STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

Strength in Numbers dedicated to my late mother Kay

Welcome To Strength in Numbers

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I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.

Quote from Elie Wiesel

A blog for you…..

This is where you can have your stories published about the care you or your loved one have had while in hospital. This is where you can interact with others. This is where you can view helpful links, and news stories.

You can email me directly on joannaslater2@gmail.com if you would like me to publish your story, your campaign, your website. You can also email me any helpful links which I can publish on the blog.  Joanna Slater, Author of The Last Six Months http://www.joannaslater.com

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MyNotes Medical – A new approach to managing your healthcare issues By Joanna Slater

The MyNotes Medical program has been designed to protect people from avoidable clinical blunders by keeping accurate records of their treatment.

Patients and their carers can use the app, the first of its kind in the world, to take written, audio and visual notes at the click of a button. These can be used to reduce the risk of inaccurate diagnosis, inattentive or unprofessional care, and inappropriate or ineffective treatment. Patients can also use the app to better manage their own self-care, ensuring there are no mistakes or lapses in following their recommend course of treatment.

Imagine not understanding what your doctor or consultant is saying to you; your consultant showing little interest in your symptoms; being unable to remember your diagnosis or treatment and having no easily accessible notes on your condition to refer to. This is where we come in.

Please watch my intro video

Now click on the link to see how you can help us 

http://goo.gl/3rf9c7

You can view our website  http://www.mynotesmedical.com

View our new blog  https://mynotesmedical.wordpress.com

And our Facebookpage  https://www.facebook.com/mynotesmedical

Official figures show that the NHS is reportedly losing the files of almost 2,000 patients every day and has suffered a further two million “serious” data breaches since the start of 2011.

Until now, patients have been forced to keep handwritten notes and store reams of important information about their care in paper folders.

Let’s put the power back into patients’ hands”.

Together we can make a difference

Joanna 

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Dementia patients being failed by social services, say GPs

Most doctors believe social services do not do enough to make sure people suffering from dementia have company and enough to eat

Dementia patients are being failed by social services who do not check if they are suffering from lonliness or malnourishment, GPs claim. A survey of 1000 doctors by the Alzheimer’s Society found that fewer than one in ten think people with dementia get enough statutory support to maintain a good diet or have adequate company. Three in five GPs (61 per cent) say lack of cooperation between the NHS and social care acts as a barrier to patients getting support, while many (73 per cent) also think patients, families and carers are left confused by the health and social care system.

The charity said that hundreds of thousands of people were being let down and called for the Government to ensure that everyone diagnosed with dementia is entitled to a full package of support including a Dementia Adviser. It also wants to see better help and support available for carers, with a single point of contact available to help them navigate the health and social care system.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/elder/11719300/Dementia-patients-being-failed-by-social-services-say-GPs.html

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NHS decisions ‘could be removed from political control’

Final decisions about changes to the health service could be taken out of the hands of politicians under new proposals by the Welsh government.

The public are being given a say on a range of ideas, including a merger of the health and social care watchdogs. There would be a legal duty for NHS staff to be more open with patients, not just when things go wrong. Patients would also be asked if they would be willing to share personal health data for medical research. The 50-page document will look at potential legislation which could be taken up after the next assembly elections in May 2016.

The Green Paper says a culture of more transparency, and not just when things go wrong, is needed at all levels of the health service. Patients will also be asked if they would be willing to share personal health data for medical research. A national expert panel could take over from the health minister in having the final say on controversial decisions like hospital changes.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-33384355

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I am passionate and committed to helping people. Please help me to help you

Dear All,

I am committed to the cause of improving patient care and believe that MyNotes Medical will safeguard against medical mistakes and will prevent so much suffering, anguish and heartache on the part of patients, their carers and families. It will also unquestionable save many, many lives.

I am on a quest to launch MyNotes Medical and passionate to help everyone become more engaged in their medical care and be more effective in helping their loved ones.

Please help me. Thank you,  Joanna

http://goo.gl/3rf9c7

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Senior doctor urges Welsh NHS to improve medical training after ‘unimaginable mistakes’ were made prior to his mother’s death

  • Dr Amer Jafar claims ‘unimaginable mistakes’ led to his mother’s death
  • Concerns led to investigation into her care at University Hospital of Wales 
  • Three-and-a-half hour delay identifying and treating her condition, three-hour delay giving her pain relief and six-hour delay giving her antibiotics
  • Dr Jafar says he wants to make sure all doctors are trained adequately

A leading doctor is today leading calls for the Welsh NHS to improve its medical training after his mother died of a heart attack following ‘inadequate care’.

Dr Amer Jafar, one of Wales’ most senior medical consultants, was awarded £4,000 compensation after an investigation uncovered a spate of failings in the care of his 79-year-old mother. Dr Jafar called for the investigation after he said ‘unimaginable mistakes’ were made at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff over his mother Zahar Al Hasani’s death. A report found there was a three-and-a-half hour delay in identifying and treating her condition when she was taken into hospital.It also found there was a similar three-hour delay in giving her pain relieving paracetamol and then a six hour delay in giving her antibiotics.

Dr Jafar made a complaint to the health board after claiming his mother’s poor care had led to her suffering a fatal heart attack in March 2014. He said his elderly mother, who had a history of heart disease, was assessed wrongly by a doctor in his final year of training who ‘misdiagnosed and mismanaged’ her sepsis and failed to follow the ‘sepsis pathway’.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3148460/Senior-doctor-urges-Welsh-NHS-improve-medical-training-unimaginable-mistakes-prior-mother-s-death.html

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Are you caring for a loved one or know someone that is? Is it going well? Are you worried?

Are you caring for a loved one? Is it going well? Would it be really useful to have a tool that you could keep notes instantly, keep an eye on what the doctors are saying and be able to go back on your notes?

Yes! well please look at MyNotes Medical which is to safeguard our loved ones.
MyNotes Medical will single-handedly revolutionize the health care system!

This little app will prevent so much suffering, anguish and heartache on the part of patients, their carers and families. It will also unquestionable save many, many lives

MyNotes Medical is long overdue, and needs your financial support now!

It is imperative that we get the funding we need to launch this project. Your help is desperately needed, however small. Please go to our website http://goo.gl/3rf9c7

Please help us to help you and your loved ones and Together we can make a difference

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Royal Glamorgan Hospital given a damning ‘one out of five’ food hygiene rating

A South Wales hospital has been given a damning food hygiene rating of just “1” – the second lowest on the official six-point scale.

Environmental health officers from Rhondda Cynon Taf Council who toured the Royal Glamorgan Hospital near Llantrisant  on June 17 ruled the hospital needed a “major improvement”. Health board bosses insist they have since carried out necessary changes but admitted the low rating on the 0-5 scale had left them “very disappointed”.

In a statement issued at the time, the Cwm Taf University Health Board – which administers the facility and which received the results last Thursday – said: “We are very disappointed with this rating and apologise for what was an unacceptable inspection outcome.” The “1” rating meant the 570-bed hospital in Ynysmaerdy was told it had to make a “major” improvement – something it says it has now done.

The inspection had found that improvements were required in relation to food hygiene – and, in particular, safety procedures. There was no evidence of structural problems or pest control issues, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has noted.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/royal-glamorgan-hospital-given-damning-9570556#ICID=FB-Wales-main

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NHS needs more funding this year or patient care could suffer, say health experts

The NHS needs another funding boost this year or patient care could suffer, health experts have said, in the latest bleak assessment of the health service finances.

Researchers at the King’s Fund found that an unprecedented nine out of 10 hospitals in England are predicting an end-of-year deficit, with estimates suggesting that NHS providers could go £2bn into the red.

The stark warning from the respected think tank, which comes ahead of next week’s Budget, also undermines some of the Government’s flagship NHS pledges, stating that an £8bn funding increase for the NHS in England by 2020 – announced before the election – is a bare minimum and cannot pay for David Cameron’s promise of seven-day working across the health service.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/nhs-needs-more-funding-this-year-or-patient-care-could-suffer-say-health-experts-10361673.html

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Live in Scotland and “never” been in the news regarding the health care for themselves of a loved one?

A Scottish Sunday paper wants to hear your story if it’s about lack of communication, medical negligence etc.

Email me joannaslater2@gmail.com

 

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NHS 111 investigation: 10 things we’ve learned

Failing to send ambulances to potential emergencies; watching Game of Thrones in between calls; changing data to meet targets – and more

Patients who call the NHS 111 service are being denied ambulances, even if they are experiencing symptoms of a heart attack, a Telegraph investigation has revealed.

The 111 service was set up as a non-emergency alternative to 999 to relieve pressure on the health system, including A&E departments.

An undercover investigation found that staff at a 111 call centre in Oxfordshire were told that there were not enough ambulances to send to everyone in need.

“People are having heart attacks, they’re not breathing, they’re not getting ambulances,” the undercover reporter was told.

Here we examine 10 of the details to have emerged in our seven-week investigation.

Please click on the link to read more

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/nhs/11708938/NHS-111-investigation-10-things-weve-learned.html

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Executive left brain-damaged by weekend care blunders wins £3m payout after five-year battle with central London hospital

A man who was left-brain damaged after inadequate weekend hospital care has received a £3 million settlement from the NHS.

Tristan Rosevear, 47, spent nine weeks in intensive care after delays in treating septic arthritis in his left hip at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington. The telecommunications executive had to be resuscitated and suffered a stroke. Almost five years on, he still struggles to communicate and has limited mobility. The payout, by the NHS Litigation Authority on behalf of St Mary’s, includes a £1.5 million lump sum and annual payments for the next 20 years for his rehabilitation and care.

His wife Janine Abery, 48, who gave up a film industry career to become his carer, told the Standard: “It’s been a long road. It’s been more than four-and-a-half years since Tristan’s stroke, and frustrating they didn’t see fit to settle earlier than they did. I hope the NHS can up its game so nobody else’s family has to suffer what Tristan’s has.”

Click on the link to read more

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/health/executive-left-braindamaged-by-weekend-care-blunders-wins3m-payout-after-fiveyear-battle-with-central-london-hospital-10354770.html

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Suffered stroke: Tristan Rosevear, pictured with wife Janine Abery

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Heart patients’ lives ‘at risk as NHS 111 hotline won’t send ambulances’ due to shortage in paramedics

  •  Shortage of paramedics means ambulances are not being dispatched
  •  Undercover reporter wasn’t able to send help to a man with chest pain
  •  Mentor told trainee staff: ‘Everyone in this room has killed someone’
  • South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) has announced investigation  

Patients’ lives are being put at risk by the NHS 111 helpline because call- handlers are being told not to dispatch ambulances, it was claimed last night. One call-centre mentor chillingly told trainee staff that ‘everyone in this room has killed someone’, an undercover investigation found. Patients are being denied ambulances even if they are suffering the symptoms of a heart attack, the Daily Telegraph investigation reported.  The NHS 111 helpline was launched in 2013 to provide round-the-clock advice to the public as an alternative to the former advice line NHS Direct, which was run by medically-qualified staff. The new helpline was intended to prevent unnecessary visits to A&E.

Staff on the 111helpline have previously been criticised for merely asking callers questions as guided by computer algorithms – and sending too many tohospital as a result.  Call-handlers working on the service are expected to dispatch the emergency services if patients describe symptoms of serious illnesses. However, they are now said to be under pressure not to send out ambulances at certain times due to a shortage of paramedics and a backlog of requests.

An undercover reporter spent seven weeks working on the 111 helpline – which has had numerous problems since its launch – in a call centre in Bicester, Oxford.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3145355/Heart-patients-lives-risk-NHS-111-hotline-won-t-send-ambulances-shortage-paramedics.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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Please show me that you really care

Do you want to make people’s lives better?

Do you want to make your children’s and your parents lives better?

Are you concerned with the amount of medical mistakes in the news?

Are you a thinker or a doer?

Do you really care? 

Click on the link and show me that you really care http://goo.gl/3rf9c7

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Do Not Attempt to Resuscitate Orders: East trial could go nationwide

New guidelines that aim to improve end of life care could be issued nationwide following a trial in hospitals in the East of England.

Dr Zoe Fritz, who oversaw the project, said the current “ad hoc” arrangement often led to an “undignified death”. She wants nationwide guidelines, based on what was trialled, covering Do Not Attempt to Resuscitate Orders (DNAR). “We found that doctors found it easier to have decisions and most importantly patients got better care,” she said. Legally, doctors do not need patient consent to issue a DNAR, but they must have consulted the patient beforehand.

Dr Fritz, a consultant physician who has studied DNARs at Addenbrooke’s in Cambridge and at the West Suffolk Hospital, said: “Different doctors have different ways of deciding when someone should be for resuscitation. “The worst case is you start [to resuscitate] and someone who has had a peaceful death then wakes up briefly to find all these people around them, tubes in them, blood everywhere and then dies. “And unfortunately I’ve seen that on more than one occasion.”

The number of DNAR hospital complaints in the East of England has risen from seven in 2012 to 45 in 2014.  A year ago, a Hertfordshire family took their DNAR complaint to the Court of Appeal. In a landmark judgement, the court ruled that the human rights of Janet Tracey were violated when she was placed under a DNAR order at Addenbrooke’s without consultation.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-33167692

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Janet Tracey, who had terminal lung cancer, died in 2011

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New ‘duty of candour’ rules instruct medics to admit mistakes

 

New guidelines are being unveiled for doctors, nurses and midwives across the UK on being honest and open with patients when things go wrong.

Known as a “duty of candour”, the guidelines make clear that patients should expect a face-to-face apology. In April, the NHS introduced a rule that told NHS and private healthcare organisations to admit their mistakes candidly, and as soon as possible. Now the same rule is to be applied to individual medics.

Say Sorry

Detailed guidance makes clear staff should tell the patient as soon as possible when something has gone wrong, and what it might mean for their health. The guidance also makes clear that patients or their families should receive a face-to-face apology. For the avoidance of doubt, it even spells out words that such an apology might include, such as “I am sorry”. The guidance was drawn up by the General Medical Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Council and applies to more than 950,000 doctors, nurses and midwives working in the UK.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-33286601

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Clampdown on lawyers overcharging NHS in clinical negligence cases

Government plans to save NHS £80m a year by capping legal fees that in some cases run as high as 10 times the amount paid in compensation to clients.

In one case, a source at the Department of Health said a lawyer pocketed £175,000 while the patient received just £11,800 in damages. In another, the legal bill was more than £80,000 while the patient only received £1,000, although the legal bill was later reduced to less than £5,000 by the courts after a successful challenge by the NHS Litigation Authority (NHS LA).

Click on the link to read more

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jun/27/nhs-clinical-negligence-cases-clampdown-lawyers

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How Will MyNotes Medical work for you? Watch our walk-through slides

We have had a fantastic response regarding MyNotes Medical, but people are still unsure how MyNotes Medical works.

Here is a short slide presentation walkthrough how the programme will work. We NEED your support to help us to help you. Please pledge your support on our link http://goo.gl/3rf9c7  Thank you, Together We Can Make A Difference Joanna 

 

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Here is a clever medical parody on the topic of “Sepsis” aimed at spreading Sepsis awareness and promoting best practice.

From Karen Armstrong. I lost my mum to sepsis over 3yrs ago and I thought this was a great way of getting it out there.

Not many people know of sepsis. I thought maybe with this song people would remember what to look for. We’ve been through hell because of this disease so if this can save another family going through what we’ve gone through great raising awareness some people still don’t know what sepsis is and Drs nurses aren’t diagnosing sepsis.

Patients aren’t getting access to treatment sepsis six that saves lives. Staff failing to measure urine outputs in many cases, not having lactate levels tested. Testing the level of lactate its a chemical produced when cells are starved of oxygen and IV fluids to protect organs and raise dangerous low blood pressure. Antibiotics should be administered to clear any underlying infection.

Please watch this very unique video as more people need to be aware of sepsis

http://thenursepath.com/2015/06/10/medical-parody-on-sepsis/

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Health boss warns GPs risking mental health and suicide

The amount of GPs seeking help for work-related stress and mental health problems is increasing according to the former head of the Royal College of GPs.

Dr Clare Gerada told the BBC that doctors are taking their own lives due to the pressure.

Breakfast’s Tim Muffett has been to meet some GPs who are struggling to keep up with the work.

Click on the link to watch this BBC report

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-33281930

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Superhospital, episode 1: The Telegraph review the NHS in action

The first episode of the documentary series was a derivative but tear-jerking look at hospital life

It’s amazing how many hospital documentaries there are, giving you a ringside seat to every catheter insertion and scan result. They’re meant to fill you with respect for the NHS and make you cry, but surely we’ve all spent too much time in real, broken, depressing hospitals to fall for that one.

Click on the link to read the review

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/tv-and-radio-reviews/11699565/Superhospital-episode-1-review.html

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The staff of the Royal Derby Hospital in Derby appear in the ITV observational documentary series Superhospital

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When it’s time to fire your doctor by Dr Owen Wiese

Dr Owen Wiese says the difference between negligence and an honest mistake is a fine line in the medical profession. Here are some examples of just plain bad doctoring he’s seen.

“Doctors bury their mistakes” is a sad, but unfortunately not completely untrue saying.

