10th August Weekly NHS, Medical & Social Care News Round-Up

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of Medical and Health news from British Medical Jobs, the UKs leading portal for all Medical and Social Care jobs.

A new report from the Nuffield Trust warns of unrealistic NHS savings targets leading to rationing of healthcare provision,  a CCG is talking about suspending non-essential surgery and the Olympic cupping craze!

NHS News

St Helen’s CCG is looking at suspending all non-essential operation and referrals for four months over the winter in a bid to plug a £12.5m funding gap http://bbc.in/2aS9oAb

A new report from the Nuffield Trust has outlined the require efficiencies needed by 2020-21 to close the funding gap faced by health providers. It doesn’t make pretty reading as the report called “Feeling the Crunch” says providers need to fin 4% of efficiencies next year and 3% in 2018-19, but such sustained efficiencies have never been achieved http://bit.ly/2bfaA5x

Public Health England has warned that this year’s music festivals have encouraged the spread of measles and are asking people attending to check their vaccination status http://bit.ly/2b62GtE

Drug Treatments and Developments

There’s a new drug in development for treating 3 parasitic diseases affecting more than 20 million people worldwide and causing 50,000 deaths per year http://bit.ly/2azTJot

Read NHS Choices take on the Guardian’s report on a “game changing” new asthma drug. The new drug “fevipiprant” has shown promise in a small; study of people with moderate to severe asthma http://bit.ly/2b2JxWz

The NHS has apparently spent over £1.75m on homeopathy, despite the clear lack of evidence that it has any effect on treating illness http://ind.pn/2aEARdD

Medical Recruitment News

No increases in public sector pay are on the horizon. Following from the EU referendum vote the public pay review bodies have stated that “fiscal context remains very challenging”, meaning austerity looks set to continue and pay restraint for Nurses, amongst others looks set to 2020 http://bit.ly/2b7GQXS

NHS Grampian announces it had hired 186 extra nursing and midwifery staff over the past year but still has over 400 vacancies http://bit.ly/2aL3lzu

Dr Drew Walker, Tayside’s director of public health, tops the first ever “Nanny State Rich List ” in Scotland http://bit.ly/2b7K1ib

Other News

The downturn in the oil industry ha=s meant that recruitment in particular roles including care workers, HR, finance and IT have improved for NHS Grampian http://bit.ly/2b5KUXf

Cupping seems to be the new craze amongst Olympians this week, here’s an interesting article from the BBC on the form of acupuncture http://bbc.in/2aGcvNW

Researchers are hoping a recent discovery will lead to slowing or stopping the spread of skin cancer http://huff.to/1Imh8XY

That’s all for this week; thank you for reading!

The British Medical Jobs team

3rd August Weekly NHS, Medical & Social Care News Round-Up

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of Medical and Health news from British Medical Jobs, the UKs leading portal for all Medical and Social Care jobs.

An interesting week with regards a court ruling on NHS funding of a new HIV treatment, arguments over the basis of figures the government has used to argue for a “7 day NHS” and an encouraging report on cancer survival from MacMillan.

NHS News

Jeremy Hunt’s plan for a seven day NHS have been based upon figures stating there are higher mortality rates at weekends in Hospitals. These figures are being strongly disputed and the government accused of spin in manipulating these numbers to suit their argument http://ind.pn/2aJqLpW

A MacMillan Cancer report states that 170,00 people diagnosed with cancer up to 40 years ago are still alive today http://bbc.in/2aoLNcc. People are now twice as likely to survive for at least a decade than they were in the 1970’s.

A new class of antibiotics have been discovered by researchers in Germany after studying bacteria contained within the human body http://bbc.in/2axA7qo.

