality watchdog has written to the UN to express concerns that the proposed junior doctors’ contract is “potentially discriminatory”.  The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) raised the issue in its April submission to the UN on equality in the UK, which has been seen by The Independent.

28 April 2016

  • TTIP treaty which campaigners say could harm the NHS rocked by massive document leak

A trade deal campaigners claim could contribute to creeping NHS privatisation has been rocked by a massive document leak. Activists renewed their warnings today as they released 250 pages of negotiations behind the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The documents reveal there are “irreconcilable differences” in some areas of the draft treaty between the US and the EU.

2 May 2016

  • Struggling GP partners set to go salaried as trusts seize practice contracts

Around a dozen further GP practices struggling with recruitment woes and defunding are in talks to give up their contracts and become employed by trusts, Pulse can reveal.

NHS England’s Somerset pilot for new hospital-led GP models could soon hold as many as 10 GP practice contracts, and employ all of the partners who are not retiring.

19 April 2016

  • Southern Health chairman resigns over new revelations

The chairman of one of England’s biggest mental health trusts has resigned ahead of a critical report to be published on Friday. Mike Petter said he was standing down from Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust to allow a new board to make improvements.

28 April 2016



  • How Boots went rogue

Britain’s biggest pharmacy used to be a family business, dedicated to serving society. Now, many of the company’s own staff believe that its relentless drive for profit is putting the public at risk

Medical Solicitor’s Director, Caroline Moore comments: .”It appears that, even with experienced pharmacists looking after your prescriptions, the level of quality checks may at times be compromised.Patients would be very wise to most carefully check what medications have been dispensed to them, whether this is the correct medication in the first place, and whether the dosage has been specified correctly on the label. If anything is not as usual, patients should question this with the phramacy directly, and their own GP, if necessary.”

13 April 2016

  • E-Cigarettes Can Help Smokers Quit, British Doctors Say

E-cigarettes are not as dangerous as traditional lit tobacco products and can be useful to help smokers quit, British doctors said Thursday. In a statement sure to generate controversy, the Royal College of Physicians endorsed the use of vaping to help wean smokers away from cigarettes, cigars and pipes — at least in Britain.

28 April 2016

  • Are YOUR portion sizes too big? Expert reveals how much you should be eating – and half a scone, 120g of steak and just one biscuit are a single helping
    For decades, diet gurus have advised slimmers to simply ‘eat less’ but while that mantra seems easy, it turns out that it’s harder than it sounds. According to nutritionists there is no official guideline on portion sizes in the UK and there are no rules for food manufacturers to tell customers how counts as a serving. So while you may be cutting down the amount you eat, it still may not be enough.

29 April 2016


  • Mediterranean-style diet reduces stroke risk in heart patients – study

People with heart disease have a lower risk of heart attack and strokes if they eat a Mediterranean-style diet, according to an international study of more than 15,000 people in 39 countries. The study is the latest to extol the potential benefits of consuming fruit, vegetables, fish and unrefined foods. It found that for every 100 people with heart disease eating the highest proportion of healthy Mediterranean foods, there were three fewer heart attacks, strokes or deaths compared with 100 people eating the least amount of healthy foods during a three-and-a-half-year period.

25 April 2016

  • Gene therapy reverses sight loss and is long-lasting

A genetic therapy has improved the vision of patients who would otherwise have gone blind. A clinical study by British scientists has shown that the improvement is long-lasting and so the therapy is suitable to be offered as a treatment. The researchers will apply for approval to begin trials to treat more common forms of blindness next year. The therapy involve injecting working copy of the gene into the back of the eyes to help cells regenerate.

28 April 2016

  • Breast cancer: Scientists hail ‘milestone’ genetic find

Scientists say they now have a near-perfect picture of the genetic events that cause breast cancer. The study, published in Nature, has been described as a “milestone” moment that could help unlock new ways of treating and preventing the disease. The largest study of its kind unpicked practically all the errors that cause healthy breast tissue to go rogue.

2 May 2016

  • New drugs for aggressive prostate cancer ‘promising’

A new type of drug could benefit men with aggressive prostate cancer that is no longer responding to treatment, researchers from the Institute of Cancer Research have said.

In a study on mice, Hsp90 inhibitors were found to strip cancer cells of defences against hormone treatments. This makes the drugs particularly promising for treating drug-resistant cancers, the research team said.


  • Amal Clooney eloquently undermines Donald Trump’s controversial Muslim ban speech

While garnering an increasing number of supporters as he edges closer towards securing the Republican nomination, Donald Trump has also amassed his fair share of detractors. Amal Clooney became his latest critic on Tuesday when she took a moment to highlight flaws in some of Trump’s most controversial claims in recent months. Amal, a human rights lawyer who is married to George Clooney, criticised him as he prepared to outline what his principal foreign policies would be should he be elected to the White House in November.

Caroline Moore, Director of Medical Solicitors comments: “I am keen to say I am not a Trump fan. Go on, Amal–a formidable lady!”

27 April 2016


  • New study shows a glass or two of wine with dinner is good for your health

Having a glass of wine with your dinner could lead to better mental and physical health and higher self-esteem. Contrary to UK Government advice suggesting keeping several days ‘alcohol free’, a new study from researchers in Finland, published in the Alcohol and Alcoholism journal, found several glasses of wine per day with an evening meal could actually be good for you.

Medical Solicitors Director, Caroline Moore comments: “This is all well and good, but every individual needs to take a commonsense approach to their own health. Do the few glasses of wine in the evening help you jump out of bed in the morning? We are often seeing this subject reported in contradictory stories now. It is very confusing and at the end of the day you have to ask yourself -what is really good for you as an individual?”

1 May 2016


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