A study published in the British Medical Journal Quality and Safety in 2013 estimates that 10 to 15% of diagnoses made by doctors are completely wrong. (The study also found major diagnostic discrepancies in 10-20% of autopsy cases.). In fact, medical care is the third leading cause of death in the United States. I’m sure in South Africa things may not be much different, even if they are for different reasons.

As a GP in my ‘previous life’, I encountered rather strange diagnoses made by my colleagues in clinical practice.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.health24.com/Columnists/When-doctors-are-negligent-misdiagnose-and-make-mistakes-20150624

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Should care home cameras be banned?

One woman strongly opposed to the calls is Irene Rees, whose family used covert filming to help jail an NHS nurse who was abusing her 92-year-old mother-in-law. She joins us this morning alongside Eileen Chubb, founder of the campaign group Compassion in Care.

“You need cameras in care homes. We need them in the rooms. It should be part of a package that’s offered to you when you go to these homes. It’s up to the relatives then to decide… I can’t see any other way of safeguarding these elderly people” – Irene Rees

“Why did I blow the whistle? I saw widespread abuse of people. There was no question about reporting it to management, and we went higher, and higher, and higher” – Eileen Chubb  Compassion in care

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has called for relatives to be banned from secretly filming elderly residents they suspect are being abused in care homes. Earlier this year the Care Quality Commission watchdog introduced a new policy allowing families to covertly film relatives in homes as a ‘last resort’. But the RCN yesterday called for the policy to be banned – warning it would deter nurses from working in care homes and drive down care standards

Please click on the link to watch the interview

http://www.itv.com/thismorning/hot-topics/should-care-home-hidden-cameras-be-banned

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A&Es are places of terror for the old: Nurses warn that bewildered elderly patients are constantly being left on trolleys in corridors

  •    30 hospitals have declared major incidents and cancelled routine surgery because they were so busy during the busy winter season
  •    Some nurses blame the GP and 111 helpline for the rising numbers of patients who are not seriously ill but are turning up in A&E
  •    Elderly patients are considered less urgent than cases of road traffic accidents, brain haemorrhages and heart attacks

Casualty units have become ‘places of terror’ for the elderly, senior nurses have warned. They say patients are being abandoned on trolleys in corridors in mid-summer, when hospitals should be less busy. The so-called ‘winter pressures’ are now carrying on year-round with a steady stream of patients arriving. And it is the elderly who are most affected, with many routinely having to wait up to 20 hours on trolleys.

This winter was one of the worst on record for A&E units, with 30 hospitals declaring major incidents and cancelling routine surgery because they were so busy. But nurses say the crisis is continuing, with patients turning up after failing to get an appointment with their GP or being referred inappropriately by the 111 helpline.

It is the elderly who wait the longest, however, because they are less urgent than cases of road traffic accidents, brain haemorrhages and heart attacks.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3136833/A-Es-places-terror-old-warns-nurses-Bewildered-patients-left-trolleys-corridors.html

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Ambulance service in crisis in England unions warn

Ambulance workers and unions are warning the service in England is in crisis and wouldn’t be able to support a major incident.

One paramedic has told BBC Breakfast they don’t have enough staff and are struggling to cope with the increasing number of emergency calls.

Jayne McCubbin of the BBC was given special access.

Click on the link to watch the video

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-33251702

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Thank you for your support but I still need your help

I am so very happy with the amount of positive comments people have given MyNotes Medical when we launched our campaign yesterday, but to make this happen “I NEED YOUR HELP”.

Please sponsor MyNotes Medical as this vital to help safeguard against any medical errors, and we need MyNotes Medical launched within 3 months. However small your donation, this will commit you to being one of the very people that helped protect people’s lives from the “very real” threat of medical mistakes.

Written for patients by patients

So please go onto http://goo.gl/iqfXs2 and make a pledge.

Together we can make a difference.

Thank you, Joanna

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Beware what the doctor asks you to sign: The terrifying stories of patients who have been misled or even had forms altered when they consent to surgery

Before you receive any treatment from a doctor, you’ll be asked to give consent. It may be a simple question ‘May I take your blood pressure?’, to which you might nod or show agreement by rolling up your sleeve. Or if it’s a more complex procedure involving a general anaesthetic, you’ll be asked to sign a form to show you know the full facts about what’s being planned. The only time we won’t be asked for our consent is when emergency treatment is needed or when a patient lacks the mental capacity to give consent.

The idea is that the patient shares the decision-making. You bring your own expertise to the table: your knowledge of how your health problem affects your daily life and what risks you’re prepared to take. At least that’s the theory. Yet two recent cases have shown that too often doctors aren’t obtaining proper informed consent for surgery, putting patients at risk of harm. When you sign a consent form, often just before surgery, there are two sections: one for the doctor to write down details of the procedure and another to include a list of any risks that the patient needs to know about. Once you’ve signed it, one of the two copies is meant to be given to you.

But that’s not what happened when Marlene Clarke, a retired bank sales manager from Derby, underwent surgery for suspected lung cancer. According to the consent form she signed in 2010, Mrs Clarke, now 69, was due to have a biopsy to confirm the diagnosis at Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3135084/Beware-doctor-asks-sign-terrifying-stories-patients-misled-forms-altered-consent-surgery.html

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Six out of 10 doctors in Wales bullied for raising safety concerns, says damning BMA report

Dr Phil Banfield, chair of the association, says the figures from a survey of doctors and consultants in secondary care are ‘hugely worrying’

Six out of 10 doctors and consultants in Wales say they have been bullied or harassed for raising concerns about patient safety to senior managers. That is just one of the damning statistics from a survey of doctors and consultants in secondary care released today by the British Medical Association (BMA). The association’s Welsh Council chairman, Dr Phil Banfield, has called the findings “hugely worrying” and called on the Welsh Government to “create a culture of support”.

The report goes on to suggest that doctors and consultants think the NHS in Wales is riven with poor leadership and a lack of direction from hospital managers, and that serious mistakes are avoided more by luck than sound planning and robust systems.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/six-out-10-doctors-wales-9497328

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Hospital doctor secretly recorded making patient threat

A disabled man who secretly recorded verbal abuse by a hospital doctor has received an apology from an NHS trust.

David Massey, 54, recorded the doctor, whom he had previously made a complaint about, saying: “What can I do to you? I can probably beat you up, I suppose.” After police were called, one officer suggested leaving him “on the Cat and Fiddle” A537 road in Cheshire. Cheshire Police said they “regret” the incident. Mr Massey said he thought the incident, in March 2014, was “disgraceful”The patient, who has diabetes and chronic back pain, went to an out-of-hours clinic at Macclesfield General Hospital.

The patient, who has diabetes and chronic back pain, went to an out-of-hours clinic at Macclesfield General Hospital. He says he was in severe pain and needed another pain-relieving patch. After a long discussion, the doctor refused to give him any medication but Mr Massey declined to leave and started secretly recording the conversation on his phone.

Speaking about how he could get Mr Massey to leave the room, the doctor can be heard saying: “I can probably beat you up I suppose.” Mr Massey then replies: “You’re going to beat me up?”, to which the doctor responds: “Yeah”.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-33191817

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94-year-old humiliated by care staff as she begged for their help

A daughter recorded care home workers humiliating her mum as she begged for help.

The staff members were caught out when a secret tape recorded them giving a slow round of applause to distressed Doreen MacIntyre, 94, after she asked for “a hand”. The shocking treatment was captured on a secret recording device hidden by concerned daughter Blan Bremner.

The 16-hour tape revealed two members of staff persistently behaving inappropriately in front of Doreen. The carers were suspended and later resigned as a result of the incident, but Blan – who felt “physically sick” after listening to the tape – is calling for further action against those responsible. “They were sarcastic, vindictive and showed no respect to her,” she said. “I burst into tears listening to it.”

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http://www.sundaypost.com/that-s-life/your-health/94-year-old-humiliated-by-care-staff-as-she-begged-for-their-help-1.885700

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Midwives furious after Jeremy Hunt highlights ‘shocking’ number of babies who die at birth – when there’s shortage of 3,000 midwives

Nursing chiefs say there is a shortage of 3,000 midwives and extra staff are needed

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has infuriated midwives by highlighting the “shocking” number of babies who die at birth in the UK. He made the remark on Twitter after it was revealed the NHS had paid £1billion to settle maternity negligence cases. The Health Secretary tweeted: “Shocking that 1300 babies killed or harmed during childbirth last year: we must go further & faster to make the NHS the safest system globally”. But the remark angered nursing chiefs who pointed to a shortage of 3,000 midwives and called for extra staff to be hired to improve patient safety.

Hundreds deluged Twitter, Facebook and internet forums about Mr Hunt’s controversial remarks.

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http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/midwives-furious-after-jeremy-hunt-5920743

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“‘About me’ puts a person at the heart of patient-centred care” by Liz Charalambous for NursingTimes.Net

A brilliant article from a nurse taking the time to really care

I took handover at the start of my shift recently. I received detailed information about care plans, the patient’s vital signs, urine output, blood glucose, early warning scores, Braden scale, MUST (Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool), falls and visual infusion phlebitis score were.

I was then presented with a form to sign for me to take responsibility and accountability for the patient. But there was no mention of the patient’s likes and dislikes, no details of a possible safeguarding issue, and no elaboration on her worries about the possibility of having her dog taken away as she may be unable to manage at home, and face residential home placement.

We are inundated with paperwork – of that there is no question. But the single most important piece of paperwork in my view as far as person-centred care is concerned, is the “about me” form. It is an ingenious document, cleverly crafted to ensure that the team are aware of a person’s preferences, likes and dislikes and their personal history while in hospital.

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About me puts a person at the heart of patient centred-care

Liz Charalambous is staff nurse, healthcare of the older person acute medicine, at Nottingham University Hospital’s Trust

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Max passed away suddenly age just 10 from an undiagnosed heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

Our family are devastated, but we would like to help this charity raise funds to help raise awareness of HCM and to promote screening for such conditions.
Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor us and donations will be quickly processed and passed to CRY. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity’s behalf where the donor is eligible for this. We really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.
Join the Cry Heart of London Bridges Walk on 28th June 2015
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Thanks Dave, Shira and Molly
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New duty of candour legislation creates ‘two-tier health system’

The Health Secretary has been warned that he faces legal action unless he revises the new regulations requiring NHS and social care institutions to hold their hands up and admit when something has gone wrong in a patient’s treatment.

The new regulations, called duty of candour, were widely welcomed when they were brought in following the scandal at Mid-Staffordshire trust. They require patients or their relatives to be told when an incident during treatment has caused significant harm. The rules apply to NHS and private health care and social care providers.

But now leading patient charity, Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA) has said the way the regulations have been drafted means that private clinics and hospitals and GP surgeries could avoid admitting harm in cases where cause and effect are less obvious.

AvMA has now given the Department of Health until Friday 19th June to respond or it will seek a judicial review. Their argument hinges on the words “could lead to”.

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http://blogs.channel4.com/victoria-macdonald-on-health-and-social-care/duty-candour-rules-applied-equally/3076http:/bit.ly/1GuT7vx

 

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Petition to Investigate and stop the murder of vulnerable people, remove closed courts and meetings which should be public.

You wake up hungry, thirsty, forced to be alone, trapped in a bed with people lying about you, making you scared and wanting you dead. 

This is what is happening to the old and people who medicine is considered too expensive in the UK but not else where in the world! And then this is being hidden.

I Dr Jones want a proper Independent public jury investigation including coroner on the death of my mother Mavis Banks. Who in her last days had tears in her eyes and wanted to live. But was forced to die. My mother said someone from Chester City council was trying to sell her home and land cheap and hit her in 2010 before her stroke that lead her to be in a nursing home. The strange actions of Chester City council were all done to shut her up and shows massive corruption in Cheshire.

Please click on the link and sign to stop this before it affects your loved ones.

https://www.change.org/p/prime-minister-david-cameron-investigate-and-stop-the-murder-of-vulnerable-people-remove-closed-courts-and-meetings-which-should-be-public?tk=QN4CFOc1IAvW4X6zOg2DWBOA_OV-wo0a0nwbplDPVDM&utm_source=petition_update&utm_medium=email

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Shhh, the secret is happening on 22nd June – All will be revealed soon

The launch to help patients in organising their health issues and concerns will be shown on Monday 22nd June.

The full name will be revealed with the link. Watch this space, Joanna

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Devastated parents ask – Why didn’t Dudley’s Russells Hall Hospital perform caesarian?

A woman whose daughter was stillborn says she was refused a Caesarian despite raising her concerns that her baby was in distress.

And Jennie Collins says she was put in a ‘filthy’ room with blood spots on the sink and in the toilet and a bin full of medical waste while she waited to deliver tragic Layla having been told the devastating news. Now the 31-year-old and her fiancé Daniel Davenport, aged 35, are demanding answers from Dudley’s Russells Hall Hospital after their daughter was stillborn, despite asking for a Caesarian section. And the couple have told of their concerns over how they were looked after, including how they were told they should drink water from a tap labelled for hand washing only.

They are now considering legal action while the Dudley Group of Hospitals, which insists the room was cleaned before, during and after Miss Collins was in there, has appointed an executive director to investigate.

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http://www.expressandstar.com/news/local-news/2015/06/17/devastated-parents-ask-why-didnt-hospital-perform-caesarian/

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Pictures from the couple show how the room looked

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‘Something’s not right. I’m sick of this': Teenage girl who was told to ‘stop Googling’ the rare cancer that eventually killed her left heartbreaking messages begging doctors to take her seriously

  • Bronte Doyne died 16 months after being told she would survive cancer
  • Her mother Lorraine has released daughter’s messages before she died 
  • Teenager had rare cancer that only around 200 people a year get worldwide
  • Miss Doyne told she’d survive after an operation to remove liver growth
  •  Online research said it would come back but doctors said: ‘stop Googling’ 

A teenage cancer victim begged doctors to take her seriously in a series of desperate messages written shortly before she died, it was revealed today.

Bronte Doyne, 19, said she was ‘fed up of trusting’ medics who refused to accept she was dying and was told to ‘stop Googling’ the rare illness that would eventually kill her. Miss Doyne died in March 2013, 16 months after she developed fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma (FBC), a rare form of liver cancer which only affects 200 people a year worldwide.   The teenager had an operation in September 2011 to remove the cancer and was told she would make a full recovery, but online research in America told her that FBC often returns.

But ‘aloof and evasive’ doctors at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) treated her with ‘woeful lack of care and empathy’ and refused to accept this and told her to ‘stop Googling’. In a text weeks before she died she said: ‘Need answers. Want to know what’s going on. Something’s not right. I’m sick of this’.  And days before she died she wrote: ‘Can’t begin to tell you how it feels to have to tell an oncologist they are wrong. I had to, I’m fed up of trusting them’.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3126052/Teenage-girl-told-stop-Googling-rare-cancer-killed-left-heartbreaking-messages-begging-doctors-seriously.html

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NHS trusts ‘failing to deal with serious complaints’

 The Health Ombudsman has accused NHS trusts of failing to deal with serious complaints properly.

Too many, often bereaved relatives, are left with no other choice but to take their issues to the ombudsman because trusts fail to deal with them locally, it said. Today a report containing investigations dealt with in October and Novermber last year showcases the wide range of cases the Ombudsman service investigates about the NHS in England and other government departments.

One case a family who had no choice but to place a vulnerable man with dementia in private care over Christmas, after he was unsafely discharged from A&E on Christmas Day. One hospital trust gave no assurance that errors that led to a patient with dementia being left on a trolley in A&E for more than 33 hours followed by an assessment unit for 42 hours would not happen again.

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http://www.itv.com/news/2015-06-17/nhs-trusts-failing-to-deal-with-serious-complaints/?

Read the Ombudsman report

http://www.ombudsman.org.uk/about-us/news-centre/press-releases/2015/ombudsmans-report-highlights-poor-complaint-handling-and-service-failures-across-the-nhs-in-england-and-uk-government-departments

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Nurses miss patient having heart attack as vending machine blocks alarm

Medics on standby fail to respond when patient has heart attack on operating table as no one can see flashing lights on cardiac arrest alarm

Nurses did not realise a patient was having a heart attack because a vending machine had been put in front of a cardiac arrest alarm, a whistleblower has revealed. The obstruction meant that medics on standby in a coffee room failed to respond when the patient had a heart attack on the operating table – because no one could see the flashing lights on the alarm. An inside at the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital described it as a “serious breach of patient safety”.

The whistleblower said: “While the staff were preparing a patient for heart surgery in one of the theatres, this patient suffered a cardiac arrest so normal procedures were followed, the arrest alarm was activated and, while the doctor and nurses were working on the patient, the scrub nurse was sent to see why there was no response to the arrest alarm.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/nhs/11675033/Nurses-miss-patient-having-heart-attack-as-vending-machine-blocks-alarm.html

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A vending machine covering up a cadiac arrest alarm at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, Broadgreen

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Future of NHS Leadership inquiry: Download the full report – HSJ

Leadership in the NHS is an endlessly debated topic – but discussions rarely go beyond the expression of bland platitudes and well-worn truisms. Only very occasionally do these debates produce actionable conclusions with lasting impact on the management of the NHS.

This report is an attempt to go beyond that uninspiring conversation, to provide real insight into the challenges faced by current and future NHS leaders, and to make some concrete recommendations on how they may be overcome.