Drug Treatments and Developments

A court has ruled the NHS can fund a new drug that is highly effective in preventing people becoming infected with HIV http://bit.ly/2asphza. NHS England is set to fight appeal the ruling because of the high costs passed kin from pharmaceutical manufacturers and potential cheaper alternatives

Another article from the interesting NHS choices website takes a more detailed look at the Daily Mail’s online reports of hope for faster treatment of depression http://bit.ly/2axECwI

Medical Recruitment News

A whistleblower who accused an NHS chief executive of bullying has been awarded a £250k payout http://dailym.ai/2ahhNAL

More bad news on the number of GPs in Scotland and with a third of GPs set to retire in the next 5 years there are calls for the Scottish government to intervene http://bit.ly/2aPbRzR

A Telegraph article reports on off-payroll interim managers being paid huge sums of money compared to their permanent counterparts http://bit.ly/2aktLoH

Other News

An interesting think piece from the Guardian penned by a soon to be qualified mental healthcare professional, looking at the positive aspects of working in the NHS http://bit.ly/2akxW42

The Huffington post has a great blog from Justin Madders the Labour MP for Ellesmere Port taking to task Jeremy Hunt’s NHS document – published on the last day of Parliament to avoid public scrutiny http://huff.to/2arZSob

That’s all for this week; thank you for reading!

The British Medical Jobs team

13th July Weekly NHS, Medical & Social Care News Round-Up

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of Medical and Health news from British Medical Jobs, the UKs leading portal for all Medical and Social Care jobs.

In an important week for the NHS as plans are to be revealed to try and reduce the NHS’s budget deficit the King’s Fund call for the government to be honest about how the NHS can operate given finances allocated to it, 5 new drug treatments are approved for use in Scotland, and Dr Keith McNeil (of Addenbrook’s fame) is back in work.

NHS News

The King’s Fund has said that if the government want to get NHS finances under control then staff cuts will be necessary  http://bbc.in/29OIFsd. This comes in an important week for the NHS as plans are to be revealed by NHS leaders to try to cut the £2.4 billion deficit. The King’s Fund go on to say that the government also need to be honest in saying that a 7 days NHS is not achievable with current finance levels http://bit.ly/29Chu1I.

It has be hinted that Jeremy Hunt wanted to scrap the NHS bit in the opening sequence of the 2012 Olympics http://bit.ly/29D1VnZ. Danny Boyle doesn’t name Jeremy Hunt specifically,  but in a TV programme to be aired on Sunday night (BBC1 programme Olympic Imagine Special: One Night in 2012) he talks about “forces” wanting to cut the NHS section.

The Royal Brompton, Glenfield and Central Manchester Trusts have been ruled by NHS England as failing to meet the new higher minimum standards for providing specialist children’s heart surgery  http://bit.ly/29P4oOa.

Drug Treatments and Developments

The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) has approved 5 new drugs for the treatment of ling cancer, depressions and epilepsy among others http://bit.ly/29IeUYj

Researchers working on a  cure for HIV have stated that they will continues to focus on remissions after a number of setbacks occurred on work on cures for the infection. http://bit.ly/29QKVvU

A teenager is hoping the NHS will fund treatment in the USA for a rare brain tumour http://bit.ly/29QM3zV

Medical Recruitment News

The former Chief Executive of Addenbrook’s hospital in Cambridge, Dr Keith McNeil, has been appointed as the first NHS Chief Clinical Information Officer 10 months after leaving the Cambridge Trust http://bit.ly/29MvUeU. But NHS England has been forced to defend his appointment as the CQC issued a damning report on Addenbrook’s shortly after his resignation http://bit.ly/29OK02q

The Health Foundation think tank has said that new Nursing Associates won’t be a quick fix for the NHS and could take 10 years to train this section of the workforce to be of a significant size to have an impact on improving healthcare http://bit.ly/29v9a58

Other News

The Royal College of GPs has announced that 29 GPs will be tasked with further integrating health and social care, saying that it is vital that GPs are represented on the 44 new Sustainability and Transformation Boards http://bit.ly/29Bt2Ca

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists have talked about the vital need for continual training and education to handle patient data safely and effectively  http://bit.ly/29B4ZEA

That’s all for this week; thank you for reading!

The British Medical Jobs team

6th July Weekly NHS, Medical & Social Care News Round-Up

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of Medical and Health news from British Medical Jobs, the UK’s leading portal for all Medical and Social Care jobs.

