Weekly NHS and Health News Update

Weekly NHS and Health News Update

Read our latest NHS and Health newsThe latest weekly NHS and Health News that we have focused upon in the last 7 days.


  • Junior doctors are expected to stage a fifth strike on April 26 and 27 when they will fully withdraw labour between the hours of 8am and 5pm. In the meantime there is uncertainty over whether Jeremy Hunt remains steadfast or is looking to introduce changes by other means…

18 April 2016


  • UK MEPs warn Brexit will damage NHS

If the UK leaves the EU, there will undoubtedly be consequences for the National Health Service and public health ― and mostly for the worse, warn a cross-party selection of British MEPs. Public healthcare has become one of the emerging issues in Britain’s referendum campaign on the country’s EU membership, scheduled on 23 June.

12 April 2016


  • Top Liverpool nurse suspended after report finds ‘bullying and harassment’ at NHS trust

The former head nurse at a scandal-hit Liverpool NHS trust has been banned from the profession while she is investigated for possible misconduct. Helen Lockett was the director of operations and executive nurse at Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust when there was a “culture of bullying and harassment”. She was paid between £95,000 and £100,000 a year by the trust, which runs more than 65 community health services – including district nursing and walk-in centres.

Caroline Moore, Medical Solicitors, comments: “This smacks of the Mid-Staffs culture all over again, as highlighted in the Francis Inquiry–change has to happen across the board!”  Click here for the Francis Inquiry

6 April 2016


  • Medical misadventure verdict over death soon after birth

A verdict of medical misadventure had been returned in the case of a baby boy who died almost one week after his birth in Mullingar General Hospital in August 2014. Dublin city coroner Dr Brian Farrell said the cause of baby Kevin Kelly’s death was hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy due to intra-uterine hypoxia, or a shortage of the supply of oxygen to the brain during delivery.

Medical Solicitors comment: “There was no Consultant present, a more junior doctor made the wrong call. The decision should have been for emergency caesarean section, as a forceps delivery was not clearly going to work for this mum and baby.”

14 April 2016


  • Another sad baby death, highlighted in the news, with a concern expressed by the Coroner that there may have been a policy of reducing the number of caesarean section deliveries, as this method of delivery costs the NHS more than assisted vaginal deliveries.

15 April 2016



  • Making the Most of Clinical Trial Data

Data from past clinical trials can be used to draw new conclusions about diseases and treatments long after a trial is over. But researchers rarely take advantage of this valuable resource even though access to a full data set, rather than published results alone, can help further research on how certain groups of people respond to a treatment or how people with an illness fare over time.

12 April 2016


  • Researchers testing stem cells to treat Alzheimer’s in first-of-its-kind trial

In a first-of-its-kind clinical trial, researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine are using mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in an attempt to slow or reverse the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. The team is aiming to enroll 30 patients who will be tested and observed for cognitive function, memory, quality of life and brain volume over the course of a year.

14 April 2016


GENERAL HEALTH NEWS                      

  • Mental health – For young people with schizophrenia, physical and mental exercises offer hope.

Workouts appear to trigger ‘Miracle-Gro for the brain’ that restores connections between neurons, UCLA researchers find. In as little as a few months, antipsychotic medications can tame the delusions and hallucinations that characterize schizophrenia. But the medications do little to reverse the less familiar brain-based problems that accompany the illness.

6 April 2016


  • PPIs – Heartburn medication can seriously increase risk of kidney damage and failure, study claims.

Drugs used by millions of Brits to treat heartburn may increase the risk of kidney damage, scientists claim. Patients are being advised to take medicines known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) only when “medically necessary” and to “limit” the duration of use. PPIs suppress production of acid in the stomach and are used to treat heartburn, acid reflux and gastric ulcers.

14 April 2016


  • Council votes to charge Parkrun for Little Stoke event

A council has voted to become the first in the world to charge Parkrun a fee for the use of its grounds. Hundreds take part in two free, timed runs organised by Parkrun UK in Little Stoke Park, near Bristol. Stoke Gifford Parish Council said it was “unfair” to expect non-running residents to pay for path upkeep. It voted six to four in favour of charges.

12 April 2016


Our Director, Caroline Moore comments: “Presently I do not run (I spring-board dive), but I am happy to that pay for upkeep of park pathways, not just for runners, but also walkers, children, cyclists. This is a double taxation. It is utterly absurd when there is so much emphasis now on increasing obesity and diabetes, as well as other obesity related illnesses, all of which create a huge financial burden.”

  • When’sa your Dolmio day? ‘Occasionally’, new labels to say

The food giant that makes Mars bars is to introduce new labelling advising consumers that its Dolmio pasta meal kits and ready-made sauces – high in sugar, salt and fat – should be eaten only occasionally. As part of a five-year global health initiative being announced on Thursday, Mars Food is introducing new labels on its savoury pasta and rice products to help shoppers distinguish between “everyday” foods and those which should only be eaten occasionally – ideally no more than once a week.

14 April 2016



  • Implant lets paralysed man ‘play guitar’

In a world first, a quadriplegic man can once again move his fingers after a chip was implanted in his brain. Ian Burkhart from Ohio in the US can even move individual fingers to play a guitar-based computer game. The chip reads brain signals, which are interpreted by a computer. It then precisely stimulates his muscles with electricity to restore movement.

13 April 2016


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