Thirty years ago Roy Griffiths produced his landmark report containing the defining phrase that “if Florence Nightingale were carrying her lamp through the corridors of the NHS today she would almost certainly be searching for the people in charge”.

It was, precisely, the right diagnosis for the time. It led to the introduction of general management in the NHS – a form of leadership which replaced the “consensus management” that had arrived with the 1974 reorganisation of
the NHS.

Consensus had failed because it effectively gave a veto to any member of the team and too often produced, in Sir Roy’s words, “lowest common denominator decisions”, if any decision at all.

Today’s debate on healthcare leadership, nationally and internationally, is all about integration and system leadership – perhaps
a reinvention of consensus management, but this time between organisations rather than within them.

by By Alastair McLellan HSJ

Read all the recommendations set out by the HSJ Future of NHS Leadership inquiry

Download the report 

http://www.hsj.co.uk/Journals/2015/06/12/y/m/e/HSJ-Future-of-NHS-Leadership-inquiry-report-June-2015.pdf

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Campaigners to march on Department of Health over calls for safe NHS staffing levels

Patient safety campaigners will march on the Department of Health this week to call for safe staffing levels on NHS wards.

Charlie Cooper for The Independent

The demonstration follows a decision to end key research at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) into safe staffing ratios that the NHS could use. Campaigners, led by Julie Bailey, who helped expose the Mid Staffordshire care scandal, will deliver a letter to the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt on Thursday, calling on him to reverse the decision.

Nursing leaders and patient safety experts have expressed concern that the research, which will be taken on by NHS England, will now be “based on cost” and not evidence of what is safest. The protest is a blow to Mr Hunt, who has gained a reputation as a staunch advocate of patient safety issues. Cure the NHS, the campaign group founded by Ms Bailey, said in a statement: “Jeremy Hunt has been at the forefront of promoting patient safety. But this recent announcement appears to be a backward step and goes against all he has promoted.”

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The move follows a decision to end research into safe staffing ratios.

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Manchester’s latest weapon in the fight against cancer: New £28.5m research centre opens its doors today 16th June

The facility, opposite The Christie in Withington, will help develop new treatments by bringing world-class scientists under one roof.

The battle to beat cancer gets a huge boost today with the opening of Manchester’s £28.5m specialist research centre The centre, opposite The Christie in Withington, will help develop new treatments by bringing world-class scientists under one roof. The vision for the project – a joint initiative by the hospital trust, Cancer Research UK and the University of Manchester – is to develop ‘personalised therapies’ for patients.

Prof Nic Jones, the centre’s director, said: “I am thrilled to see the building open as it looks absolutely fantastic.  “The new research centre will make a tremendous difference to the way cancer is treated in future. “The new centre will attract world-class scientists and help to save thousands of lives both here and around the world.”

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http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/health/new-manchester-cancer-centre-christie-9459948

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Carer flew to Jamaica with money she stole from vulnerable clients

A carer who stole more than £2,300 from the vulnerable women she was supposed to be looking after has been jailed for six months.

Rosemarie Walker-Detroit from Low Hill spent the cash on a tip to Jamaica, Wolverhampton Crown Court heard. The 54-year-old, who was working for Accord Group at the time, forged bank letters, took control of her victims’ cash cards and withdrew money from their accounts. Judge Michael Challinor said: “She has targeted vulnerable victims who are easier to dupe. “These victims knew they had been swindled and it has impacted on their lives. The harm here is the breach of trust, the fact these people were reliant on her care.”

Walker-Detroit, of Colley Avenue, was jailed after admitting three counts of fraud spanning March to October last year. An investigation was launched after a woman in her care, who was in her early 50s and suffering from medical, emotional and financial problems, became suspicious about £750 withdrawn from her account. After calling the victim’s bank, the police became involved and it was discovered Walker-Detroit had taken a total of £1,702.85 from her debit account.

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http://www.expressandstar.com/news/local-news/2015/06/15/carer-flew-to-jamaica-with-money-she-stole-from-vulnerable-clients/

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Health experts urge ministers to publish secret list of failing NHS trusts

Group of respected healthcare figures says that identifying hospitals deemed unviable should lead to a substantial cut in the number of NHS organisations.

Ministers are under pressure to publish a secret list of hospital trusts that the NHS leadership believes are performing so poorly that they are no longer viable. Identifying hospitals deemed unsustainable should then lead to a substantial cut in the overall number of organisations that provide NHS care, despite the unpopularity of doing so, a group of respected healthcare figures says.

The group is urging ministers to publish the list of 90 English trusts that have not achieved foundation trust status, drawn up last year by the NHS Trust Development Authority (TDA), the body which supervises them. It is understood to have concluded that some could yet become foundation trusts, but many would need to be taken over by other trusts or become part of the new chains of hospitals that the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, plans to introduce in the autumn. The call comes from experts including Sir Robert Naylor, the chief executive of University College Hospital London, which is widely seen as the NHS’s best-performing hospital, and Stephen Dorrell, a former Conservative health secretary.

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http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jun/15/health-experts-urge-ministers-to-publish-secret-list-of-failing-nhs-trusts

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The former Conservative health secretary Stephen Dorrell is among those calling for the list to be made public.

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Heartbroken Sam, 6, could lose the drug that gave him his childhood back

LITTLE Sam Brown loves nothing more than playing with his younger brother and dreams of becoming a fireman.

Yet six-year-old Sam has a rare illness that means he will never physically grow up and it threatens to rob him of his future.

A pioneering drug has been helping to keep him mobile for the past three-and-a-half years and offers the only hope of prolonging his life. Yet his parents must wait until the end of this month to learn if the NHS will take over the £395,000-a-year funding of his treatment, which until now has been provided free of charge by a drug company as part of a trial.

His mother Katy, 38, said: “This drug has given him the freedom to be a child again. “It feels like a ticking time bomb. If he doesn’t have that drug, the clock will start ticking and the degenerative impact can start to happen. “Once the damage is done no amount of this drug at a later date is going to turn back the clock. “There is no other viable option. We could raise a few hundred thousand pounds as a one-off but to do it year in year out for the rest of his life is not feasible. Not allowing him access to a proven treatment discriminates against people with rare illnesses. I will never stop fighting for him until he gets what he deserves.”

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http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/584296/Sam-Brown-treatment-NHS-illness-Vimizim

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Little Sam has become much better after receiving the special treatment

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Autistic boy set for millions after NHS blunder

An autistic teenager has won the right to multi-million-pound compensation after his parents only found out NHS negligence was the likely cause of his condition when they applied for a disability parking permit.

Foryears Ben Harman’s parents had thought his disabilities were just one of life’s cruelties and struggled to make his life as comfortable as possible. The truth emerged when they applied for a “blue badge” for their car, Mr Justice Turner said at the High Court.  Only then were they told a hospital negligently failed to diagnose his catastrophically low blood sugar levels after his birth in 2002. He was eventually given dextrose but that did not save him from brain damage and autism.

The judge said: “When he was discharged his parents were told nothing of the risk that his low blood sugar levels may have caused lasting damage.” Ben’s parents were deeply worried when he failed to meet his milestones but never suspected that he may have been a victim of medical negligence. The judge said it was in 2006 that the couple applied for a blue badge so they could park in disabled bays — and the truth was “only revealed incidentally” when they were asked for medical evidence in support of their application.

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http://www.standard.co.uk/news/health/autistic-boy-set-for-millions-after-nhs-blunder-10315290.html

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Payout: Ben Harman has won the right to multi-million-pound compensation

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Only one in three unhappy NHS patients actually complain, says new survey

Only one in three people who are unhappy with their NHS care or with other publics services actually complain, according to a survey conducted by the ombudsman.

The research found that while 90per cent believe that people who think they have had a poor service should complain, in practice, far fewer actually do. Reasons for not complaining included fears that it would be more hassle than it was worth, not knowing who to turn to, and concerns that the complaint would not be taken seriously. However, the most common reason not to complain was that people doubt it will make a difference.

The findings, from a survey of 4,623 people conducted by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO), are echoed by a second report, from patient advocacy group Healthwatch England, which found that only 21 per cent of NHS patients who have a poor care experience write a letter of complaint.

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http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/only-one-in-three-unhappy-nhs-patients-actually-complain-says-new-survey-10317167.html

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Baby’s death could have been avoided but NHS 111 staff ‘were working from a script because they are not skilled professionals’

  • William Mead died after developing an abscess in his left lung at 12 months
  • Mother phoned NHS out-of-hours 111 service the night before he died
  • Staff missed chance to save the infant as they read from script
  • Had he been admitted to hospital he could have been saved
  • Coroner records verdict that his death was due to natural causes

A baby died after NHS 111 staff working from a script missed the chance to save the seriously ill infant, an inquest heard. William Mead died the day after a helpline operator, with no medical training, advised his mother to give him plenty of fluids, Calpol and Ibuprofen. The 12-month-old had developed an abscess in his left lung caused by the bacterial infection streptococcus A. But had the out-of-hours service advised that the child be admitted immediately to hospital he could still be alive today, the hearing was told.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3120129/Baby-s-death-avoided-NHS-111-staff-working-script-not-skilled-professionals.html

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William Mead was just 12 months old when he died after NHS 111 staff working from a script missed a chance to save him

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NHS will not offer ‘innovative’ drug to treat prostate cancer

Cancer charities are disappointed with health officials who have deemed a new and ‘innovative’ drug to treat advanced prostate cancer is not cost-effective for the NHS.

Enzalutamide is currently available on the Cancer Drugs Fund in England, which enables patients to access drugs that would not otherwise have been routinely available from the NHS. But the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) has published draft guidance in which it says the drug has not been proven to work well enough for the price the NHS must pay for it.

The drug, also called Xtandi, is licensed to treat people with prostate cancer that has spread to other parts of the body who have not yet had chemotherapy, and in whom treatments to lower the amount of male sex hormones – which normally stop the cancer from growing and spreading – no longer work.

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http://www.itv.com/news/2015-06-11/nhs-will-not-offer-innovative-drug-to-treat-prostate-cancer/

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‘Dishonest and untrustworthy’ woman forged documents to get work as a carer

A CARER who was struck off amid allegations of theft forged documents to allow her to continue to work – and stole from a family she was looking after.

Veronica Newton, 41, falsified a police record to get another job and kept up the charade until other clients reported things missing from their homes. Even when she was confronted by bosses, she brazenly maintained the lies and made a fake phone call to the authorities to try to cover her tracks. However, the call was recorded and it was discovered that she had been put on hold and the conversation she pretended to have had not been with anybody.

Mother-of-two Newton, of Malvern Crescent, Darlington, was condemned by a judge at Teesside Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday), but was allowed to walk free. Recorder Martin Bethel, QC, imposed an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, with supervision and unpaid work, and told her: “You must never ever work in this sort of employment in the future because you have demonstrated you are a thoroughly dishonest and untrustworthy person.”

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http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/13325590._Dishonest_and_untrustworthy__woman_forged_documents_to_get_work_as_a_carer/

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Urgent message – Any bereaved parents from Kingston upon Hull or the surrounding East Riding towns and villages, who did not have their baby’s ashes returned to them

I would like to request that any bereaved parents from Kingston upon Hull or the surrounding East Riding towns and villages, who did not have their baby’s ashes returned to them to please contact me Tina Trowhill.

We now know that Ashes were collected after every cremation that took place. I am currently trying to get the council in Kingston upon Hull to agree to a local inquiry regarding the non-return of baby’s ashes after cremation. I am trying to gather statistics of how many parents were affected by not having their baby’s ashes returned to them. I can also offer confidential advice and support on obtaining information regarding finding out the location of their baby’s ashes and help parents obtain any and all paper work they are entitled to.

My son was cremated in 1994 and I was told there would be no ashes remaining. In 2014 I found out that there were ashes and the crematorium staff strew them. The council tell me that they have ALWAYS collected ashes from babies cremations.

I can be contacted on tinatrowhill@fsmail.net  All correspondence will remain strictly confidential.

With kind regards

Tina Trowhill.

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NHS recruiter says the Government needs to recruit more foreign doctors to meet its targets

The Government must allow the NHS to recruit more doctors from abroad if it is to meet its targets to boost GP numbers, a leading recruiter has said.

The Conservative manifesto called for the health service to take on 5,000 more GPs to help surgeries extend opening hours. The reform is part of a long-term strategy to move care out of hospitals and into local surgeries, thought to be a more efficient way of delivering treatment.

But ManpowerGroup Solutions UK, one of the biggest recruiters of GPs for the NHS, said there were not enough “homegrown” GPs to accomplish the policy. “David Cameron has pledged to recruit 5,000 new GPs to extend surgery opening hours. That will improve care for millions, but it’s hard to see where those doctors will come from,” said James Hick, managing director of the group.

“As a major recruiter of GPs, we see that there are not enough homegrown new clinicians. There’s no simple fix – even if we were to double the number of medical school graduates from British universities, it still wouldn’t solve the problem. “We’re already reliant on doctors and nurses from abroad. Twenty six percent are non-British and that number could rise by 50% over the next five years.”

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/nhs-recruiter-says-the-government-needs-to-recruit-more-foreign-doctors-to-meet-its-targets-10306941.html

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Hiring an extra 5,000 GPs would be very difficult without overseas recruitment, major recruiter says

 

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NHS scandal: 1,000 babies die a year due to ‘shocking’ standards – costing us £1 BILLION

CAMPAIGNERS have slammed the NHS after “shocking” figures revealed that more than 1,000 babies were killed in maternity units last year.

Officials paid just under £1billion to settle 1,316 claims of negligence, including maimed babies – up from £488 million 10 years ago.  James Titcombe, whose son Joshua died nine days after his birth in 2008, condemned the NHS for not “leaning from mistakes”  He said: “That we’re spending £1billion is absolutely shocking. “There should be no room for failing to learn, yet the system that we have at the moment is woefully inadequate.” A police investigation into Joshua’s death was widened to include 18 other premature deaths at the same maternity unit.

Death rates in Britain vary from 5.4 to 7.1 per 1,000 births, with experts urging the worst performing areas to investigate wrongdoings.

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http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/583400/NHS-maternity-midwife-stillbirth-James-Titcombe-health-babies-dead

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NHS staff should play a bigger role in health service changes

The most important people to consult on new models of care are those who will be asked to deliver these reforms on the frontline

The election dice have been rolled and the hard work for policymakers in all departments has begun. None more so than in health. We already knew that the NHS would be set to change again over the coming years in response to the significant challenges facing it on funding, service delivery and workforce culture.

In fact, that change started happening before the election: as healthcare professionals were getting their heads around the implications of the “new models” outlined in the Five Year Forward View, devo Manc introduced ambitious outlines for more joined-up thinking and acting, bringing together the Greater Manchester strategic health and social care partnership board, NHS England, 12 clinical commissioning groups and 10 councils, not to mention the regulators and other government bodies.

With these changes, we run the risk of forgetting what’s most important: that the very people bringing about these changes need to be listened to. What would be unhelpful is top-down diktats. This is reflected in reports pointing to rising staff dissatisfaction, increasing amounts of industrial action and the falling morale of doctors, nurses and support staff.

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http://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2015/jun/10/nhs-staff-bigger-role-health-service-changes

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Unless we formally involve staff in changes to the NHS, we run the risk of finding ourselves at the bottom of the snake, once again.’ Photograph: image100/Corbis

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Integrated care must start with a new single national framework – The Kings Fund

Former NHS England boss David Nicholson famously described Andrew Lansley’s NHS shake-up as ‘so big you could probably see it from space’.

Five years on the consequences are much more down to earth, with an organisational landscape so complex that, rather like the peace of God, it passeth all understanding. The imperative to integrate care around the needs of an ageing population with a mixture of conditions and needs that defy service boundaries has never been greater. Yet, responsibilities for commissioning different pieces of the jigsaw has never been more fragmented and are now scattered across nearly 400 separate organisations. http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/

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‘Severe shortage’ of GPs could see traditional family doctor become a thing of past

Rising patient numbers and amounts of paperwork are forcing more GPs out of full time work, putting surgeries at risk of following the same rocky financial path as Britain’s struggling hospitals. Hospitals have come under fire for “wasting” £3.3bn annually on locum doctors and now local GP surgeries are forking out £70-£90 an hour for agency staff.

Medical insiders explained the pressures to squeeze in millions more patients, as well as being able to complete growing amounts of administration, meant many were put off from running their own practices. Many GPs also want to work more flexibly to fit work in around their children. It means the tradition of having a family doctor from cradle to grave could soon be a thing of the past.

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http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/583174/Shortage-of-GPs-could-see-life-long-family-doctor-become-a-thing-of-the-past

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GPs are so stressed they are quitting to become locums and avoid paperwork

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Nursing agency’s £43m NHS payday

Mail investigation finds firm billed cash-strapped hospitals as much as £1,800 a shift to plug gap in staffing shortages

A nursing agency once owned by an offshore company in the Cayman Islands charged the NHS £43million last year to supply staff.

Thornbury Nursing Services raked in up to £6.5million from individual hospital trusts, billing them for as much as £1,800 a shift. Last week Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt told the NHS it must cut its soaring bill for agency staff, warning: ‘Expensive staffing agencies are quite simply ripping off the NHS.’  But research from 126 NHS trusts – two thirds of those in the UK – revealed some hospitals are spending more than £20million a year on agency nurses to plug staffing gaps.