In this week’s news are continued warnings of falling care standards in the NHS, the junior Doctors’ dispute enters a new phase, we have new figures released on the most popular drugs being prescribed and another report from the King’s Fund…

NHS News

NHS Finance Directors are warning of impending reductions in quality of care, longer waiting times for care and rationing of resources in 2016 to 2017 http://bit.ly/29j9Zwh

The prospect of further industrial action in the NHS took a step closer with junior Doctors voting to reject Jeremy Hunt’s contract offer http://bit.ly/29xIoHk

The King’s Fund Five Year Forward View outlines a need for the NHS to continue and develop more collaborative relationships with its patients and communities http://bit.ly/29tlJgy

Drug Treatments and Developments

New figures released from the Health and Social Care Information Centre reveal the nation’s most popular and commonly prescribed drugs http://bit.ly/29vU68h with a sharp increase in the prescribing of anti-depressants.

Another piece from the always informative NHS Choices websites looks in more depth at the science behind one of the Daily Mail’s many reported health reports http://bit.ly/29wJIwx

The annual NHS survey of cancer patient care is being studied in detail to help deliver the national cancer strategy http://bit.ly/29vW9ZZ

Medical Recruitment News

The NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) Nursing forum remains strongly opposed to government plans to abolish bursaries for Nurse and Midwives http://bit.ly/29maeXo stating the impact will be to further reduce numbers being recruited into the industry.

A lesser know staff shortage in the NHS is revealed to be a lack of candidates applying for its executive positions as potential senior staff are choosing to stay in middle management http://bit.ly/29imV3n

Other News

Google’s DeepMind research arm has announced another collaboration with the NHS working with Moorfield Eye Hospital to try to improve early diagnosis of blindness http://bit.ly/29l00oV

The Westminster Commission on Autism has called for extensive Autism awareness training the NHS to ensure people with the condition don’t feel they get inadequate treatment from Medical professionals http://bit.ly/29pXkaa

The SNP are reviewing the number of regional bodies delivering Scottish healthcare in a bid to look at driving efficiency and saving money http://bit.ly/29hivco

That’s all for this week; thank you for reading!

Hayley & the British Medical Jobs team

29th June Weekly NHS, Medical & Social Care News Round-Up

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of Medical and Health news from British Medical Jobs, the UKs leading portal for all Medical and Social Care jobs.

What a week of news! The fallout from Brexit continues to unfold rapidly and the implications still aren’t fully understood but there’s huge concern for the Health sector following on from last Thursday’s vote. You can pick any number of stories about the Leave campaign’s backtracking on NHS funding promises, here’s our round-up of what we’ve been reading…

NHS News

The Vote Leave campaign have wiped most of their website on Monday http://ind.pn/298a4lN in an attempt to distance themselves with the pledge for extra NHS funding from the savings to be made from being outside of the EU. Most people will have seen Farage’s desperate backpedalling on Friday morning here http://ind.pn/28UD5V0

More warnings of a crisis brewing in Nursing due to staff shortages, funding cuts and a lack of recruitment http://bit.ly/294rVv6

There’s concern about the possibility that Brexit means we have to give up the European Health Insurance card http://bit.ly/28Zn6Fs with the same article going to say that Brexit could cause foreign workers to leave and cause a staffing crisis.

Drug Treatments and Developments

NHS Choices website picks apart a Daily Mail report that eating broccoli can help prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes http://bit.ly/28XJNsk

New parasitic bacteria life form discovered in saliva is linked to disease http://bit.ly/28Pk6bY

Medical Recruitment News

NHS bosses in Hull are seeking to boost Nursing numbers by recruiting from the Philippines http://bit.ly/298A6Fy. Having 248 Nursing vacancies has meant that Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust are getting creative to fill vacancies

East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust has been criticised for allegedly re-hiring 6 senior managers after it had spent close to £1m making them redundant http://bit.ly/294WHpq

Jeremy Marlow has been appointed on secondment to as director of operational productivity at NHS Improvement following the Cater Review’s statement that £5bn a year can be saved through efficiencies by 2020 http://bit.ly/298FaKi

Other News

Former NHS Chief Executive of South Devon NHS Foundation Trust Paula Vasco-Knight has denied allegations fraud by directing NHS funds to her husband’s company http://bit.ly/29gAvEI

The NHS and Care Homes are working more closely together in the London Borough of Sutton to improve patient experiences, care and waiting times http://bbc.in/294XjLM

That’s all for this week; thank you for reading!

