Latest NHS and Healthcare News
Here is the latest NHS and Healthcare News from the last 7 days that our Team at Medical Solicitors focused upon!
ALL ABOUT THE NHS CASH CRISIS AND HOSPITAL PERFORMANCE:
- NHS regulator to scale back hospital inspections after budget cuts
The tough inspection regime for hospitals introduced to prevent a repeat of the Mid Staffordshire care scandal is being relaxed as the NHS regulator adjusts to budget cuts brought in by the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) will undertake fewer and smaller inspections of hospitals in England and rely more on information provided by patients and NHS trusts themselves under the watchdog’s new five-year strategy.
24 May 2016
- Hospitals are still overspending £3m a WEEK on agency staff – with most locum doctors being overpaid for every shift
Locum doctors are still being paid vastly over the odds for the majority of hospital shifts, a new report has revealed. Despite the Government introducing a cap late last year on how much medics can earn per shift, consultants are routinely being paid almost a third more than they should be. And some junior doctors are being paid double the hourly rate hospitals agreed to stick to.
24 May 2016
- Welsh Ambulance staff sickness levels fall in 2015
Annual sickness levels among ambulance service staff are at the lowest level since 2012, figures have shown. They have dropped from a high of more than 8.3% average in 2014 to just below 7% for 2015, but they are still above the overall Welsh NHS average. The Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust has come under fire in recent years over failures to meet response time targets for life-threatening 999 calls.
30 May 2016
GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:
- Cancer Drugs Fund changes deeply concerning, say charities
Fifteen cancer charities have said they are “deeply concerned” about new plans for approving innovative cancer medicines for the NHS in England. In a letter to the prime minister, the charities said many drugs would “now struggle to gain approval”. The medicines regulator has rejected this and said drugs would be approved faster than anywhere else in Europe.
16 May 2016
- Scale of NHS staff transfer to private sector revealed
The scale of the transfer of NHS nursing staff to independent sector providers in recent years has been revealed in new figures. At least 17,000 staff, mostly clinical workers, have moved since 2010, according to revised workforce statistics published by Health and Social Care Information Centre. The organisation, soon to be renamed NHS Digital, said the shift was largely down to transfers prompted by two government policies, both of which particularly affected community services.
24 May 2016
- GP manslaughter case dropped due to ‘insufficient evidence’
A second GP has been cleared of killing a 12-year-old boy by gross negligence after he died from a rare illness. Dr Lindsay Thomas, 42, and Dr Joanne Rudling, 45, had both been on trial for the death of schoolboy Ryan Morse after he died from the treatable disease.
27 May 2016
- ‘Postcode lottery’ of health checks means 75% children with diabetes ‘risk amputation, blindness and stroke in later life’
Three-quarters of older children with diabetes are not getting key health checks to keep their condition under control, a new report has found. Data from 27,682 children and young people showed just 25.4 per cent of 12-year-olds are having the seven recommended annual health checks.
31 May 2016
- Gene therapy drug approval granted to GSK
Regulators have given one of the world’s largest drug companies approval to sell a new gene therapy. The treatment is for an illness called ADA-SCID which prevents babies from fighting off everyday infections.
27 May 2016
FROM AROUND THE WORLD:
- Zika crisis: WHO seeks to allay fears over Rio Olympics
The World Health Organization (WHO) has played down concerns over the spread of the Zika virus, amid calls for the Rio Olympics in August to be postponed. Senior WHO official Bruce Aylward told the BBC that risk assessment plans were in place, and reiterated that there was no need to delay the Games.
28 May 2016
- Two-hour test kit hailed as boon to HIV care in Africa
A revolutionary device developed by a team of Cambridge scientists is transforming the diagnosis of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. The machine – known as Samba (simple amplification-based assay) – can tell whether a person is infected with the virus within two hours of them giving a tiny blood sample. Virus carriers can then be offered immediate treatment and advice.
28 May 2016
GOOD NEWS STORIES!
- Teenage pregnancy rate drops to record low after nationwide strategy
Rates of teenage pregnancy in England have halved since the implementation of the Government’s Teenage Pregnancy Strategy (TPS) in 1999, according to new research published in The Lancet. The study is the first to show the long term effect of the nationwide strategy. Launched 17 years ago, it aimed to slash under-18 conception rates by 50%.
23 May 2016