Meanwhile, last year four agencies charged the NHS £88million for nurses alone. The figures are revealed by Freedom of Information requests sent to hospital trusts bythe Mail. London North West Healthcare NHS Trust spent £25million solely on agency nurse cover lastyear, while Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust spent £20million.  Barts Health NHS Trust in London spent £80million on agency nurses and doctors – and while it refused to disclose the breakdown, it admitted using agencies for more than 220,000 nursing shifts. Seven trusts said they’d had to pay an agency more than £1,000 for a single shift, with Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust paying Thornbury Nursing Service £1,800.

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100 year old best friends

Just lovely,  please watch

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Will Powell: “For 25 Years The State Has Covered Up The Negligence That Killed My Boy Robbie”

Please watch and listen to Will Powell’s shocking account of what happened to his son Robbie 25 years ago

 

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This is a short film developed as part of an investigation by Ombudsman Peter Tyndall into how public hospitals handle complaints in Ireland.

The Office of the Ombudsman, Ireland, examines complaints from members of the public who feel they have been unfairly treated by certain public bodies.

The investigation has found that people are afraid to complain about the care and treatment they receive in hospitals because they are concerned about the repercussions for themselves or their loved ones. More details are available on the website ombudsman.gov.ie
Dara Gantly looks at how a ‘root and branch’ reform of our complaints process can enhance patient safety and the provision of care
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The Irish Medical Times Unlocking the patient complaints box

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NHS patient safety fears as health watchdog scraps staffing guidelines

Nice says it has stopped devising ratios of nurses to patients, recommended in report into Mid Staffs scandal, with NHS England taking over the work

The NHS has been accused of backtracking on improvements to patient safety brought in after the Mid Staffordshire hospital scandal in an effort to tackle its escalating financial problems. The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) watchdog has unexpectedly scrapped work to set out how many nurses are needed in different parts of hospitals to ensure safe patient care. The move drew sharp criticism from nurses’ leaders, patient safety campaigners and Sir Robert Francis, the QC whose official report into Mid Staffs recommended Nice draw up guidelines on NHS-wide safe staffing levels, because understaffing had contributed significantly to the scandal.

Nice – which is an independent body – said it had stopped devising a raft of patient to staff ratios intended to help guarantee patient safety in A&E units and mental health settings at the request of NHS England, which will now take over the work. However the fear is that NHS England will either introduce lower standards – in terms of the number of nurses required – that are cheaper for hospitals to meet, or that the guidelines on the safe number of nurses will be abandoned altogether.

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http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jun/04/nhs-patient-safety-fears-nice-scrap-staffing-level-guidelines-mid-staffs-scandal

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Sir Robert Francis QC, whose report into the Mid Staffs scandal recommended staffing guidelines, has criticised the scrapping of the work. Photograph: Martin Godwin/Martin Godwin

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I’d consider assisted suicide if I become a burden to my loved ones, says Professor Stephen Hawking

Would you consider assisted suicide if you had a terminal illness and in pain if it was legal in the UK?

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  • The award-winning physicist revealed he would consider assisted suicide
  • The 73-year-old’s form of motor neurone disease has slowly paralysed him
  • He told Dara O’Briain it would be done if he was a burden to his loved ones
  • But he added there needed to be safeguards established to prevent abuse

Professor Stephen Hawking says he would consider assisted suicide if he felt he had become a burden to his loved ones.

The award-winning theoretical physicist, who is paralysed as a result of motor neurone disease, is an ardent supporter of a person’s right to die. Professor Hawking, 73, admitted he would consider taking the step himself if he was in great pain. He said refusing terminally ill people the right to die was ‘the ultimate indignity’.

In an interview with comedian Dara O’Briain, he said: ‘I would consider assisted suicide only if I were in great pain or felt I had nothing to contribute, but was just a burden to those around me.’  However, the Cambridge scientist insisted he had no plans to slow down yet, adding: ‘I am damned if I’m going to die before I have unravelled more of the universe.’ Prof Hawking suffers from a rare, slow-progressing form of motor neurone disease that has gradually paralysed him over the decades.

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Father-of-three decided to die at a assisted suicide clinic

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Jeffrey Spector 54-year-old father-of-three with cancer killed himself at a Swiss assisted suicide clinic against the wishes of his wife and children because he believed his death would be in their ‘best interests’.
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A&E swamped as thousands can’t get in to see GPs: Patients placing huge pressure on units after being refused same-day appointments at surgeries

  • Many have non-urgent issues but can’t be seen quickly by family doctors
  • Experts want more GPs, nurses & primary care staff at A&E departments 
  • People refusing to use alternative services such as 111 or walk-in clinics 
  • Patients see A&E as recognisable ‘brand’ so will continue to go there

Thousands of people are flooding A&E because they have been refused a same-day appointment with their GP, a report has found. Patients are placing huge pressure on casualty wards as they arrive in ever larger numbers. Many have non-urgent health problems that could easily be dealt with at a localsurgery but they are unable to be seen promptly by family doctors.  Now experts have called for more GPs, nurses and other primary care staff to be stationed at A&E departments to deal with patients who do not really need emergency care.

The report, published today by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine and the Patients Association, found that many Britons are also refusing to use alternative services such as the NHS 111 helpline, walk-in clinics or out-of-hours GP services. The document says A&E is seen as a recognisable ‘brand’ by patients so they will continue to go there even if other services are available.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3108414/A-E-swamped-thousands-t-GPs-Patients-placing-huge-pressure-units-refused-day-appointments-surgeries.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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Nurse sought for NHS to handle ‘irate surgeons and aggressive patients’

A newspaper advert for a job at an NHS hospital in Glasgow has been pulled after the controversial description caused fury among staff.

The post for a theatre nursing support worker at Gartnavel General Hospital warned applicants about “complaints from irate surgeons due to the pressures and constraints of the environment”. Interested parties also risked dealing with “verbal and physical aggressive behaviour from patients” under the influence of drugs, alcohol or anaesthetic.

However despite the advert’s wording it has been reported 61 people still applied for the vacancy with a starting salary of £15,358 to work 37.5 hours including nightshifts and weekends.

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http://news.stv.tv/west-central/1322036-gartnavel-hospital-job-advert-causes-fury-among-nhs-glasgow-staff/

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Gartnavel Hospital: The advert still attracted 61 applicants.

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NHS ‘Must Deliver’ On Patient Care And Waste

 The Health Secretary warns the NHS it must focus on efficiencies as he promises a crackdown on “rip-off” agency fees.

NHS bosses have been urged by Jeremy Hunt to focus on finding efficiencies and patient care rather than complain about a lack of funds. The Health Secretary hit out at the NHS saying the Government has provided the extra funding requested by its chief executive and now wants the health service to “deliver its side of the bargain” by eliminating waste.

“Simon Stevens (NHS England Chief Executive) said the NHS needed an extra £8bn by 2020 and the Government has invested that. “Now the NHS must deliver its side of the bargain for patients by eliminating waste, helped by the controls on spending we’re putting in place,” said Mr Hunt, who also promised a crackdown on “rip off” staffing agency fees. “Expensive staffing agencies are quite simply ripping off the NHS.

“It’s outrageous that taxpayers are being taken for a ride by companies charging up to £3,500 a shift for a doctor.

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http://news.sky.com/story/1494576/nhs-must-deliver-on-patient-care-and-waste

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Oliver Sargent death: Safeguarding opportunities missed

Health professionals missed “several opportunities” to safeguard an 11-month-old boy before he died of a skull fracture inflicted by his father, a serious case review has found.

Paul Thomas, from Telford, was jailed for 10 years in April for the manslaughter of his son Oliver Sargent. Oliver’s mother Ashlea was convicted of causing or allowing his death. The infant could have been removed from his home had the abuse been recognised earlier, the review concluded. Oliver’s parents, whose relationship was described in the report as “unstable”, took him to the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford on four occasions.

He was was seen by a number of doctors there and one questioned if the injuries could have been non-accidental, but another, a consultant, accepted Oliver’s mother’s claim that he was a “very active child who rolled on to toys”.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-shropshire-32963741

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Paul Thomas was acquitted of murder but convicted of the manslaughter and his wife Ashlea waws cleared of murder and manslaughter

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‘Amazing’ new breast cancer drugs could extend life of sufferers

Experts said that they were hopeful that the treatment would save lives, with signs it could spare one in three breast cancer sufferers from undergoing invasive surgery

Women with advanced breast cancer could live longer thanks to two new drugs hailed as offering an “amazing” step forward in treatment. One therapy destroyed 40 per cent of tumours among patients with one of the most deadly forms of cancer – twice as many as those given standard treatment. Experts said that they were hopeful that the treatment would save lives, with signs it could spare one in three breast cancer sufferers from undergoing invasive surgery.

The second combination therapy – which works for the most common type of breast cancer, more than doubled the time tumours were kept at bay. It meant women with advanced disease were able to secure an extra five months before enduring gruelling sessions of chemotherapy.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/11644508/Amazing-new-breast-cancer-drugs-could-extent-life-of-sufferers.html

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Reports claim that Perjeta redused tumours and in 40 percent of cases disappeared

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Palbociclib is also showing exciting early trials

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Hospital CEO: ‘We have failed’

A hospital trust chief executive has admitted his hospital did not act quickly enough after concerns were raised over patient deaths.

Matthew Kershaw, CEO of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, apologised to the families of the patients involved and said the standard of care they received was “nowhere near good enough”. The apology came as the father of Stephen Palmer, who died in 2013, spoke of his fury at what happened to his son.

The Argus exclusively revealed yesterday how serious flaws in the care of five patients in the acute medical unit (AMU) at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton contributed to their deaths.

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http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/12980754.Hospital_CEO___We_have_failed_/?ref=twtrec

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Matthew Kershaw, CEO of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

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Family calls for review of NHS funding after girl denied kidney treatment

A 12-year-old girl who has been denied potentially life saving drug treatment, has prompted calls for a complete overhaul of NHS drug funding policy.

Abi Longfellow’s kidney disease is too rare to be treated with standard drug funding, but is not rare enough to qualify as an exceptional case and the funding that would bring. Abi spends 10 hours a day undergoing medical treatment and her parents say they just want her to lead a normal life and believe with the drug that would be a possibility.

ITV News Correspondent Damon Green went to meet Abi and her family in Wakefield. Click on the link.

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Abi spends 10 hours a day undergoing medical treatment Credit: ITV News

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Cancer sufferer feels ‘fantastic’ after revolutionary new treatment

Pam Smith says she feels “fantastic” after revolutionary new cancer treatment Immunotherapy shrunk her tumour

A new type of cancer treatment is being hailed as a breakthrough in fighting the deadly disease. Immunotherapy, which uses the body’s own immune system to destroy deadly tumours, has been lauded as one of the biggest breakthroughs in the treatment of cancer for decades.

One patient who has tried the breakthrough drug, Pam smith, says she feels “fantastic” after her treatment. “The drugs have shrunk the tumor: they’ve shrunk it from 9mm to 4mm. “I feel fantastic […] every time I go to the hospital now they’re giving me good news with the scans.” She added that it’s “so sad” for people who can’t get access to the drug. “One of these drugs that I was on was worth £22,000 a time so you know very, very expensive but well worth it in the long run”.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/11643583/Cancer-sufferer-feels-fantastic-after-revolutionary-new-treatment.html

How much patients benefit from the new immuno-therapy treatment announced today in the fight against cancer will depend on which drugs suit them best, according to a leading expert. Speaking to ITV News, Dr Alan Worsley of Cancer Research UK said that patients might respond best to one type of drug or a combination of therapies.

http://www.itv.com/news/update/2015-06-01/cancer-treatment-success-will-depend-on-patient-suitability/?

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X-rays showing a patient’s tumor, circled, before, leftm and after immunotherapy

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This computer knows how much pain a child is in by reading facial expressions

How much pain is your child really in?

Researchers have developed a piece of software that can accurately read kids’ expressions to measure how much pain they are in. The technology could be used to monitor pain and make sure that the right level of painkillers are given to patients so that they recover more quickly. The software analysed the pain-linked facial expressions of children aged between 5 and 17 – all of whom had undergone an appendix removal procedure.

Based on that analysis each patient was given a pain level score. The current best technique for measuring pain involves simply asking the patient to rate their pain on a scale of zero to 10.  “But in paediatrics there is a limited population of kids who can answer that question in a meaningful way. Younger children can have difficulty – a two-year-old hasn’t developed the cognitive and conceptual abilities to think in those terms,” said lead researcher Jeannie Huang from the UC San Diego School of Medicine. This means that doctors sometimes have to rely on assessments made by nurses or parents – but it can be incredibly difficult to gauge pain in others, particularly children. Also, pain checks tend to be scheduled at specific times so may not coincide with when the pain is at its worst. Accurately gauging and controlling pain is important because studies have shown that the under-treatment of pain is linked to bad surgical outcomes.

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http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/technology-science/technology/computer-knows-how-much-pain-5802117?

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Irvine Simmonds: Family of pensioner who died after falling 12 times in NHS care to sue trust

The heartbroken family of a pensioner who died after TWELVE falls in NHS care are to take legal action .

Irvine Simmonds, 88, died following the accidents after he was admitted to hospital for a hip replacement – after he had already taken a fall at home. Daughter Janet, 61, and son-in-law Joe Oliver, 60, were “devastated” by Irvine’s death from a bleed on the brain and pneumonia caused by the falls, two months after he was admitted in September last year, and have confirmed they will lodge a claim. Mr Oliver said: “We’re appalled and feel incredibly let down by what can only be described as an astounding failure in the hospital’s duty of care. “My wife and I are devastated by our loss, and our only hope is that following this verdict, sufficient action will be taken so as to ensure no other family has to go through this.”

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http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/irvine-simmonds-family-pensioner-who-5767248

 

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NHS foundation trusts report a £349 million deficit taking trusts in England to £822 million in the red

NHS foundation trusts have reported a £349 million deficit taking trusts in England overall to £822 million in the red because of a huge “over-reliance” on contract and agency staff, according to a report.
A report released today by regulator Monitor relating to the 152 trusts with foundation status in England showed their deficit was 35 times more than the £10 million that was planned.

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http://www.itv.com/news/2015-05-22/nhs-foundation-trusts-report-a-349-million-deficit-taking-those-in-england-to-822-million-in-the-red/

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End-of-life care letting people down – Health Ombudsman

Thousands of dying patients are being let down by poor end-of-life care provision, the organisation that makes final decisions about NHS complaints in England has said.

The health ombudsman’s report detailed “tragic” cases where people’s suffering could have been avoided or lessened. In one instance, a patient had suffered 14 painful attempts to have a drip reinserted during his final hours. The government said improving end-of-life care was a priority. The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman has investigated 265 complaints about end-of-life care in the past four years, upholding just over half of them.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-32797768

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Revealed: High level fears over patient consent abuse. By Shaun Lintern for HSJ

The Care Quality Commission and NHS England have raised concerns that the current system for securing patient consent for treatment is open to abuse. It comes amid allegations that some doctors have retrospectively altered consent forms, HSJ can reveal.

Revealed: High level fears over patient consent abuse.  In a letter seen by HSJ, the two bodies wrote to General Medical Council chief executive Niall Dickson to warn that patients were not always being given copies of their completed consent forms.  The concern is that this leaves scope for rogue clinicians to amend forms after the treatment to hide mistakes or procedures undertaken without informed consent.

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Patient views offer ‘important messages’ for nurses on end of life care By Jo Stephenson, Nursing Times

Nurses have a “huge role” to play in helping patients broach the issue of dying and their final wishes, but it is also vital they have the support to do so, a leading palliative care expert has said.

According to the survey of 2,000 adults published this week by the Dying Matters Coalition, most patients regularly thought about death and believed it should be talked about more often, but many admitted they found it uncomfortable to discuss. Claire Henry, chief executive of the coalition and a nurse by background, told Nursing Times that the survey findings contained important messages for healthcare professionals.

“We need to have these conversations when people are well and that’s everyone’s responsibility, but health professionals should be encouraging them,” she said. “Nurses, healthcare assistants and their social care colleagues have a huge role to play, because they often have really good relationships with patients and their families.” She said it was not about asking blunt questions such as “where do you want to die?”, but initiating discussions at the right time.

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Stepping Hill nurse Victorino Chua guilty of murdering patients

A nurse has been convicted of murdering two patients and poisoning 20 others at a Greater Manchester hospital.

Victorino Chua killed Tracey Arden, 44, and Derek Weaver, 83, at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport by injecting insulin into saline bags and ampoules. These were then unwittingly used by other hospital nurses on Chua’s victims, who were mostly elderly. The father-of-two, 49, who was cleared of a third murder charge, left one patient with a serious brain injury.

Greater Manchester Police say the investigation which led to Victorino Chua’s arrest and conviction was one of the the biggest and most complex it has ever carried out.Officers flew to Chua’s native Philippines, where their investigations cast serious doubt over his medical qualifications.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-32782153

Click on the link to watch video report Stepping Hill: Complex hunt to convict killer nurse

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The 14,000 NHS workers on £50k-a-year pensions: Number of fat cats on millionaire deals now more than doubled during funding crisis

Investigation by the Daily Mail reveals extraordinary retirement packages

Taxpayers now face a £700million bill over next two years to cover the cost 

Figures revealed as furious debate rages over NHS’s £30bn funding gap 

The 14,000 NHS workers on £50k-a-year pensions: Number of fat cats on millionaire deals now more than doubled during funding crisis. The extraordinary retirement packages were claimed as hospitals announced huge financial losses and nurses had their pay frozen. Taxpayers now face a £700million bill to cover the cost as a wave of NHS bosses have cashed in their retirement pots to maximise their extraordinary benefits.