Hayley & the British Medical Jobs team

22nd June Weekly NHS, Medical & Sopcial Care News Round-Up

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of Medical and Health news from British Medical Jobs, the UKs leading portal for all Medical and Social Care jobs.

Headlines this week continue focusing on tomorrow’s referendum and  NHS shortages as well as new discoveries in gene behaviour and a brand new treatment for melanoma being introduced in England and Wales.

NHS News

Warnings  at the RCN conference of the NHS being in perpetual crisis leading to staff being unable to cope have, unsurprisingly, been rejected by government ministers http://bbc.in/28MpTjd. Medics pointed out statistics stating that showing other major European countries having twice as many hospital beds.

Jeremy Corbyn calls out Boris Johnson for saying he could use money saved from a Brexit to put into the NHS http://ind.pn/1UuwtM8.

Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the SNP, speaking at the RCM annual congress argues that Brexit would have a profound impact on the NHS http://on.ft.com/28SNH2E

Drug Treatments and Developments

New research suggest genes continue to work for up to 48 hours after death http://bit.ly/28OLtDQ having implications on the safety of organ transplants.

NICE approves a new drug combination for use with melanoma patients http://bit.ly/1UfqD2L. One of NICEs faster drug assessments has resulted in patients with advanced melanoma in England and Wales to be the first in Europe to try the treatment.

Claims have been made that over half of the a adult population is living with chronic pain http://bit.ly/28LVOg4

Medical Recruitment News

Chairman of NHS England Sir Malcolm Grant discusses what is being do to combat conflicts of interest in senior NHS management http://bit.ly/28MRDnc

The level of shifts left unfilled in hospitals around the  is to remain fixed or to increase after the introduction of agency caps according to a survey of trust agency leaders http://bit.ly/28Otf6H

Other News

A fascinating piece about how the European health system has helped one family’s crisis and a warning about the effect Brexit could have on British nationals receiving specialised treatment in Europe http://on.ft.com/28SNH2E

That’s all for this week; thank you for reading!

Hayley & the British Medical Jobs team

15th June Weekly NHS, Medical & Social Care News Round-Up

Hello and after a short hiatus, whilst we were busy restructuring our new website, welcome back to our weekly compilation of news from across the medical and social care industries.

Headlines this week, unsurprisingly, focus on the referendum and its impact on the NHS; recruitment shortages of Doctors and new laser treatment for enlarged prostate symptoms.

NHS News

George Osborne warns of further cuts to NHS funding should the UK vote for Brexit http://bbc.in/25WRgz0.  The Institute of Fiscal Studies estimates an economic shortfall of between £20 and £40 billion per year by 2020 after leaving Europe and the Government is warning of emergency tax and budget measures to fill the shortfall.

Remain campaigners argue the Brexit will have a negative impact on NHS staffing http://bit.ly/1UasAgR with over 40,000 EU migrants currently working in the NHS. Whilst MP and GP Dr Sarah Woolaston swaps from “Leave” to “Remain” over the question of the NHS http://ind.pn/1tbUn4x.

Drug Treatments and Developments

Clothing specially designed to diagnose epilepsy has now been approved for use by European health services including the NHS and could herald a breakthrough in diagnosis http://bit.ly/1UhIyTn.

NICE recommends new laser treatment for enlarged prostate http://bbc.in/1OmRtUz. Most men over 60 are said to experience non cancerous growth of the prostate and laser treatment would replace traditional surgical treatment to manage these symptoms.

Study finds that vaping is a gateway to cigarette smoking http://bit.ly/28DIS6l. A study of 300 Californian 17 years old who had never smoked but half had vaped showed those that had vaped were 6 time more likely to take up smoking.

Medical Recruitment News

Julie Wood, the chief executive of NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) talks to the National Health Executive about the development of staff to fill the positions in the next generation fo clinical commissioning leaders http://bit.ly/1Uj4vl3.

