Latest NHS and Health News – 7 day round-up!

Latest NHS and Health News – 7 day round-up!

Read our latest NHS and Health newsHere is the NHS and Health news that we focused upon in the last 7 days


  • Junior doctors strike: Pregnant women and cancer patients among 125,000 people hit by protest chaos

Heavily pregnant women and cancer sufferers are among more than 125,000 NHS patients whose hospital treatment has been postponed amid the chaos of the first ever all-out strike by junior doctors. Hospitals were last night making desperate efforts to prepare for the mass walkout on Tuesday and Wednesday this week which will hit Accident & Emergency units, maternity units and intensive care as well as general services.

24 April 2016

  • Junior doctors strike: 48-hour full walkout will cause ‘unacceptable’ risk of patient deaths, warns Jeremy Hunt

A full walkout by junior doctors on Tuesday will cause an “unacceptable” risk of patient deaths, Jeremy Hunt has warned, as new figures show one in three hospitals are already in crisis ahead of the strikes. The Health Secretary has urged the British Medical Association (BMA) to “put patients first”, saying it was not too late to call off strikes which could have “deeply worrying” consequences.

25 April 2016

  • BMA considers permanent strike for junior doctors

The British Medical Association has not ruled out staging a permanent junior doctors’ strike and mass resignation of trainees ahead of this week’s 48-hour walkout, which for the first time will include A&E units, in the dispute over new contracts. On Monday, a day before the unprecedented action is due to start, a junior doctor announced his intention to resign live on television over the government’s imposition of the contract. Dr Ben White told ITV’s Good Morning Britain he would be leaving his post to focus on fighting the contract.

25 April 2016


  • TTIP: What is the future for UK-US trade?

In the UK, attention has focused on the potential impact on the NHS, with critics saying TTIP would allow private firms running NHS services to sue the government if it chose to return the services to the public sector. Opponents have called for the NHS to be exempted from TTIP, arguing that other sectors have already secured exemptions, such as the French film industry.

24 April 2016

  • EU referendum: NHS will face ‘unquantifiable strain’ as millions join EU warns Michael Gove

Brexit campaigners will hope to recapture the media spotlight in the wake of Barack Obama’s pro-EU intervention in the referendum, after the US President warned the UK would be at the “back of the queue” for a trade deal if it broke away from Brussels. Justice Secretary Michael Gove and Mayor of London Boris Johnson are leading the ‘leave’ charge in the newspapers on 25 April. Gove has warned that the NHS will face “unquantifiable strain” as the likes of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Albania and Turkey seek to join the EU.

25 April 2016


  • Talented ballerina, 17, who had just won scholarship to £12,000-a-year ballet school died from blood clot on the brain ‘linked to contraceptive pill’
    A ‘fit and healthy’ 17-year-old ballerina who had won a scholarship to a renowned £12,000-a-year ballet school died from a blood clot on the brain feared to have been triggered by the contraceptive pill, an inquest has heard. Maria Santa, a student at the Northern Ballet School in Manchester, had complained that her head was ‘about to explode’ after developing severe and unexplained headaches.

20 April 2016 

  • NHS in £2.4bn funding boost for GP services in England

NHS chiefs in England have announced a five-year plan to help GP surgeries “get back on their feet” and to improve access for patients. The rescue package will see an extra £2.4bn a year ploughed into services by 2020 – a rise of 14% once inflation is taken into account. It will pay for 5,000 more GPs and extra staff to boost practices.

21 April 2016

  • Details emerge on why Nottinghamshire surgery was shut down

New details have emerged behind why a GP surgery was closed by inspectors earlier this year. St Mary’s Centre in Top Valley was shut down by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) after it became concerned that patients were at risk of harm. Now the watchdog has released its full report detailing the catalogue of failures it found during its inspection in February. These included failing to update patient records, leaving confidential patient notes in sight, and failing to monitor patients with ongoing health conditions.

21 April 2016

  • Prostate awareness ‘dangerously low’ in British men

British men are dangerously ignorant of the prostate gland, according to a men’s health charity. It is crucial for sex as it helps produce semen and is involved in ejaculation. But it is also the leading cause of cancer in men, with 40,000 diagnosed each year, Prostate Cancer UK says.

22 April 2016 

  • NHS 111 computer system blunders ‘are killing one person a month’ shock report reveals
    NHS 111 computer system blunders are ‘killing one person a month’, a shock report has revealed. According to NHS information, five deaths have been linked to problems with the 111 helpline in the past five months. Incident logs submitted to NHS England and released to The Daily Telegraphthrough a Freedom of Information request show that at least one patient died after call handlers entered the wrong information into a system used to assess a caller’s condition.

23 April 2016



  • Hayfever drugs ‘could reduce brain size and increase risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s’, study says

A group of widely used drugs available over-the-counter and on prescription could be linked to the development of dementia and Alzheimer’s in older adults, a study has found. Scientists believe they have found a link between the prolonged use of certain drugs – including certain hayfever and incontinence treatments, and some sleeping tablets and anti-depressants – and reduced brain size.

19 April 2016 

  • Type-1 diabetes ‘prevention’ trial starts in Scotland

A major trial is set to start in Scotland aimed at preventing type-1 diabetes in children.

Researchers are preparing to contact all 6,400 families in the country affected by the condition. Children who have a parent or sibling with type-1 diabetes will be invited for a blood test to see if they are at high risk of developing the disease.

20 April 2016

  • Fountain of Youth? Drug Trial Has Seniors Scrambling to Prove They’re Worthy

What if there were a way to stave off the creaks and calamities of old age? Nir Barzilai, director of the Institute for Aging Research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, is working on it. With word leaking out, seniors from all over the globe have been hounding Dr. Barzilai and his colleagues to get in on the action—with many writing to prove their worthiness. Never mind that formal patient recruitment is still perhaps a year away.

24 April 2016

  • Final piece of type 1 diabetes puzzle solved

A complete picture of the areas that the immune system attacks to cause type 1 diabetes has finally been revealed by scientists. The study, published in the journal Diabetes, discovered the fifth and final critical target at which the immune system errantly takes aim. The team at the University of Lincoln say the findings could help develop new ways to prevent and treat the disease. Diabetes UK said the findings were “impressive”.

24 April 2016



  • Sperm Whales Found Dead In Germany, Stomachs FULL Of Plastic And Car Parts
    In January, 29 sperm whales were found stranded on shores around the North Sea, an area that is too shallow for the marine wildlife. Only recently were details of the animals’ necropsy released. However, scientists were deeply disturbed by what they found in the animals’ stomachs.

21 April 2016

  • Hospital pays $2.2M after allowing crew to film dying patient

A renowned New York City hospital has agreed to pay the federal government a whopping $2.2 million to settle a probe into alleged “egregious disclosure” of protected health information of two patients during filming of ABC News health series. New York Presbyterian Hospital, among other things, “allowed the ABC crew to film someone who was dying and another person in significant distress, even after a medical professional urged the crew to stop,” the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Health and Human Services Department said Thursday in announcing the deal.

21 April 2016



  • Cancer survivor from Walsall tells her story to mark bowel cancer awareness month
    In July 2013, Julie Westbrook’s world was turned upside down. She was told she had bowel cancer. Months of treatment and further complications followed but it could all have been different for the mother-of-two and grandmother-of-five. “Early detection is so important,” she said.

23 April 2016

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