Figures released to the Daily Mail under the Freedom of Information Act show that last year 14,055 former NHS staff were receiving at least £50,000 a year from their NHS pensions – compared with 6,965 just four years previously. Incredibly, 144 of these now receive a taxpayer-funded income of more than £100,000 per year, when just 40 received this amount in 2010.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3085636/The-14-000-NHS-workers-50k-year-pensions-Number-fat-cats-millionaire-deals-doubled-funding-crisis.html

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The revelation comes as new figures show the government has to find an extra £700million over the next two years to plug the funding blackhole within the NHS. The money would pay the annual salaries of 27,000 nurses 

 

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NHS slumps to worst performance in decade as 20,000 operations cancelled at last minute

Tens of thousands of patients have had their operations shelved at the last minute as the NHS slumped to its worst performance in a decade, it was revealed today. More than 20,000 operations were cancelled by NHS hospitals in England during the last quarter. Figures released by NHS England show 20,464 operations were cancelled at the last minute for non-clinical reasons from January to the end of March. During the same period in 2013/14, there were 17,868 cancelled operations. It is the highest number since the last quarter of 2004/5, when patients saw 21,500 operations cancelled.

Hospitals are experiencing growing bed shortages, with too many patients being admitted because of a lack of care in the community, and ending up stuck in hospital because there is no help available in their home.

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http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/nhs-slumps-worst-performance-decade-5704158

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Doctor who stole hospital patients’ leftover morphine to feed her addiction and injected herself at the end of shifts is spared jail

A doctor who stole morphine from the hospital where she worked to feed her drug habit has escaped jail.

Samianaz Siddiqui began pocketing the narcotic soon after she started work at York District Hospital in September last year. The 36-year-old took morphine left over from that given to patients and injected it at the end of her shift, a court heard. The plastic surgery specialist has now pleaded guilty to theft by an employee of morphine, cyclizine and needles but this week escaped a jail term with a suspended sentence. York Crown Court heard that four months after she started work at the hospital, Siddiqui’s thefts were uncovered by security staff, who saw her in a hospital theatre where she should not have been.

Suspicious staff searched the mother-of-one’s handbag and found several saline vials and five bloody syringes. The police were called and Siddiqui’s York home was also searched, where officers found a suitcase full of needles, bags of used needles, some empty ampules and cyclizine packets. Later examination of some of the items showed evidence of contact with morphine.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3083189/Doctor-stole-morphine-feed-addiction-spared-jail.html

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Mum fights NHS to save Little Harvey

Yet another shocking story on how life-saving drugs are not being offered in the NHS. I also posted on 11th May about Bethany Henry, 9 who is left screaming in agony every night from tumours growing on her liver and needs £30,000 for drugs http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/bethany-henry-family-sell-home-5676505  Joanna

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A ‘heartbroken’ mum, who will have to watch her little boy slowly deteriorate because of a rare disease, is fighting for a new life-changing drug to be allowed on the NHS.

Harvey Brown is like any other six-year-old boy – when asked what are his favourite things to do, he replies enthusiastically: “play football and eat all the chocolate cake!” But because he has an ultra-rare degenerative disease called Morquio, which affects just 77 children in the UK, Harvey already has to use a wheelchair most of the time just to get around. The inherited illness is caused by an enzyme deficiency, which means Harvey’s skeleton will not develop properly. His organs will continue to grow but his weak bones won’t and he is likely to develop heart disease and breathing difficulties, while losing his vision and hearing. There is no cure for Morquio, and, untreated, patients rarely live beyond their twenties.

A drug which could help Harvey live a longer, happier life is not being offered on the NHS yet, so Vikki and little Harvey took their fight right to the Government’s doorstep in a protest outside Whitehall recently, to demand the “life-changing” drug be made available before it’s too late.

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http://www.southwarknews.co.uk/news/mum-fights-nhs-to-save-little-harvey/

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Harvey’s ultra-rare condition will only get worse as he gets older

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‘Underlying problem with death certification’ – Should 10,000 more deaths be examined every year?

Dr. Suzy Lishman, president of the Royal College of Pathologists, talks to Going Underground host Afshin Rattansi about problems in death

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Hunt reveals priorities for his NHS ‘mission’ By Will Hazell, Dave West. LGC

Prime minister David Cameron confirmed Mr Hunt would stay in his role, which he has held since autumn 2012, as he reshuffled his Cabinet in the Conservative Party’s new majority government. Responding to the news that he had been reappointed as health secretary, Mr Hunt said he was “humbled…not least because of the enormous responsibility for hundreds of thousands of doctors, nurses and other NHS staff who are working incredibly hard right now and under enormous pressure”.

Mr Hunt said the NHS had “started a journey” to make the NHS the “safest, most caring and highest quality healthcare system in the world” but added “there is still further to go”.  “My biggest priority now is to transform care outside hospitals – just as we have dramatically improved the quality of care inside hospitals in the last few years.”  He said to ensure older and vulnerable people were treated with “the highest standards of care” there needed to be a “step change” in services delivered by GP surgeries, community care and social care.

“That is my mission, and I know it is the mission of the whole NHS too,” he added.

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Private healthcare companies accused of using tax relief to undercut the NHS

Private healthcare companies have been accused of getting unfair tax relief when competing with the NHS to provide treatments such as chemotherapy for patients at home. NHS Trusts are increasingly trying to treat patients in their own homes, rather than making them travel to hospitals. The service is often provided by private companies working under contract to the NHS, rather than directly by NHS nurses and carers. The government argues that private firms may be able to do this cheaper than the NHS. But it has now emerged that the competition appears skewed because, while private firms can recover the 20 per cent VAT they incur on purchasing drugs, the NHS cannot. That means the private provider’s service can appear many thousands of pounds cheaper than NHS provision when bidding for contracts.

The accusations will give fresh fuel to critics who claim there is an inherent bias in government policy towards favouring privatisation of large swathes of the health service. The difference VAT makes can be substantial, as a document on Bupa’s website entitled “Economic Attractiveness: home chemotherapy” illustrates. This shows Bupa saves £244 for each infusion of Herceptin due to its “nil” VAT status. As the Bupa document says, after other overheads, “for a cohort of 50 patients an annual saving of £187,000 can be made”.

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http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/private-healthcare-companies-accused-of-using-tax-relief-to-undercut-the-nhs-10251549.html

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4 WEEKS OF HELL: Royal Blackburn Hospital doctors diagnose woman with cancer – only to find it was inflamed appendix moments before surgery

A GRANDMOTHER said ‘goodbye’ to her family after being told she needed a cancer operation – only for doctors at Royal Blackburn Hospital to discover she had been misdiagnosed moments before surgery.

Sandra Lord was left heartbroken last month when a pain in her stomach was diagnosed as bowel cancer following a scan at the hospital on April 16. The 69-year-old was due to have part of her bowel removed when she went under the knife at the hospital on Tuesday. But when the surgery team performed a colonoscopy before the operation they discovered that what they thought was a lump on the bowel was actually caused by an inflamed appendix rubbing against the bowel. Having been told she was due to stay in for seven to 10 days, Mrs Lord, from Waterfoot, woke up from the operation just two hours after she was given an epidural and was told it had all been a big mistake.

She said: “It’s obviously a relief that I haven’t got cancer but I shouldn’t have had to go through that. It’s been a living hell for a month.

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http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/12948789.4_WEEKS_OF_HELL__Blackburn_doctors_diagnose_woman_with_cancer___only_to_find_it_was_inflamed_appendix_moments_before_surgery/

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£10m payout to Harrogate boy left disabled at birth

A young boy from Harrogate has been awarded almost £10m in a payout from the NHS after medical errors at his birth left him severely disabled.

Medical staff failed to spot that Kit vanBerckel, who was born 10 days overdue, was suffering distress before his birth in 2008.  Medical staff failed to spot that Kit van Berckel, who was born 10 days overdue, was suffering distress before his birth in 2008. The High Court heard that staff had failed to correctly interpret and act on a pathological CTG pre-birth heart scan. As a result of this Kit, who is now six years old, was born at Harrogate District Hospital, without a heartbeat and needed resuscitating. Soon after his birth he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, which means he can’t sit without help, can’t move on his own, is unable to feed himself and can’t speak.

The £9.872 million payment awarded to the family will provide lifelong care and rehabilitation for Kit. The youngster, who is a pupil at Richard Taylor School in Harrogate, needs to use eye gaze technology and other hi-tech systems to communicate with his classmates.

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http://www.harrogateadvertiser.co.uk/news/health/local-health/10m-payout-to-harrogate-boy-left-disabled-at-birth-1-7258846

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Kit van Berckel was left severely disabled after medical errors at his birth. 

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NHS tests and drugs ‘do more harm than good’ Senior doctors say

Senior doctors have warned that patients are given drugs and tests they may not need because GPs and hospitals are paid for the quantity of treatment

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges said patients should be encouraged to ask if their medical procedures were really necessary, in a bid to halt over-diagnosis and needless treatment of swathes of the population. In an unprecedented intervention,the medics – who represent all 21 medical royal colleges in the UK  – said too many patients were being forced to endure tests and treatments which could do more harm than good. They said the payments system in the NHS, which means hospitals are paid according to the number of procedures they perform, and GP pay linked to diagnosis and treatment, could act against patients’ interests. The senior doctors said it was time to “wind back the harms of too much medicine” and replace a culture of “more is better” with balanced decision making.

Patients should be encouraged to ask questions such as, ‘Do I really need this test or procedure? What are the risks? Are there simpler safer options? What happens if I do nothing,’ the doctors say.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/11601032/NHS-tests-and-drugs-do-more-harm-than-good.html

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Shhh, the secret is almost out. We are nearly there

Hello dear friends, just to let you know that the project I’m working on to help patients in organising their health issues and concerns will be shown within the next month. It’s been a very exciting time and I will be sharing it with you all very soon.  Joanna

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Nurses criticised at GP practices placed into ‘special measures’ By Nicola Merrifield, Nursing Times

A group of GP practices have been placed into special measures after inspectors raised concerns, including a lack of staff learning following safety incidents, failure by nurses to understand mental capacity legislation and outdated training on vaccinations.

As part of its inspections of general practice, the Care Quality Commission released reports on a further 61 GP services in England last week. The reports reveal that four – Constable Country Rural Medical Practice in Ipswich, New Inn Surgery in Guildford, Dr Alan Samuel Muir Grasse in north London and Polkyth Surgery in Cornwall – have been rated as “inadequate” and put into special measures, which means they must improve or risk losing their registration.

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Speak up on Essex elder abuse

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If you’re worried about whether an elderly person close to you may be suffering from the effects of being abused and you live in Essex, we have some important news for you: We’ve launched a new anonymous reporting phone line in Essex to crack down on elder abuse: 0800 032 7644.

We’ve joined forces with Essex Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Alston and the Safeguarding Adults Boards of Essex, Thurrock and Southend to trial the first ever anonymous reporting line for elder abuse.

The free 24/7 reporting line is specifically dedicated to the people of Essex, and aims to encourage members of the public to report any incident of suspected abuse of elderly people, whether it’s in a care home, hospital or the individual’s own home.

We’ve also launched a dedicated anonymous online form to help us fight elder abuse, and you can donate now to support us in our fight against this crime against older people.

Click on the Speak up on Essex elder abuse website

https://crimestoppers-uk.org/in-your-area/eastern/essex/speak-up-on-essex-elder-abuse/

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The NHS: What we weren’t told during the election

The NHS was one of the major topics of the election campaign. Politicians were falling over themselves to talk about it and promise more.

More money, more nurses and more doctors. And if that wasn’t enough, the Conservatives were pledging more opening: they plan to ensure the NHS becomes a seven-day service. But despite all this talk, there was also a lot that wasn’t mentioned too. The state of social care was perhaps one of the most obvious issues. Councils and those working with elderly people have long been arguing that the cuts to local government have meant that essential services, like help in the home, that keep people living independently, are being squeezed.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-32690757

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East Surrey Hospital nurse struck off for ‘bullying’ a bipolar patient

A NURSE has been struck off for “bullying” a “vulnerable” bipolar patient at East Surrey Hospital.

Mary Majella Kenny, who was a nurse on the acute medical unit at the Redhill hospital, has been removed from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register after being found guilty of common assault by beating. The decision was taken by the NMC’s Conduct and Competence Committee during a two-day hearing, split between days in January and March this year. According to a report of the hearing, Claire Paget, who represented the council at the first hearing, told the panel that on January 3, 2013, a patient, known as Patient X, was taken to use a commode by members of staff when she started to shout and flail her arms around. During the incident, a health care assistant was struck on the arm.

 Ms Paget then informed the panel that Ms Kenny arrived and “took over”. Ms Paget said two other nurses had described how Ms Kenny grabbed the patient by the upper arms and forced her to sit down on the commode. The report stated: “She [Ms Kenny] was described as shouting aggressively and saying words to the effect of, ‘If you hit me I will hit you back twice as hard’.”

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http://www.surreymirror.co.uk/East-Surrey-Hospital-nurse-struck-bullying/story-26449553-detail/story.html

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Bethany Henry: Family sell home after NHS bosses refuse to pay for medication to help ‘too rare’ sick daughter

Bethany Henry, 9,  is left screaming in agony every night from tumours growing on her liver and needs £30,000 for drugs
A family has been forced to sell their home to pay for treatment to help their daughter fight an aggressive tumour that leaves her screaming in agony every night.

Luke and Stephanie Henry revealed how they have taken the drastic step because medication that would help nine-year-old daughter Bethany is not currently funded by the NHS. The youngster suffers from a condition called tuberous sclerosis which causes tumours on her brain, kidneys and liver and leaves her suffering up to 50 epileptic fits a day. A drug, called everolimus, is licensed to reduce the tumours and stop more from growing but Bethany’s doctor is unable to give it to her as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) will not fund it because her condition is considered too rare.

In a cruel twist, the family is also unable to bid for “exceptional funding” for the drug because the condition is not rare enough as there are more than 30 patients in urgent need of it.

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http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/bethany-henry-family-sell-home-5676505

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Exclusive: New government must put election pledges aside and tackle GP crisis, warns GPC

The newly elected UK government must put ‘unrealistic’ election pledges on GP access aside and invest rapidly to support a profession on the verge of collapse, the GPC warned as Conservative leader David Cameron looked set to return to Downing Street for a second term.

With the Conservative government on track to win a shock majority after the 2015 general election, GPC chairman Dr Chaand Nagpaul warned that now was the time to ‘get real about the crisis facing general practice’. ‘We have an immediate crisis to address,’ he told GPonline, ‘and we need to put behind us the unrealistic populist election pledges, to address the issues and what is undeniably a crisis of workforce and workload.’ His comments come after the RCGP warned that the political parties’ election pledges on GP recruitment could take up to 30 years to deliver.

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http://www.gponline.com/exclusive-new-government-put-election-pledges-aside-tackle-gp-crisis-warns-gpc/article/1346379

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Dr Chaand Nagpaul: government must tackle GP crisis (Photo: Pete Hill)

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Family haunted by memory of mum being left to die on hospital trolley

THE family of cancer victim Lily Smith say they will never forgive the NHS after she spent 12 hours of the last day of her life on a hospital trolley.

The 83-year-old great grandmother’s final wish was to be allowed to die in peace at her Newstead home after she was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer last December. But an ambulance was called when she suddenly took a turn for the worse after contracting pneumonia. Lily then spent nine hours in a corridor at the Royal Stoke University Hospital’s A&E before spending a further three hours on a trolley at the Medical Assessment Unit.

She passed away just three hours after finally being placed on the Clinical Decision Unit on March 25. Now her devastated relatives have questioned why more was not done to make their dying mother’s last hours more comfortable. One of her four surviving children, Ian Smith, said he will always regret dialling 999 when his mother started to have difficulties breathing.

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http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/Family-haunted-memory-mum-left-die-hospital/story-26459356-detail/story.html

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NHS ‘like sick patient in early-stage terminal decline’, former boss says

The NHS is like a very sick patient who is in “early-stage terminal decline” because lack of money has left it unable to cope with the growing demand for care, the service’s former boss and leading doctors have warned.

Sir David Nicholson, who ran the NHS in England until last year, is among the signatories of a *letter to the Guardian that says the health service needs higher levels of investment than any of the three main political parties have pledged in the run-up to the election. Their dramatic intervention comes just hours before the end of an election campaign in which the future of the NHS, in particular how much money it should get to help it close the forecast £30bn gap in its finances, has been one of the key issues.

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http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/may/06/nhs-like-sick-patient-in-early-stage-terminal-decline-former-boss-says

*Click on the link to read the letter to the Guardian

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/may/06/our-nhs-early-stage-terminal-decline

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Cardiff University scientists in cancer breakthrough

Scientists working on stem cell research at Cardiff University believe they have made a potential breakthrough in combating cancer.