The Scottish government has said it will support measure to hire more GPs after figures demonstrate a drop in the numbers of doctors throughout the UK http://bit.ly/1XWroPA. The Information Services Division of NHS Scotland published figures highlighting a drop of 90 full time GPs whilst the Royal College of General Practitioners Scotland said another 830 GP were needed to return to the same level as 2009.

Other News

A new report by the Sustainable Development Unit of NHS England claims the NHS could save over £400M and 1 million tonnes of carbon emissions through introducing efficiencies in hospitals http://bit.ly/1U7ZGZv

That’s all for this week; thank you for reading!

Hayley & the British Medical Jobs team

1st April Weekly NHS, Medical & Social Care News Round-Up

 

Hello and welcome to this week’s compilation of news and features from across the medical and social care industries. Headlines this week include a review into palliative care in England, the worry over elderly care services with the introduction of the new living wage, a new plea to the government to enter negotiations with junior doctors to prevent the upcoming strike, and a hospital in Middlesbrough has had to ask people not to come to A&E because they have overeaten.

NHS News

A review of end of life care has revealed most hospitals in England don’t offer palliative care specialists around the clock http://bit.ly/1RP6tvo. Only 16 of 142 hospital sites have a specialist on site 24 hours a day, but there have been significant improvements in care since the Liverpool Care Pathway was scrapped two years ago. This was stopped as it was realised the same care cannot be applied to everyone and it was being seen as a box ticking exercise; now care is tailored more to the individual http://huff.to/1RMUhVF. The NHS has said there is still work to be done, but staff communication between patients and relatives has improved a lot http://bit.ly/22RhRMv. Areas for concern include the need for better and more comprehensive note taking on patient files, and more face to face staff are needed on site at all times. Most hospitals operate a specialist telephone helpline 24/7, but more doctors need to be on hand outside normal 9-5 working hours http://bit.ly/234hBXb. The NHS says it is going to address care variations between hospitals and work on standardising practise across the country.

A former magistrate who is serving as a non-executive director for Kent and Medway NHS Trust has been suspended over comments he made about same sex adoption http://bit.ly/1RzBuOn. Richard Page, a Christian, said on television it would be better for a man and woman to adopt and was against same sex adoption; he has been suspended from the trust because it was felt his beliefs would have had an impact on staff and patients, particularly those who are lesbian, gay or transgender http://bit.ly/1WZyhv6. Mr Page has said in response that it is no longer possible to be a Christian and have a role in society http://ind.pn/1SiW5Gx.

Drug Treatments and Developments

Councils have announced that care services could be hit hard by the National Living Wage when it comes into practice in April http://bit.ly/1UrkIXE. The elderly and disabled could be affected the most, as increased contract costs are expected to cost councils £330m, meaning they might not be able to afford the same amount of staff http://bit.ly/1SAMOfJ. Council tax is rising by 2% to cover these costs, but many councils say there will still be a shortfall. The government plans to invest £700m in 2020 but councils are now asking for this to be brought forward. The living wage will increase from £6.70 to £7.20 for those aged over 25 years old http://ind.pn/231sLMk.

The World Health Organisation has downgraded its Ebola warning, declassifying it from an ‘extraordinary health event’ as the virus isn’t thought to be a significant threat outside of West Africa http://bit.ly/1WZweax. Experts have said people still need to be vigilant, as countries have seen flare-ups of the disease in recent weeks, with twelve recorded to date. These have been dealt with swiftly and have been contained in the areas where they originated, and all original chains of transmission in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have been eradicated http://bit.ly/1RM5iK3.

Medical Recruitment News

Presidents of 22 medical Royal Colleges have said that an all-out strike by junior doctors should be suspended over concerns about patient welfare http://bit.ly/1RrSKbW. They also say the contract needs to be halted and both sides need to re-enter negotiations to ensure patient care isn’t compromised http://bit.ly/1onSQFQ. More than 1000 medics have written to the prime minister to urge him to reconsider enforcing the contract, with the letter stating that many junior doctors will go abroad for better working conditions as they feel disillusioned and unhappy with how they are being treated http://bit.ly/1onSNcY.

