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Antibiotic resistance- world on cusp of post antibiotic era

The world is on the cusp of a “post-antibiotic era”, scientists have warned after finding bacteria resistant to drugs used when all other treatments have failed. They identified bacteria able to shrug off the drug of last resort – colistin – in patients and livestock in China. They said that resistance would spread around the […]

Health bodies call for drugs to be decriminalised

Two leading public health organisations have called for the possession and personal use of all illegal drugs to be decriminalised in the UK. The Royal Society for Public Health and the Faculty of Public Health said the government’s approach to drugs policy had failed.  There should be a greater focus on treatment and education, they […]

Doctors want new cosmetic surgery laws

Surgeons want new laws to protect patients undergoing cosmetic surgery The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has called on the government to introduce legislation in the next Queen’s Speech to protect patients undergoing cosmetic surgery, as the organisation and the General Medical Council (GMC) publish new standards on cosmetic procedures. The RCS’s new Professional Standards […]

Sugar Tax- how will it work?

A new sugar tax on the soft drinks will be introduced in the UK the chancellor announced yesterday. The move has been hailed by campaigners as a significant step in the fight against child obesity. So how will the sugar tax work? The levy is squarely aimed at high sugar drinks- particularly fizzy drinks, which […]

Over 1000 NHS ‘never events’ a disgrace says Patients Association

Over 1,000 NHS patients have suffered from medical mistakes so serious they should never have happened. The so called never events included the case of a man who had a whole testicle removed rather than just a cyst. In another, a woman’s fallopian tubes were taken out instead of her appendix. Other “never events” included […]

Good News on World Cancer Day

The cancer death rate for men fell by 12% and for women 8% between 2003 and 2013. In 2013, 284 out of every 100,000 people died from cancer. In 2003, it was 312. Improvements in diagnosis and treatment are thought to be the reason. The death rate for men fell 12% and for women by […]

AnE visits for alcohol poisoning double in six years

Hospital visits for alcohol poisoning have doubled in six years- with the highest rate among females aged 15 to 19. With the holiday season on us emergency admissions due to the effects of alcohol, such as liver disease, have also risen by more than 50% in nine years to 250,000 a year in England. Rates […]

Locum doctors increase risk of health problems

Figures from the General Medical Council (GMC) show that in the three-year period to 2013, locums working in the acute sector were attracting almost twice as many complaints as staff doctors. That amounted to more than 250 locums being complained about with the majority of those complaints result in a formal investigation. “I do not […]

Study suggests safe alcohol guidance unrealistic

UK government guidelines on how much alcohol it is safe to drink are unrealistic, largely ignored and should be changed to reflect modern drinking habits. Men are currently recommended to drink no more than three or four units a day, and women no more than two or three. But the study found that the guidelines […]

NHS negligence bill tops £1 billion

The NHS in England paid out over £1.1 billion in 2014/15 to lawyers and to patients who suffered harm. This coming year it will be £1.4 billion, said the NHS Litigation Authority. The body said it would work with other parts of the NHS to reduce costs and improve safety and learning. Chief executive officer […]