Researchers have identified a compound which targets aggressive tumour cells found in breast, pancreas, colon and prostate cancers. The discovery has now been licensed to biotech investors Tiziana Life Sciences. It is hoped the compound can eventually be developed for clinical trials. The research was conducted by Cardiff University’s European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute (ECSCRI) and the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Scientists revealed details of the compound – called OH14 – on Thursday morning when the deal with Tiziana was made public on the London Stock Exchange. Tiziana already has an established relationship working with Cardiff University. Italian investor Gabriele Cerrone named the company after his partner who died three years ago from breast cancer. News report from BBC News

Click here to read the Cardiff University Press Release in more detail

http://www.newswise.com/articles/new-anti-cancer-stem-cell-compound-in-development

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Robbie Powell died 25 years ago aged 10. Difficult to believe that this 4 part ‘Wales This Week’ documentary was aired 11 years ago and yet the NHS cover up continues 25 years after Robbie’s needles death

There was sufficient evidence to prosecute the killer/dishonest GPs in 2003 but Crown Prosecution Service said NO! The three reasons below were given for not prosecuting the GPs and their secretary:

1. Passage of time! [Not relevant in cases of child sex abuse and other crimes]

2. Police/CPS FAILURES! [More like Police/CPS corruption to protect the establishment employed police doctors]

3. Police IMMUNITY! [The Police does not have the gift of immunity and even if they had it is only given when the perpetrators assist in the prosecution of others and not as a favour for police employed doctors]

When will the 25 year cover up of Robbie’s death be investigated and the perpetrators of these heinous crimes IMPRISONED?

Will the Director of Public Prosecutions do the right thing this time? Will Powell

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Click on the link below to watch the 3 other parts of  “Wales This Week” documentary  http://strength-in-numbers.co.uk/r/

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What are the parties promising on health and social care?

As we approach the 2015 general election, the NHS is one of the most important issues facing Britain. The Kings Fund link below looks at some of the biggest questions in health and social care and sets out the policies and pledges made by the main parties in England.

  • Will the NHS get the money it needs?
  • Will it be easier to get a GP appointment?
  • Will health and social care become more joined up?
  • How will mental health care be improved?
  • Will the NHS face more reorganisation?
  • What are the parties going to do about public health?

In compiling the website The Kings Fund have taken information from the parties’ manifestos and drawn on recent policy announcements, as captured on the Election tracker.

Please click on the link 

http://election.kingsfund.org.uk/pledges/

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Eloise Parry: Interpol issues ‘killer toxic diet pills’ global warning after British woman’s death

A global warning about the dangers of ‘diet pills’ that claimed the life of a tragic British woman has been issued by Interpol.

The international police agency put out the alert to forces in 190 countries after the death of 21-year-old Shrewsbury woman Eloise Parry. The agency has raised the alarm over the toxic pesticide dinitrophenol which is also thought to have left a Frenchman critically ill. Miss Parry, 21, of Shrewsbury, Shropshire, died at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital last month after taking tablets she bought online. Police believe they included a quantity of the substance, known as DNP.

A study last year warned the drug, sometimes used as a weight-loss or bodybuilding aid, could be linked to five more deaths in the UK between 2007 and 2013 and could cause breathing difficulties, fast heart rates, fever, nausea and vomiting.

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http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/eloise-parry-interpol-issues-killer-5637644

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Women in the UK ‘more than twice as likely to die in pregnancy and childbirth as many European countries

Women in the UK are more than twice as likely to die in pregnancy and childbirth as those in Poland, Austria or Belarus, according to research.

Britain failed to rank in the top 20 places to be a mother for the third consecutive year, coming 24th globally. Experts said the poor rating was partially due to higher infant and mother mortality rates than in other parts of Europe. The UK was ranked 30th out of 179 countries on maternal health, with women facing a one in 6,900 lifetime risk of maternal death. This was far greater than Poland (19,800), Austria (19,200) and Belarus (45,200) as well as many other Eastern European countries. In the US, there is a one in 1,800 lifetime risk of maternal death – the worst performance of any developed country in the world.

High risk pregnancies in the UK are thought to be linked to obesity, IVF, social deprivation, multiple pregnancies as well as increased maternal age and poorer access to health care, especially in some ethnic minority communities and among asylum seekers.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/11581302/Women-in-the-UK-more-than-twice-as-likely-to-die-in-pregnancy-and-childbirth-as-many-European-countries.html

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EXCLUSIVE: £1m-an-hour NHS diabetes bill skyrockets as four million Britons affected

THE diabetes crisis gripping Britain is now so severe that it is costing the NHS £10billion a year.

“Truly alarming” figures released today show that one in six people in a hospital bed has the condition. Experts say millions of Britons are not getting the help they need to manage the illness which is eating up a tenth of the NHS budget and causing complications including blindness, amputations and strokes which are blamed for 20,000 premature deaths a year. Public health chiefs say the failure to tackle the epidemic has left the NHS facing bankruptcy. The figures, showing the condition costs the NHS more than £1million an hour, were released by Diabetes UK, along with a call for action from politicians days before the election.

The charity’s chief executive Barbara Young said: “None of the political parties have made enough of a commitment to improving the often poor quality of diabetes healthcare, which is really disappointing given one in 17 people in the UK has it. “One in every six hospital beds is occupied by someone with diabetes and the fact the NHS spends 10 per cent of its budget on diabetes means it is an issue that affects everyone.
“We need urgent action – this should be a top priority for whoever forms the next Government as if left unchecked diabetes poses a real threat to the future sustainability of our health service”

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http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/574749/Diabetes-bill-rockets-to-10-billion-a-year-four-million-Britons-suffer

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Living to 100: not all it’s cracked up to be, especially if we don’t rethink our approach to old age

It’s never easy broaching the subject of our own mortality, but I certainly wouldn’t want to live for a century, says Judith Woods

Hands up who wants to live to 100? Me neither. Don’t get me wrong, I fully intend to live forever, but a century just sounds such an effort.

In recent days we’ve been told by Austrian researchers that old age doesn’t officially begin until 74. We’ve also learned the “secret” to becoming a centenarian: no smoking, low cholesterol levels and coffee in moderation. And UK-based anti-ageing specialist Dr Alex Zhavoronkov has revealed his infallible plan to live to 150 by taking 100 drugs and supplements a day and avoiding stress. How great is that?

Not great at all, I’d say. The fact he views as “stress” the things most of us regard as the best bits of life – marriage, children, buying lovely shiny consumer durables – brings to mind the hoary old saw that he might not live a century and a half but time will drag so slowly it will certainly feel like it.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/11576382/Living-to-100-not-all-its-cracked-up-to-be-especially-if-we-dont-rethink-our-approach-to-old-age.html

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AFTER BREAST CANCER DIAGNOSIS” Please vote for Jo

Jo is a courageous woman who is in remission from breast cancer and in her own plight she helps so many with her fundraising and brilliant informative website AFTER BREAST CANCER DIAGNOSIS” 

Jo’s website provides information on Breast Cancer Reconstructions for making informed decisions, finding surgeons and consultants to perform specific reconstruction surgery. Finding specific cancer networks and hospitals. Providing diet and exercise tips and health website information. Providing you with news and information from the UK and around the world. Providing a source of photographs of true reconstructions from patients themselves as well as a forum where patients can meet other patients. Also features information on surgical procedures, new research developments, as well as documenting her own illness and treatment. http://www.abcdiagnosis.co.uk/

To help expand Jo’s website in helping to support other Breast Cancer sufferers,  please vote for Jo Taylor on the link below

http://www.virginmediabusiness.co.uk/pitch-to-rich/start-up/after-breast-cancer-diagnosis/

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Health staff told ‘don’t speak to press’ after regional daily exposé

Health bosses have warned potential whistleblowers not to speak to the local press after a regional daily revealed hundreds of patients’ lives were being put at risk by staff shortages.

The Sentinel, Stoke, reported last month that there had been more than 400 “alarming incidents” raised by district nurses to Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust in the past two years. The failings, listed in a confidential dossier which was leaked to the paper, included cases of overworked staff bursting into tears at the end of their shifts, speeding to get to their next job and cutting their visits short. The register, which was passed on by an anonymous source, also added patients were at risk of developing deadly pressure sores because the nurses were too busy to complete their rounds.

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http://www.holdthefrontpage.co.uk/2015/news/health-staff-warned-not-to-leak-to-daily-after-damning-dossier-splash/?

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Have you been treated on the NHS? Was your experience good or bad? The Mirror is working on a big feature about the NHS, to be published this weekend and they want to hear from you

Our public health system costs more than £100billion ayear, and is one of the world’s largest employers. Around 1.5million of us are affected by it every day, but recent years have seen huge changes in one of our proudest institutions.

We’re working on a big feature about the NHS, to be published this weekend, and need to find out what YOU think.

Have you been treated on the NHS or worked for the health service in the past five years? Was your experience good or bad? We want to know what you think is wrong with it, what is right with it, and what could be improved.

No complaint or praise is too small – email yourmirror@mirror.co.uk  or tweet us at @YourMirror

Or Let us know through the form on the link below

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/you-been-treated-nhs-your-5603585

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Barbara, the whole story. Created by nurses at Guy’s and St Thomas’ to raise awareness of dementia among staff

Please take 30 minutes to watch this wonderful video. Very sad and very emotional what can happen to us all, Joanna

Created by nurses at Guy’s and St Thomas’ to raise awareness of dementia among staff, Barbara’s Story is a series of 6 films which has changed attitudes to dementia in hospitals across the world.

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Frank Foster – Campaign for dignity in death – Please sign petition

Frank Fowler 1920 – 2014. Frank was diagnosed with brain cancer and was deaf and blind and was receiving treatment at Pembury, Tunbridge Wells. In his final days Frank suffered unbearable pain but was left to suffer throughout his painful last moments. His was not a dignified death and one that no ones loved ones should have to endure. Please support the campaign to have Dignity in Death debated in the Houses of Parliament.

Sign the petition and please share this video. Joanne Fowler is the daughter of Frank and is campaigning for Dignity in Death to be heard in Parliament.

The petition can be signed at http://fb.me/6uo9GARXZ

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An open plea to NHS England from a mother who was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia

THIS IS AN OPEN PLEA TO THE NHS

There was one option that could save me, a second bone marrow transplant. The team had had a lengthy discussion about it, and they were unanimous, I should have it. But, it wasn’t up to them. It was up to NHS England.

On your web site you describe yourself  as “transparent about the decisions we make, the way we operate and the impact we have.”

I have no idea of how you are forming your decision. I have no point of contact at NHS England. My doctors send emails and leave messages. As far as I’m aware, no one calls them back – and you certainly don’t phone me.

But, four or five times a day my phone does ring and it says, “Caller Unknown”. Every time I get that call, I think it is the call. My heart rips open in my chest and sometimes I sob simply at its ring.

Each day that passes is one that reminds me of all I will lose if the answer is no. I used to be a teacher. How desperately I would like to be one again. I’m a mother. I can’t even bear here to describe the sense of loss I feel every day when I look at my children and wonder where we will all be a year from now.

Call me. Please. I can’t take it.

Please click on the link to read Stacie Lewis’s Open letter to the NHS England and share

http://www.mamalewis.com/2015/04/28/an-open-plea-to-nhs-england/

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My daughter visiting me in the hospital during my first round of chemotherapy.

 

 

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First cervical cancer drug for 10 years: Trial shows Avastin gives women around four months of extra life

Women with advanced cervical cancer – the most common cancer afflicting young women – are to get the first officially approved new treatment for a decade. Trials show Avastin, which is used in several other cancers, gives women around four months’ extra life. The drug plus chemotherapy has now been licensed by European regulators. Patients will have access via the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) until it is considered for routine NHS use. It has been available in England via the CDF since last March pending licensing.

Each year an estimated 600 women with advanced cervical cancer could benefit from Avastin, costing £3,370 for a month’s treatment. The drug’s use was accelerated by the US Food and Drug Administration which approved Avastin plus chemotherapy for advanced cervical cancer in August 2014.Nearly 3,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in the UK each year, and it kills around 1,000 women.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3058372/First-cervical-cancer-drug-10-years-Trial-shows-Avastin-gives-women-four-months-extra-life.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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Wolverhampton hospital bosses launch investigation after woman given wrong breast cancer diagnosis

Hospital bosses have launched an investigation after a woman was told she had breast cancer and underwent surgery – only to be informed days later she never had the disease.

Officials were forced to issue the patient with an ‘unreserved’ apology over the mix-up. Elizabeth Dawes, a breast cancer nurse from Stafford, was told by staff at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton that she had grade 3 invasive breast cancer and needed surgery and chemotherapy. She underwent extensive surgery as a result of the diagnosis, but four days later the 39-year-old mother-of-one was told her medical notes had been mixed up with those of two other patients.

Ms Dawes called the mix-up ‘appalling’ and is taking legal action. She is still taking painkillers almost two years after the surgery and was so traumatised by it she gave up her job at New Cross. Bosses at the hospital have met with Ms Dawes to offer an ‘unreserved apology’.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2015/04/28/hospital-bosses-launch-investigation-after-stafford-woman-given-wrong-breast-cancer-diagnosis/?

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Elizabeth Dawes

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Diabetics’ amputation risks increased as NHS foot checks missed

More than 400,000 diabetics are at risk of having an amputation because they do not get what are meant to be annual NHS checks on their feet, campaigners are warning.

One in seven people with type 2 diabetes and almost three in 10 sufferers with type 1 are not receiving the recommended annual test of the health of their feet, claims Diabetes UK. An “unacceptable” number of diabetics are missing out on the checks, despite the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s (Nice) advice to the NHS that everyone with the condition should be tested each year, the charity says.

Click on the link to read

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/apr/27/diabetics-amputation-risks-nhs-foot-checks-missed-diabetes-uk

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UK’s newest hospital set to open later in Glasgow

The South Glasgow University Hospital is one of the biggest critical care complexes in Europe.

It has been nicknamed the “Death Star” by locals because of its imposing 14-storey star-shaped design, topped by a landing pad for aircraft. The hospital cost £842m but the medical equipment inside has brought the final total closer to £1bn. The project was funded by the Scottish government.

The hospital features interactive displays for children developed in collaboration with the city’s science museum, along with a cinema and roof garden in the children’s wing. Patients enter the main hospital through a dramatic atrium which stretches up the entire height of the building. There are self-service check-in machines, and nearly all of the 1,100 beds have their own room, with an en-suite bathroom and views out over the city. A fleet of robots deliver linen and other goods via a network of underground tunnels. The hospital replaces four ageing hospitals across Glasgow, some of which date back to Victorian times.

Click on the link to read

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-32450836

 

 

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The illness so rare it has no name. Eight-year-old Dominic Blower is one of 6,000 children born every year with an undiagnosed genetic condition, classified as SWAN

Dominic Blower has inquisitive brown eyes, an unruly mop of dark curls and a mega-watt smile. Watching him as he scolds his puppy for chasing the family’s chickens around their St Albans garden, it is heartbreaking to hear that by the age of five he had already spent more than half of his short life in hospital.

He had endured several major operations. Muscle biopsies had left long snaking scars on his legs. Severe bouts of pneumonia had left his lungs as fragile as tissue paper. During one episode, he developed acute respiratory distress syndrome – which stiffens the lungs, preventing them from working. He spent three days on a ventilator, and his mother, Renata, was told to prepare for the worst. ‘‘I had to call in my other children – Elliot, then six, and Lilia, four – so they could say goodbye,’’ says Renata, 39, a former NHS liaison officer. ‘‘How on earth do you explain that to a small child?’’  Her partner Roger Clifton, a company secretary, 50, recalls her ‘‘screaming’’ when she was told Dominic’s chances of surviving were very slim. What is the affliction that has blighted eight-year-old Dominic’s life and the lives of his parents and siblings? We simply don’t know.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/11563193/The-illness-so-rare-it-has-no-name.html

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Renata Blower with her three children – Eliot, 12, Dominic 8 and Lilia 10 . Dominic has SWAN – an undiagnosed children’s syndrome. For more information, visit SWAN UK

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The moment Miliband met his match in an ordinary member of the public whose mother suffered agonising hospital death under LABOUR

A woman whose mother died in a hospital under Labour has told Ed Miliband that she find it ‘physically repulsive’ when he claims to lead the party of the NHS.

During a live radio phone-in, the woman challenged the Labour leader over the ‘totally avoidable’ and ‘horrific’ death. The woman, who was identified as Claire from Manchester, said that there was a ‘total denial’ from the party about what went wrong in her mother’s case. She said that her local Labour candidate had put the phone down on her when she rang him to speak about the treatment her mother received. The exchange is one of the first unscripted moments of the election campaign, which has been tightly-controlled and stage-managed with the party leaders meeting very few regular voters. As the Labour leader took part in a half-hour phone in on LBC radio, he was tackled by the woman on the party’s record on the NHS while in power.