Northern Ireland health minister Simon Hamilton has announced 100 new training places for nurses will be made available http://bit.ly/1ZMQ7n5. This will bring the number of student nursing places up to 745 per year, and has come about due to the rising demand for nurses across the health service http://bbc.in/1olusEO. Mr Hamilton said nurses are ‘central to the delivery of safe, effective and compassionate care’, and the Royal College of Nursing has welcomed the move, saying it is ‘very good news’.

Other News

NHS staff in Middlesbrough have had to ask the public not to come to A&E if they have eaten too many Easter eggs http://bit.ly/1qljNLL. A number of people attended A&E complaining of stomach ache after overindulging over Easter, with the advice being to stay at home and drink plenty of water instead http://bit.ly/1TkxzJT. The NHS have reinforced that people should only attend A&E in the case of serious illness; latest data says A&E delays in England have reached record levels, with only 88.7% of patients seen within four hours http://dailym.ai/1RrSYji.

A man from Wiltshire has spent nearly £10,000 on a prosthetic limb because the one provided by the NHS was too painful http://bbc.in/1LWBxa7. Mr Sault, who lost his leg in a motorbike accident, has since been told he was entitled to a similar one on the NHS, and blames a lack of communication resulting in him paying for the limb privately. His previous prosthetic wore out and couldn’t be replaced and the new one caused pain and sores; the NHS say an alternative could have been considered if they were made aware he was unhappy with it http://bit.ly/1M2GLBh. Mr Sault says he was told a new one would cost too much and was refused when he offered to pay for it himself.

That’s all for this week; thank you for reading!

Hayley & the British Medical Jobs team

24th March Weekly NHS, Medical & Social Care News Round-Up

Hello and welcome to this week’s compilation of news and features from across the medical and social care industries. Headlines this week include the news that a new chemotherapy delaying drug will be available on the NHS for patients with prostate cancer, a new programme has been unveiled to help prevent type 2 diabetes in at risk patients, and two new cases of Ebola have been identified in Guinea.

NHS News

The NHS is set to offer healthy lifestyle advice for those in England at risk of type 2 diabetes http://bit.ly/1RlbrdU. The national programme launches in the spring and aims to prevent the condition developing in 20,000 people initially; it will comprise of thirteen sessions offering information on exercise, education and lifestyle changes, alongside supervised gym sessions http://bit.ly/1UhfE8y. GP’s will identify patients who will benefit, by monitoring for signs of pre-diabetes and doing blood glucose tests. NHS chief executive Simon Stevens hopes the scheme will reduce hospital admissions, prevent strokes and help stop diabetes causing serious damage requiring amputations http://bit.ly/1o6HbuH.

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have said rules need to be extended to ensure there are enough nurses to cover maternity and mental health wards in hospitals http://bit.ly/1RkHHzP. Currently there is a rule covering general hospital wards, but the Welsh Lib Dems believe the law needs extending; they would also like to set a minimum level of community nurses. The Welsh leader Kirsty Williams said the manifesto for May’s assembly elections will include this promise to get the law extended http://bbc.in/1Rw456e.

Drug Treatments and Developments

Lawyers representing patients in Scotland who could have been infected with Hepatitis C say the one recommendation into dealing with contaminated blood products hasn’t been implemented http://bbc.in/25ie0a1. The Penrose Inquiry, published a year ago, said people should be traced to see if they have the infection, but Thompsons Solicitors say the panel have only met once to discuss this. They haven’t discussed any ideas about how to trace the patients, and the solicitors say the longer people leave the disease untreated, the more damage it will do http://bit.ly/1U9aGu0. The inquiry estimated that 2,500 people could have been infected by NHS blood products between 1971 and 1991 but only 800 have so far been contacted.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has overturned a previous decision that denied prostate cancer patients early access to a drug http://bit.ly/1Rzpzpd. Previously NICE had said arbiraterone was unaffordable and wasn’t cost effective for the NHS, but a lower price has now been agreed with the manufacturer http://bit.ly/22FEgZM. The drug stops more testosterone reaching the prostate gland which stifles the tumour; this delays the need for chemotherapy and it is estimated 5900 people in England could benefit. The price agreed between NICE and the manufacturer Janssen is £2,300 for 120 tablets, reduced from the original £3,000 http://bit.ly/1SdTUX9.

