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David Cameron will call for a “more mature” conversation about mental health as he sets out how services in England will benefit from extra cash. Specialist care for new mothers with mental health problems and support for anorexic teenagers will gain money allocated in the Autumn Statement. The PM will also pledge more support in hospital A&E departments. (article dated 11/01/16)
The NHS in England has been said by its leaders to have had a “good Christmas period” – in the same week that there have been reports of black alerts and full hospitals in some parts of the country. So what is going on?
The positive message about Christmas performance came from Sir Bruce Keogh, its medical director. He said there were fewer serious operational problems than the previous year, and lower hospital bed occupancy rates.
His comments came after the publication of the weekly statistics covering the weeks over the festive season. They showed there were around 278,000 attendances at A&E units in the week leading up to 3 January, compared with just over 319,000 in the equivalent week last year. (08/01/16)
Junior doctors should suspend Tuesday’s strike action over pay and conditions while talks continue, the chief medical officer for England has urged. Dame Sally Davies said the action by the British Medical Association (BMA) would “lead to patients suffering”. The strike begins across England at 08:00 GMT, from when junior doctors will only provide emergency care. The BMA said the strikes “demonstrated the strength of feeling amongst the profession”. It announced three spells of strike action in England in November, after negotiations with the government ended without resolution. (10/01/16)
Family doctors say that persuading patients to take more responsibility for their own health is the greatest priority for the NHS – and more important than pumping extra funds into the service (11/01/16)
New guidelines advise no more than 14 units per week. New advice released by the UK’s Chief Medical Officer has slashed the recommended drinking limits for men in line with those for women, while saying that there is no safe level of alcohol at all. 09/01/16)