She asked him: ‘My mother died in an NHS hospital under Labour’s watch, how can Labour claim to be a party of the NHS?’ Mr Miliband responded: ‘First of all Claire I’m incredibly sorry to hear what happened to your mum and when anything goes wrong in our NHS I think it needs to be properly investigated and properly dealt with. ‘I know that won’t bring your mum back, but I’m incredibly sorry for what happened. ‘I think the NHS is a fantastic institution, I think overall we’ve made progress in our NHS, but obviously that can never excuse any case that goes wrong.’  But the woman added: ‘I think it was systemic, I don’t think it was one or any case. There was inaccuracy, denial, lack of transparency, that’s my personal experience watching her die in agony. ‘That’s irrespective of all the other scandals that have come out, like the Staffs Hospital. ‘I actually find it physically repulsive when I get documentation coming through my front door about Labour being the party of the NHS.

Click on the link to read and listen to part of the radio broadcast on LBC

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3054385/I-physically-repulsive-claim-party-NHS-Furious-woman-mother-suffered-agonising-death-Labour-rips-Miliband.html

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Thousands of lives at risk as hospitals ignore simple tests for blood poisoning

  •  Experts have warned hospitals not using standard treatment for sepsis  
  • Blood poisoning affects more than 100,000 Britons a year and kills 37,000
  • 10% of patients at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary ward given correct treatment 
  •  Sepsis Six involves blood tests to check for infection and monitoring urine

Patients’ lives are at risk from blood poisoning because hospitals are not implementing a standard treatment that can double their chances of survival, experts have warned. Sepsis, previously known as septicaemia, affects more than 100,000 Britons a year and kills 37,000 – more than breast, bowel and prostate cancer combined. Now a snapshot NHS study reveals that on one surgical ward at a leading teaching hospital, 90 per cent of patients failed to get the correct treatment, involving a simple set of lifesaving measures known as Sepsis Six.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3055237/Thousands-lives-risk-hospitals-ignore-simple-tests-blood-poisoning.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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Mother-of-two Anna Tilley survived after spending four days in intensive care with blood poisoning, pictured with her son Harry 

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“Our baby was a hero” – parents speak one year on from their baby´s death

For Jess Evans and Mike Houlston from Cardiff, the birth of twin boys Teddy and Noah on 22 April 2014 was one of both heartbreak and hope. Teddy was born with a rare yet fatal condition – anencephaly – but his parents were determined his short life would not be in vain. Once the diagnosis was confirmed during pregnancy, the parents discussed and wanted, if possible, for his organs to be donated. The family managed to spend precious time with him before he passed away and Teddy became the youngest organ donor in the UK. In the last 10 years, 39 babies younger than 2 years old have become organ donors helping to save the lives of strangers.

As his twin Noah celebrates his first birthday the family are using the anniversary to mark the occasion when his brother Teddy became a hero. His kidneys were transplanted to help save the life of another person.

Click on the link to read more

http://organdonation.nhs.uk/TeddysStory/index.asp

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Sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register and tell your relatives that you want to donate. Visit the Registration form or call 0300 123 23 23.

Filed under: Self Help, Uncategorized,

To run the NHS better, we must remember the people at its heart

The National Health Service continues to be the top issue for voters in the build up to the UK general election. With a black hole in its funding to fill debate over privatisation, centralisation of power, and how it should be run, the NHS is also becoming the key battle ground for politicians hoping to be elected.

In the debate over which party will be responsible for the UK’s public services, and especially the NHS, there seems to be a growing stranglehold of two unhelpful business ideas: “financialisation” and “managerialism”. Both of these approaches dehumanise and objectify staff. It’s a worrying and unhelpful way to talk about the people in the UK’s largest work organisation.

Click on the link to read more

http://theconversation.com/to-run-the-nhs-better-we-must-remember-the-people-at-its-heart-40709?

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No prosecution over death of nine-day-old baby Joshua at maternity unit where midwives failure’ to spot infection sparked inquiry into 18 other baby deaths

Police have confirmed that a prosecution will not take place over the death of a nine-day-old baby which sparked an inquiry into care at a maternity unit where 18 other infants died.

Joshua Titcombe, from Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria, was born at Furness General Hospital in2008, but died days later after midwives repeatedly missed chances to spot and treat a serious infection.  His father James had argued for the inquest in 2011 after refusing to accept the initial explanations given for Joshua’s death and filing an official complaint about his treatment. It was uncovered that the infant’s observation chart had gone missing and was never found, while a coroner accused midwives of ‘colluding’ over mistakes made.

A police investigation into Joshua’s death was launched in March 2011 and later widened to include the deaths of 18 other babies and two mothers at the hospital.  But in 2012 detectives said no action would be taken in relation to the deaths, apart from Joshua’s case, which had been passed to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for its consideration. They also investigated 14 births which involved complications, but also recommended no action be taken in relation to them.

Today, (24th April 2015) Cumbria Constabulary announced the HSE had notified them that it would not be carrying out any further investigations and its four-year-long investigation into the cases of 35 people who suffered within the hospital maternity unit between 2004 and 2013 has now been closed. 

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3053590/No-prosecution-death-nine-day-old-baby-Joshua-maternity-unit-midwives-failure-spot-infection-sparked-inquiry-18-baby-deaths.html

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Tragic: Joshua Titcombe was born at Furness General Hospital in November 2008 but died nine days later

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102 year old Dancer Sees Herself on Film for the First Time. “It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.”

I just had to post this film. It shows Alice Barker 102 years in her youth.

 This is why it’s so important to look beyond the aging years and know that in the minds of our elders they had a life, they are still young, just trapped in an aging body. Joanna 

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David Shuff owns a therapy dog, which is how he met Alice Barker, age 102. Barker had been a well-known and successful dancer in the her day, and performed with some of the biggest names of stage and screen. I guess, however, she was just one of those people who didn’t like to see herself on screen. I can sympathize (because unlike Barker, I’m painful to watch). In the intervening decades, the physical recordings and other memorabilia of her time on stage was lost, including the films.

In addition to owning a therapy dog, David Shuff works with Mark Cantor for Jazz on Film, and together they tracked down footage of Barker. This is the first time she’s ever seen it. Shuff also noted that although he wishes so much of the video wasn’t him talking, it took a while to get Barker warmed up and talking about her memories, particularly when she wanted to just watch.

Alice Barker was a chorus line dancer during the Harlem Renaissance of the 1930s and 40s. She danced at clubs such as The Apollo, Cotton Club, and Zanzibar Club, with legends including Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson.

Please click on the link to watch Alice Barker dancing, she was beautiful and still is.

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Two doctors face manslaughter charges as woman died after emergency caesarean. An international arrest warrant has been issued for Dr Azeez

Frances Cappuccini, 30, died just a few hours after her son was delivered at Pembury Hospital in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

Anaesthetists Dr Nadeem Azeez, 52, from Tunbridge Wells, and Dr Errol Cornish, 67, from Bromley, Kent, have been charged with gross negligence manslaughter in connection with her death.

An international arrest warrant has been issued for Dr Azeez, who is thought to have left the UK and returned to Pakistan.

The Crown Prosecution Service has also authorised a corporate manslaughter charge to be brought against Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/571987/Two-doctors-manslaughter-woman-died-emergency-caesarean

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Frances Cappuccini died within hours of giving birth

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How is the NHS performing? NHS providers in England overspent their budgets in 2014/15 by more than £800 million

As the NHS begins a new financial year and we move from one parliament to another, it is clear from the performance on key headline targets and standards and from our latest survey of finance directors that the NHS will face huge challenges this year.

It now seems certain that hospitals and other NHS providers in England overspent their budgets in 2014/15 by more than £800 million. This is despite nearly £900 million being provided by the Treasury or switched from capital budgets to plug the growing black hole in NHS finances. According to the regular survey undertaken for the report, almost 60 per cent of trust finance directors said that they were dependent on additional financial support or had drawn down their reserves in 2014/15.

The financial outlook for 2015/16 is even gloomier, with two-thirds of hospitals concerned about staying within budget over the next year. Although commissioners are more optimistic, 40 per cent of finance leads from clinical commissioning groups are also concerned about whether they will be able to balance the books in 2015/16.

Click on the link to view report

http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/articles/how-nhs-performing-april-2015

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Being ignored, neglected and forgotten. A powerful video from Age UK

This video really brings out the message, one day we will all be that much older but still the same person that took our first breath in life. This video should be compulsory for all nurses, doctors, and carers who work caring for the elderly to remember. Joanna

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See the contrast between the life Charles has now to the one he has lived. He’s being ignored, neglected and forgotten. Human rights give people the power to challenge poor care, and they apply to all of us, whatever our age.

Please share this film because people need to talk about human rights for older people.

Please click on the link to watch this powerful video

https://www.facebook.com/ageuk/videos/1004159362941871/

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Beating Bowel Cancer

Stephen Browne was 45 when he was diagnosed with bowel cancer – it was his wife that persuaded him to go to his doctor when he noticed symptoms.

Beating Bowel Cancer – Call our helpline on 020 8973 0011

https://www.beatingbowelcancer.org/

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Warning over late bowel cancer diagnosis in the Midlands. ITV report

New figures by charity Beating Bowel Cancer show many bowel cancer patients in the East Midlands are still diagnosed too late, costing the NHS millions.

Nottingham NHS Clinical Commissioning Group comes out as one of the five worst performing for early diagnosis as does East Leicestershire and Rutland. There is currently a huge variation within the NHS across England in terms of early diagnosis of bowel cancer – the UK’s second biggest cancer killer – with the best performing Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) diagnosing 63% of patients early, compared with only 30% in the worst. The figures show that if every NHS region in England performed as well as the best at diagnosing bowel cancer early (stages 1 and 2), 3,200 lives could be saved and £34 million could be diverted to other bowel cancer services and treatments.

Those diagnosed with stage 1 bowel cancer have a 97% chance of survival, compared to just 7% when the cancer is more advanced. However, not only does early diagnosis provide patients with a much better chance of survival, it also costs the NHS far less. This is due to the fact that treatment for the earlier stages of cancer is often less intensive and invasive than treatment for more advanced disease.

If every patient with bowel cancer was diagnosed early (at stage 1 or 2) the NHS could avert treatment costs of over £103 million.

“It’s unacceptable that there are CCGs in England that diagnose less than 1 in 3 patients at an early stage.

If they all performed as well as the best, thousands of lives could be saved and millions of pounds could be freed up to be used for other bowel cancer treatments, which patients are frequently told are unaffordable.”

– CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF BEATING BOWEL CANCER, MARK FLANNAGAN
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Late diagnosis for bowel cancer could be costing the NHS £103 million every year,Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA

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How to save the NHS – by the people who work for it. By Homa Khaleeli, paramedic for the NHS

Paramedic: ‘Binge drinkers should get a bill of £60 to £80 when they are discharged from hospital’

I have been a paramedic for the NHS for 13 years. We are under a lot of pressure; an ambulance crew in my service is often sent out on 10-14 calls a day. Some calls can take an hour, to an hour and a half – and we work 12-hour shifts. The majority of the time we have to work overtime, anything from 20 minutes to several hours.

We rarely get breaks; you may try to snatch lunch, get a coffee and a rest in the 14 minutes between passing a patient on to the hospital and leaving. Some of my colleagues are on new rotas – working nights getting hardly any rest, and then being put on early shifts. In my opinion, two sets of people are being killed here – ambulance personnel, slowly and surely before we retire; and patients dying because we are on unnecessary call-outs when they need us. Paramedics and ambulance personnel are leaving their jobs in droves. Private ambulances are now attending emergency calls.

NHS 111 is partly to blame – especially the privately owned parts. All they care about is not being sued so they send ambulances out for everything. If someone has had a cough for three days, so has chest pains from that, they will call us out. Some even tell patients they might be having a heart attack! It’s disgusting.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/apr/20/how-to-save-nhs-election-labour-conservative-billions

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Homa Khaleeli, paramedic for the NHS

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Greed of the NHS fat cats: How bosses got £35MILLION in pay rises last year, enjoying champagne parties, exotic holidays and shopping trips to Harrods as hospitals battled to make ends meet

Hospital bosses are today accused of ‘shamelessly milking the NHS’ by taking £35million in pay rises during the worst funding crisis in a generation.

Some executives earned more than £1million last year and even at hospitals with the worst standards of care directors enjoyed pay packages worth up to £5,000 a day. The figures can be revealed after the Daily Mail carried out the most comprehensive audit ever of trust accounts and the exploitation of the NHS pension scheme by senior executives.  The extraordinary results are ‘on the scale of the MPs’ expenses scandal’, says one influential Government adviser. The Mail will this week lay bare the staggering ways in which bosses are milking the NHS for £210million a year despite its worsening financial crisis. We will reveal how:

  • Nearly 1,000 NHS bosses earn £100,000 or more a year when their pension contributions are taken into account.
  • Despite the funding crisis, the number of bosses with pay packages worth more than the Prime Minister rose by 30 per cent last year to nearly 600.
  • Nearly 50 hospital bosses pocketed more than £400,000 last year.
  • Some sat on the very committees that handed them huge pay rises.
  • Some health chiefs are using a common tax avoidance tactic by channelling their huge salaries through their own companies.
  • Others are being rewarded for abject failure with new jobs in the NHS and getting bumper paydays after silencing whistleblowers.
  • Chief nurses are taking home up to £700,000 a year – while their £26,000-a-year staff face cuts and frozen pay.
  • One temporary executive was paid £25,000 for two months work but spent much of this time in a villa in Spain and a spa resort in California.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3046054/Greed-NHS-fat-cats-Hospital-chiefs-got-35m-pay-rises-year-bosses-raked-400-000-Tory-Labour-demand-inquiry-Mail-revelations.html

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Terminally ill woman accuses NHS of robbing her daughters of their mum by refusing to pay for medicine

A terminally ill woman has accused the NHS of robbing her two daughters of their mum by refusing to pay for life-saving treatment. Jemma, 31, suffers from a rare stomach cancer known as Wild Type Gastrointestinal and is currently taking three life-prolonging drugs. However, NHS England stopped dishing out the final drug in the sequence last month. Jemma said: “The final drug is the most effective and it is heart-breaking they have removed it from the treatment list. “The cancer that I have is extremely rare and the research into it is limited so it angers me that they are removing a drug that has been proven to work. “I am lucky that I have managed to spend 14 months on the first drug, Imatinib, in the series but I know that it will soon have no effect on my body.  “The second drug, Sutan, is not very effective and I know that when I have to be put on it I will have minimal time left. “You can buy Regorafenib [the third drug needed] privately but that costs £3,700 a month and I don’t have that kind of money.

“Family members have offered to sell their houses and belongings to pay for my treatment but I can’t accept that. “I cannot ask my family to put their lives on hold when I might only get another year of life.”

Click on the link to read more

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/terminally-ill-woman-accuses-nhs-5551577

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Urgent: Jemma Peacock needs life-saving drugs for her rare form of cancer but the NHS have withdrew them

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NHS executives ‘earn £35 million in pay rises’ despite funding crisis

Some hospital bosses took home more than £1 million pounds last year, while others were accused of exploiting loopholes to maximise their pay packets

NHS executives earned more than £35 million in pay rises during the worst funding crisis for the health service in a generation, it has emerged. Some hospital bosses took home more than £1 million last year, while others were accused of exploiting loopholes to maximise their pay packets. Analysis of trust accounts by the Daily Mail revealed that the number of executives paid more than the Prime Minister rose by 30 per cent last year to nearly 600.

Nearly 50 hospital bosses pocketed more than £400,000 last year despite standards of care slipping, the figures showed.

Some were found to have played the system by ‘retiring’ for a day, then returning to their posts full-time, allowing them to claim a huge pension lump sum early. Others were reported to have avoided tax on their earnings by channelling their salaries through private companies.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/11548862/NHS-executives-earn-35-million-in-pay-rises-despite-funding-crisis.html

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Nurses call for post-reg specialist qualification in care of older people. By Nicola Merrifield, Nursing Times

“Neglected” care home nurses are failing to receive adequate preparation for the role and are unable to access the same career development opportunities as NHS nurses, according to a survey.

Around 70% of survey respondents said undergraduate pre-registration nurse education did not prepare the future workforce with the skills, knowledge, competencies and experience to deliver high quality care to older residents. This was despite the vast majority, 87%, of respondents – which included nurses, managers and community registrants working in care homes – reporting that a particular set of specialist competencies were required to do the job.

A post-registration specialist qualification for care of older people – including care home nursing – was suggested by many people taking part in the research project, which was carried out by academics at the University of York and funded by the Royal College of Nursing Foundation. Such a qualification would ensure the nursing care home workforce was “fit for purpose” and able to meet the increasingly complex care needs of residents, said the report on the study – called Supporting Nursing in Care Homes.

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Nurses call for post reg specialist qualification in care of older people

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NHS in war on staff drug use

DOZENS of stressed out NHS workers have been suspended, disciplined or sacked for alcohol and drugs abuse in Scotland.

Around 80 medical staff were temporarily banned from their duties because of substance abuse, with a further 54 facing additional disciplinary action. Up to 20 lost their jobs because of drink and drugs issues while some 50 were offered treatment to overcome their addiction. But it is thought the figures, obtained under Freedom of Information legislation and excluding Tayside and Grampian health boards, represent only the tip of the iceberg.

UK wide, around 100 cases involving substance abuse end up in front of the regulatory body, the General Medical Council (GMC), every year. A support organisation for dentists and doctors struggling with drugs and alcohol admitted it was a huge issue which was simply not being discussed.