Medical Recruitment News

A medical panel has ruled that a doctor who accidentally gave a patient a vasectomy is still fit to practise. Dr Vaswani, who was working at Broadgreen hospital in Liverpool, was meant to remove scar tissue but instead performed the vasectomy http://bit.ly/1pyJpnF. The doctor admitted misconduct and was given a warning by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, which will not place any restrictions on his registration http://bit.ly/1pIk9MH. The tribunal found that he was genuinely remorseful and had an unblemished career up to this point; Dr Vaswani said in his defence that he was expecting to operate on a patient needing a vasectomy, and the tray for the surgery had been placed in the operating theatre http://bit.ly/1UkOTju.

Junior doctors have agreed strike action next month that will include emergency care http://ind.pn/1o6I4Ug. So far the strikes have only hit routine care, and this will be the first one which will disrupt A&E and intensive care. The Department of Health have said the decision is ‘desperate and irresponsible’, and means consultants will need to be moved from other areas of the hospital to cover emergencies http://bit.ly/1MCcfsA. Junior doctors say they have been left with no choice following the government’s decision to enforce a new contract. The strikes are planned for the 26 and 27 April http://bit.ly/25n6uuC.

Other News

New figures released by Public Health England have shown adults have cut salt consumption by nearly a gram in the last ten years, but it is still above recommended levels for good health http://bit.ly/1RkLD3J http://huff.to/1Rzr1Yx. The average adult consumes 8g per day, 2g over the 6g recommendation; many manufacturers have cut salt content in their products and consumers have been urged to check the labels and purchase an option lower in salt http://bit.ly/1VF67qS.

South Korea have confirmed the first case of Zika in the country http://cnb.cx/1pwLC3b. It is in a man recently returned from Brazil, and has been in isolation following the diagnosis. His movements have also been tracked as a precaution http://bit.ly/22FFLqP. The virus predominantly exists in Central and South America, but a handful of isolated cases have been identified across Asia.

Three months after the end of the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, two new cases have been confirmed in the country http://bit.ly/22v1lBA. The cases were reported in the south of the country, the same place where the first outbreak began; three people are also thought to have died from the virus http://fxn.ws/1Ry0bdk. It isn’t unusual to see some new cases just because the virus can stay in the body fluids of some survivors, and the few cases that have occurred in neighbouring countries have been swiftly dealt with http://reut.rs/1S6qurw. The World Health Organisation has declared the latest flare-up in Sierra Leone to be over.

That’s all for this week; thank you for reading and see you again for more medical news next Friday. Have a great Easter weekend!

Hayley & the British Medical Jobs team

 

18th March Weekly NHS, Medical & Social Care News Round-Up

Hello and welcome to this week’s compilation of news and features from across the medical and social care industries. Headlines this week include campaigners taking the Meningitis B vaccine petition to parliament, the president of the Royal College of Physicians has said there isn’t enough trained doctors to be able to offer a seven day NHS, and Labour peer Joan Bakewell has had to apologise after comments made about anorexia.

NHS News

Doctor’s leaders have written to George Osborne to ask him to consider allocating more funding for social care in the new Budget http://bbc.in/1Mepgsf. The signatories of the letter include the heads of the Royal Colleges and other societies, and they say more funding for social care is vital for the long term future of the NHS http://bit.ly/1UibH2F. It outlines how more pressure is put on the NHS because it cannot discharge patients due to inadequate social support at their home, and the ‘bed blocking’ leads to the cancellation of other operations. The current spending review has allocated £700m to the Better Care Fund in 2017, but the letter has asked if this spending could be brought forward http://bit.ly/1S5OSMz.

