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Archive for December, 2014

Police not NHS should deal with drunks

The Police rather than the NHS should be dealling with drunks claims the AnE boss. Police should crack down on binge drinking to stop hospital staff being distracted by disorderly drunks according to a leading doctor. Dr Clifford Mann, president of the College of Emergency Medicine, said the “softer approach” used for anti-social drunkenness did […]

Fourty per cent of cancers are avoidable

Four in 10 cancer cases- 600,000 in the UK- could be prevented if people led healthier lives say experts. The latest research figures from Cancer Research UK show smoking is by far the biggest avoidable risk factor- followed by unhealthy diets. The charity is urging people to consider their health when making their New Year […]

Ambulance waiting time targets may be extended

Target waiting times for ambulances to reach some seriously ill patients could be lengthened. A leaked NHS document includes plans to change the response time for some Red 2 patients – those with “serious but not the most life-threatening” conditions – from eight to 19 minutes in England. It said the plans had been backed […]

NHS A&E has worst week in 2014

Pressures in England’s NHS A&E units have hit record levels- with the lowest percentage of patients seen within four hours since monitoring began. New data showed just under 90% of patients were seen within four hours in the seven days up to December 14. Major units particularly struggled, with just six out of 140 meeting […]

Painkillers linked to reduced skin cancer risk

Regularly taking aspirin and ibuprofen may help protect against some forms of skin cancer new research suggests. An Australian analysis of all studies to date found that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) reduced the risk of squamous cell carcinoma by 18%. The drugs have previously been linked to a reduced risk of other cancers, including colon […]

Vulnerable doctors need more support

An independent report recommends that a national support service be set up to help vulnerable doctors- as up to 28 doctors took their own lives between 2005 and 2013 while being investigated by the General Medical Council. The GMC, which investigates about 3,000 complaints about doctors each year, said its processes should be “quick, simple […]

Nearly half the population takes prescription drugs

Half of women and 43% of men in England are now regularly taking prescription drugs- according to the Health Survey for England. The report by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) showed an average of 18.7 prescriptions per person in England in 2013 with the annual cost to the NHS was in excess […]

NHS A&Es use locums in quarter of senior posts

Almost a quarter of NHS A&E departments in hospitals in England are filled with agency doctors or locums. The reliance on freelance staff to fill senior posts costs hospital trusts more than £120 million in a year. Some trusts have far higher rates of vacancies filled by locums, with three trusts running at rates of […]

UK air pollution causing deadly public health crisis

The Environmental Audit Committee argues air pollution is a “public health crisis” causing nearly as many deaths as smoking. The committee suggested a scrappage scheme for diesel cars to cut emissions as there are an estimated 29,000 deaths annually in the UK from air pollution. Nitrogen dioxide is known to cause inflammation of the airways, […]

NHS surgery restriction for smokers and obese

The NHS in Devon is to deny routine surgery to smokers and the morbidly obeseunless they quit smoking or lose weight. Patients with a BMI of 35 or above will have to shed 5% of their weight while smokers will have to quit eight weeks before surgery. The NHS in Devon has a £14.5 million […]