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http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/571443/NHS-war-staff-drug-use

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Can the NHS attract more GPs? By Siobhan Chan, GP online

With recent figures showing that more than one in five GPs in the UK has been trained abroad, it is clear that overseas-trained GPs are sorely needed in the NHS. The Induction and Refresher (I&R) Scheme, launched by Health Education England, NHS England, the BMA and the RCGP this month, aims to make it easier for overseas GPs to practise in the UK, to encourage UK-trained GPs back from abroad, and to bring back GPs from career breaks. It offers a £2,300-a-month bursary for GPs going through an induction and assessment programme. But doctors applying to work in the UK say that while the I&R scheme is an improvement on previous ‘haphazard’ local initiatives, it still needs major changes.

As part of the scheme, GPs have to take a multiple choice clinical knowledge test (MCQ), and are assigned a supervised placement for two weeks to six months based on their performance, before they can be put on the performers list. But with some GPs reporting long waits, repeated checks and bureaucracy, and warning that overseas colleagues have been deterred from practising in the UK, will the I&R scheme boost GP numbers?

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http://www.gponline.com/nhs-attract-gps/article/1343021

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Vacancies: Can the I&R scheme boost GP recruitment?

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Doctor on call for major disasters needed in struggling A&E department

A DOCTOR on call for major disasters was sent to a crisis-hit hospital emergency department after severe bed shortages led to patients being treated in corridors.

The Worcestershire Royal Hospital’s A&E department was under so much pressure West Midlands Ambulance Service had to send in its medical incident officer to help beleaguered staff after months of problems. Unions said it was “totally unacceptable”, adding that its members were “furious”. The Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, apologised but said the circumstances were “less than ideal”. Pressure on beds had been “a constant issue” for more than a year. It simply could not discharge patients quickly enough, resulting in a backlog.

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http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/571270/The-Worcestershire-Royal-Hospital-doctor-disasters-A-E

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A medical incident officer has to help beleaguered staff after months of problems

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Need your help. Has anyone lost parents to nursing home or hospital on LCP?

Has anyone lost parents to nursing home or hospital on LCP? please email joannaslater2@gmail.com in confidence Thank you

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Filed under: Care Homes, Elderly, Hospital, Uncategorized,

Care home shamed into improving food after son posts pictures of ‘disgusting’ meals on Facebook

A man shamed a care home into serving better meals by showing thousands of people his pictures of “disgusting” food given to his 81-year-old mother.

Steve Ashton, 40, put a photo of the corned beef and jacket potato given to his mother Joan on Facebook and it was shared more than 129,000 times. He posted the photograph after the sheltered home refused to admit there was a problem with the quality of food served to residents. Care chiefs have since apologised for meals described as “worse than dog food”. They have now agreed to bring in changes to the food, which costs care residents £42 a week even if they are on holiday and not receiving meals. Mr Ashton said: “I am disgusted with the low-quality food that this facility is being allowed to serve. Don’t the elderly people in this place deserve to have good food that is catered for all? “It is my mission to get the food at this place changed and to get them serving high quality food and meets the needs of all its residents.”

He began his campaign after being told daily by his mother that she did not want to eat the food. His mother moved into Aneurin Bevan Court in Newport, South Wales, eight months ago and had been complaining almost daily about the quality of the food.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/11545391/Care-home-shamed-into-improving-food-after-son-posts-pictures-of-disgusting-meals-on-Facebook.html

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One of the meals on offer at the care home

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Why 60 is the new middle age: Our longer, healthier lives means we aren’t classed as elderly until at least 70

Retirement may be beckoning and your knees may be creaking. But if you are 60, you are merely middle-aged. Scientists say that as we live longer, we need to rethink what we classify as being old. They say that rather saying old age starts at a fixed age such as 60 or 65, we must factor in how much longer we have to live. They suggest that we don’t think of ourselves as being old until we are within 10 to 15 years of the average life expectancy for our countrymen and women.

The average life expectancy for women in the UK is 82.8 years, meaning British females needn’t consider themselves old until they are 72 or 73. Similarly, with male life expectancy at 79 years, men don’t become old until they are close to 70.  And if old age starts later, by definition, middle-age does too.

Click on the link to read more  (Now that’s good news)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3040338/Why-60-new-middle-age-longer-healthier-lives-means-aren-t-classed-elderly-70.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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NHS stress: a third of GPs plan to retire in next five years

A third of GP’s in the UK plan to retire in the next five years because of high stress levels, unmanageable workloads and too little time with patients, in a move that would exacerbate the existing difficulty of getting an appointment.

A poll of 15,560 GPs by the British Medical Association (BMA) has found that 34% intend to stop working by 2020, with many others going part-time, moving abroad or even abandoning medicine altogether. The findings thrust the issue of GP numbers into the election spotlight as the BMA accused the political parties of making “absurd” promises to tackle what it called a “crisis” and of ignoring the reasons why NHS general practice is facing a worsening shortage of medics.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chair of the BMA’s GPs committee, said: “It is clear that incredible pressures on GP services are at the heart of this problem, with escalating demand having far outstripped capacity. “GPs are overworked and intensely frustrated that they do not have enough time to spend with their patients, especially the increasing numbers of older people with multiple and complex problems who need specialised care.”

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http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/apr/15/nhs-stress-third-gps-plan-retire-five-years

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Our account of the appalling lack of duty of care and the terrible death of our mother on unauthorised LCP, who died on 14 June 2013. By sisters Rosalind Brewer and Marilyn Ealy

All your stories, Strength in Numbers. Please read this in-depth shocking account written to the hospital complaining of the course of events which led to Rosalind Brewer and Marilyn Ealy’s mother’s death.

Dear Sir/Madam

We’re writing to you to make a complaint about the lack of care, attention, compassion, and appalling communications received from the staff at Frimley Park Hospital to both our Mother and ourselves, and the circumstances that led to our Mother’s recent death.

Before our Mother Mrs Gerda Ealy (who was 88) was admitted into Frimley Park Hospital, and before the media announced the abuse of the Liverpool Care Pathway, we already feared the outcome of our Mother’s admission into hospital. We also expressed our concerns to the ambulance drivers and staff at A&E.

Our Mother was not terminally ill, but was elderly and as a result of this we feel it underlines the fact that she was targeted by putting her on LCP in order to hasten her death.

Please continue to read by clicking on the PDF below. It will surely shock you. The family want justice.

OUR ACCOUNT – COMPLAINT OF THE LACK OF CARE OF OUR MOTHER WITHOUT NAME

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Midlands hospitals pay out £45 million in just 12 months for clinical negligence

CASH-strapped hospitals in the West Midlands spent £45 million in just one year on clinical negligence claims.

The Heart of England NHS Trust, which runs Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull hospitals had the biggest bill in the region – £13.9 million for 2013-14. The Trust also paid more for lawyers than any other group in England – coughing up £1.5 million in legal fees. Payouts include patients of surgeon Ian Paterson, who carried unlicensed and unnecessary operations on hundreds of women at Solihull Hospital.

Click on link to read more, and the full list of total costs for the region:

http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/midlands-hospitals-pay-out-45-9032811?

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Now a breath test to stop stomach cancer: Screening spots chemical signals that are linked to development of tumours

Tests spot chemical signals in exhaled air linked to tumour development. About 7,000 people develop stomach cancer in the UK each year

A simple breath test that could help detect the early stages of stomach cancer has been developed by scientists. The screening system spots chemical signals in exhaled air that are linked to tumour development. By looking for distinctive ‘breath prints’, researchers were also able to distinguish between patients at high and low risk of developing the disease.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3037837/Now-breath-test-stop-stomach-cancer-Screening-spots-chemical-signals-linked-development-tumours.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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Breathe: The tscreening system spots chemical signals in exhaled air that are linked to tumour development

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NHS pays £13 million after botched births left siblings with cerebral palsy

After a two-decade legal fight the health service has finally agreed to pay compensation to a family left devastated by medical negligency

A mother has won a £13 million legal battle against the NHS after hospital blunders 17 months apart left two of her children with cerebral palsy. Paula McKay was left devastated in 1991 when daughter Natasha was born severely disabled after she was starved of oxygen during her birth at the former Sharoe Green Hospital in Preston in Lancashire. But just 17 months later her son Patrick suffered a similar botched delivery which left him needing constant care. It was months before doctors admitted there was a problem, telling his mother he was simply a ‘lazy little boy.’

Now after a legal fight lasting more than two decades Mrs McKay’s has been awarded a multi-million pay-out on behalf of her children. She is believed to be the first person to be the victim of two such catastrophic errors, made by the same hospital maternity team.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/11533356/NHS-pays-13-million-after-botched-births-left-siblings-with-cerebral-palsy.html

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Paula McKay and her children Natasha and Patrick Jackson

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A Doctor’s Manifesto for the NHS – An Open Letter by Dr Zoe Norris GP – Posted in The Huffington Post

Dear Mr Hunt, Mr Burnham, Mr Lamb, Ms Bours, Dr Creasy, Ms Robison, and Ms Jones,

I have watched with interest over the last few days as your policies and promises regarding the NHS have been publicised. On reflection, I think perhaps you need a few pointers. I am a doctor; I am a GP working in the service that sees 90% of patients the NHS deals with every day. I hope you won’t take offence at this letter, but your health policies, well, they are dreadful. I’m sure there are teachers up and down the country who feel your education policies are the same. Service personnel who feel similarly about your defence policies and so on. All I know is I am doing the job you are all purporting to improve, save, fund – whatever. And you are all wrong. My disclaimer is this – I am genuinely an undecided voter. Largely because I can’t believe a word of what most of you say about the NHS, but if a party did admit that the NHS is a bottomless pit of money, and that they would truly engage with doctors, nurses, and the many other NHS staff to try and improve it and its use, instead of constantly encouraging the privatisation and consumerism of our most basic public service, you would have my vote in a heartbeat.

Allow me to briefly critique your current manifestos. I haven’t separated them by party because let’s be honest, they’re much the same.

Click on the link below to read more

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/dr-zoe-norris/nhs-general-election-2015_b_7047060.html

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Dr Zoe Norris

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Coroner condemns hospital over death of newborn twin who died an hour after birth from brain damage after a doctor’s errors

Doctors at a scandal-hit hospital covered up a series of horrendous mistakes that led to the death of a twin baby boy, a coroner has ruled.

Thor Dalhaug died an hour after birth following a difficult delivery during which he suffered fatal brain damage due to a doctor’s errors, ruled Stuart Fisher, senior coroner for Central Lincolnshire. In a damning report, he said an unsupervised junior surgeon tried to deliver the baby using forceps in an ‘unorthodox and unacceptable’ way. The coroner also concluded that senior managers at Lincoln County Hospital had tried to remove the fact that forceps had been used from an account of the birth.

The report will come as a blow to the hospital, which has just been taken out of ‘special measures’. United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust was put on a turnaround regime almost two years ago because of concerns over high death rates.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3035331/Coroner-condemns-Lincoln-County-Hospital-death-newborn-twin-died-hour-birth-brain-damage-doctor-s-errors.html

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Doctors at the Lincoln County Hospital covered up a series of horrendous mistakes that led to the death of a twin baby boy (pictured above with his mother Michelle), a coroner has ruled

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Mother suing Watford General claiming medical negligence led to son, 10, heart attack and brain damage

A mother is suing Watford General Hospital claiming medical negligence led to her ten-year-old son suffering a heart attack and being left with severe brain damage.

Elijah Aldea, now aged 11, remains in a quadriplegic state after he was without a heartbeat for 45 minutes at Watford General following the cardiac arrest in April last year. Elijah, a former pupil of Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, was born with a cleft lip and palate and two holes in his heart and had been a long-standing patient at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in London. Days before his heart attack he had an operation at GOSH. Follow up tests showed he was anaemic and he was admitted to Watford General. Mum Gabrielle Ali, 30, thought he would just be given iron tablets, but under the instruction of GOSH, doctors decided Elijah needed a blood transfusion and to be given anti-clotting drug heparin.

Gabrielle, a biochemist employed by the NHS trust in charge of Watford General for eight years, begged doctors not to give the heparin after she had talked to Elijah’s registrar of five years, but eventually agreed when staff at Great Ormond Street threatened to report her for child neglect.  She said she even considered sneaking her son out of the hospital, but there was no way of getting past the nurses’ station unseen. As the drug was administered, Elijah’s heart stopped. Gabrielle said: “I know my son, these doctors didn’t.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/news/12881267.Mother_suing_Watford_General_claiming_medical_negligence_led_to_son__10__heart_attack_and_brain_damage/

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Gabrielle Ali and son Elijah Aldea about two years ago.

 

 

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Dogs can sniff out prostate cancer in men 98% of the time

Tests showed that a man’s best friend can detect the deadly disease in 98 per cent of cases after smelling their urine.  Experts have hailed the findings as “spectacular” and called for more support for the “tested, time-old technology.” Dr Claire Guest, co-founder of the Buckinghamshire charity Medical Detection Dogs, said research had found a 93 per cent reliability rate when detecting bladder and prostate cancer.  She said: “These results are spectacular. They offer us further proof that dogs have the ability to detect human cancer. “It is particularly exciting that we have such a high success rate in the detection of prostate cancer, for which the existing tests are woefully inadequate.”

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK, with more than 40,000 cases diagnosed every year.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/569831/Dogs-sniff-out-prostate-cancer

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Shock figures reveal ‘unacceptable’ number of children being treated on adult mental health wards

Figures obtained by the M.E.N. show at least 67 boys and girls aged 16 and 17 have been placed in adult beds since April 2011.

Dozens of vulnerable children are being placed on adult mental health wards in Greater Manchester due to a shortage of beds. Figures obtained by the M.E.N. show that at least 67 boys and girls aged 16 and 17 have been placed in adult beds since April 2011. The figures, obtained under freedom of information laws, show the number of cases are increasing. Britain’s leading children’s mental health charity has called for urgent action to end the practice.

National guidelines say it is not appropriate to place vulnerable children on adult wards. The news comes after the M.E.N. revealed how hundreds of acutely-ill adult patients are being sent to private clinics up to 260 miles from Manchester due to a bed shortage. Lucie Russell, director of campaigns and media at children’s mental health charity YoungMinds, said: “It’s totally unacceptable that the numbers of children being treated on adult wards is on the increase.

“The legislation clearly states that an adult mental health ward is not an appropriate setting for vulnerable children with mental health problems. “Urgent action must be taken to ensure that the worrying increase in children on adult wards is halted and that both early intervention and crisis services improve.”

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http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/dozens-vulnerable-children-greater-manchester-9011894

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‘Desperate’ Tory plot to organise own letter from doctors exposed in bombshell leaked email

Jeremy Hunt has been left red-faced after the leaked email was posted on social media by top health commentator Roy Lilley

Jeremy Hunt has been left red-faced tonight as a bombshell leaked email exposes a “desperate” Tory plot to organise their own letter from doctors. It comes just days after more than 100 leading doctors signed a letter accusing the Tory-led coalition of endangering the NHS in England. They described how the health service is “withering away”, and warned that patients would be faced with higher costs but lower standards due to the growing involvement of private firms in the NHS.

Tonight the leaked email was published on social media by top health commentator Roy Lilley who tweeted: “Tories canvassing for a ‘support the NHS’ letter from doctors – the games continue!”

Click on the link to read more

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/nhs-crisis-tory-plot-letter-5488071#rlabs=6

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Post tweeked from Roy Lilley

My post on the 8th April re the letter signed from 100 doctors

http://strength-in-numbers.co.uk/2015/04/08/s-9/

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Hospital in Ashya King case reveals ‘outpouring of hatred’ directed at staff

Would you take your very ill child out of hospital against the doctor’s advice?

Please fill in our one question survey by clicking on the link

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Ashya

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Medics tell BBC documentary of overwhelming volume of vitriolic messages received – and defend their approach to the five-year-old’s treatment

Staff at the hospital where five-year-old Ashya King was treated for brain cancer before he was taken abroad by his parents have spoken about the “outpouring of hatred” they received – but said they would act in the same way if the situation arose again. Medical staff at Southampton general hospital told a BBC documentary how the torrent of abuse effectively shut down the hospital’s switchboard after it “became a story of a hospital [that] was chasing down a family”. One doctor said he received hate mail from someone telling him they wished his own children would get cancer and die.

The hospital came under the glare of the world’s media last August after Ashya’s parents took him abroad for treatment, against the advice of the NHS specialists who had been caring for him in Southampton.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/apr/10/hospital-in-ashya-king-case-reveals-outpouring-of-hatred-directed-at-staff

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Ashya – The Untold Story will be broadcast on BBC1 at 7.30pm on Friday 10 April

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NHS crisis: Bosses under fire after nurse paid £2,200 to cover ONE shift

AN NHS trust has been blasted for wasting public money after it emerged that it paid a temporary nurse £2,200 to cover ONE shift.

The shocking figure, which works out at a whopping £183.33-an-hour, was handed to the nurse by the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust for just one 12-hour shift. Incredibly, the unbelievable sum, which was revealed following a Freedom of Information Act request, is more than DOUBLE the rate of a neurologist. It also emerged there were 47 agency nurses working at the Shropshire trust in December last year. The trust, which runs the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford, Shropshire, has now been criticised for its spending.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/569228/NHS-under-fire-nurse-paid-2-200-for-one-shift-cover

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One nurse (not pictured) was paid £2,200 for one 12-hour shift

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