The government has announced that charges for NHS dental treatment will rise by 5% this year and next, which means by 2017 band one check-ups will cost £20.60 http://bit.ly/1U6Pncl. The British Dental Association says this will discourage patients from seeing the dentist, and say it is a source of easy money for the government; they also say the money doesn’t go to NHS dentists but goes to other areas of the health service http://bit.ly/1ppN6Mu. Children, pregnant women and people on low incomes will continue to receive free treatment.

Drug Treatments and Developments

A new study financed by the British Heart Foundation has found that smokers are more likely to quit if they go ‘cold turkey’ rather than quit through a gradual process http://bit.ly/1MoLSXa. Researchers found that out of 700 volunteers, 25% of those who quit straightaway still hadn’t smoked after half a year, compared to 15% of those who gradually reduced their cigarettes http://ind.pn/1RQnn73. The NHS advises that setting a date to quit is important, as it gives people something to stick to. The lead researcher says it is still better for people to reduce cigarette consumption instead of doing nothing at all http://lat.ms/22hMgQv.

Parents wanting children to have the Meningitis B vaccine are set to tell parliament why they think this should be the case http://bit.ly/1LnPXzV. Currently it is only given to infants, but campaigners want the immunisation programme extended to children up to eleven years old; 823,000 people have signed the petition and signatories say the government should reject the advice from the advisory committee, who say it would not be cost effective for the NHS http://bit.ly/22mZ0Zx. Parents set up the petition after their children died from the disease http://bit.ly/1ToEMJm.

Medical Recruitment News

A tribunal has ruled that a doctor gave unreliable evidence in trials where parents were accused of killing their children http://bit.ly/1QKoCXD. Dr Waney Squier has been told she gave evidence outside her area of expertise when she stood as an expert witness in six cases, four of which were investigating the deaths of children http://bit.ly/1XxhteW. She disputed the existence of ‘shaken baby syndrome’ and said the deaths were caused by other means, but the tribunal said she misrepresented research to support her views and ignored advice from fellow professionals due to her determination that she was right. Dr Squier said she was ‘devastated’ by the ruling and says she ‘gave an opinion based on the best evidence to support [her] view’ http://bit.ly/1pp9dTW.

The president of the Royal College of Physicians Professor Jane Dacre has said there are not enough doctors to run a seven day NHS in England http://bit.ly/1SVeopP. She is giving a speech to ministers outlining research into vacant posts and unfilled rotas, saying NHS trusts are currently struggling to get enough staff on each shift and this will only get worse with seven day care. One in ten consultants say the often carry out the tasks usually done by junior doctors to ensure patient safety due to gaps in junior doctor rotas http://bbc.in/1M45THG. Professor Dacre says trusts have gone to great efforts to create new posts except they are now finding there isn’t the staff available to fill them.

Tony Thorne, chairman of South East Coast Ambulance Service is said to have resigned over the accusations of delaying ambulances to emergencies to allow extra time to assess patients http://bit.ly/1po23if. Chief executive Paul Sutton is also thought to have taken a leave of absence.

Other News

Labour peer Joan Bakewell has apologised after comments about anorexia were quoted in a Sunday paper http://bit.ly/1Xxi4xf. She said the condition was down to ‘narcissism in society’ and young people wanting to emulate those they see in the media http://bit.ly/1nQzGrF. She has since said she is ‘full of regret’ and says she was misinterpreted by the newspaper; mental health campaigners have criticised the views, saying like any other condition, anorexia often has serious and complex causes http://bit.ly/21wCreZ. Anorexia admissions are currently rising, with an 8% rise in 2013 from the previous year.

Research published in the journal Addiction has shown that 43% of who quit smoking during pregnancy mothers resume the habit after having the baby http://bit.ly/1UC4yJE. Scientists from the universities of Nottingham and York analysed several studies involving almost 1000 women who took part in quit smoking campaigns between 1989 and 2014, finding that only 13% succeeded in stopping smoking for good http://bit.ly/1Lq2hQ7. Regional data showed strong differences between poorer areas and those which are more affluent, with the poorer areas having more smokers http://bit.ly/1pNmDc8. Public Health England has said more action is needed to help parents give up smoking for good.

That’s all for this week; thank you for reading and see you again for more news next Friday. Have a great weekend.

Hayley & the British Medical Jobs team