Junior doctors' protest gets MP's backing

Junior doctors' protest gets MP's backing

Junior doctors’ protest gets MP’s backing By Hugh Pym Health editor 16 October 2015 From the section Health Image copyright Thinkstock The former conservative health minister Dr Dan Poulter has given his support to junior doctors by appearing in a video produced by them on the eve of a planned protest. The London march is part of a campaign against government plans to reform junior doctors’ contracts in England. A Department of Health spokesperson said…

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Fears grow over antibiotic resistance

Fears grow over antibiotic resistance

Fears grow over increased antibiotic resistance 16 October 2015 From the section Health comments Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Bacteria which are not killed off by antibiotics can cause infections in patients after routine surgery More than 6,000 deaths a year could be caused by a 30% fall in the effectiveness of antibiotics in the US, a report in The Lancet suggests. It said most of the extra deaths would happen in patients…

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Charges over Stafford patient deaths

Charges over Stafford patient deaths

Stafford Hospital: Mid-Staffs trust charged over deaths By Michele Paduano BBC Midlands health correspondent 15 October 2015 From the section Stoke & Staffordshire Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The charges related to the deaths of Patrick Daly, Edith Bourne, Ivy Bunn and Lillian Tucker The trust which ran Stafford Hospital is to face criminal charges in connection with the deaths of four patients, the BBC has learned. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said…

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Overseas nursing restrictions eased

Overseas nursing restrictions eased

Overseas nursing restrictions eased 15 October 2015 From the section Health Image copyright SPL Nursing has been declared an occupation that officially has shortages, paving the way for more nurses from outside the EU to work in the NHS. Parts of the NHS in England have lobbied for a change to immigration rules to allow more foreign nurses to come to work in the UK. The government said the move was a temporary measure. It…

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Ebola nurse now 'critically ill'

Ebola nurse now 'critically ill'

Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey now ‘critically ill’ 14 October 2015 From the section Scotland Image caption Ms Cafferkey was initially treated in a Glasgow hospital before being transferred to a specialist unit in London last week A nurse who contracted Ebola while working in West Africa is now “critically ill” with complications arising from the infection. Pauline Cafferkey was readmitted to a specialist isolation unit at the Royal Free Hospital in London last week. The…

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Physical health of mentally ill 'ignored'

Physical health of mentally ill 'ignored'

Physical health of mentally ill people ‘ignored’ By Nick Triggle Health correspondent 14 October 2015 From the section Health Image copyright Newscast Online People in England who have had mental health problems are five times as likely to be admitted to hospital as an emergency as those who have not, a study shows. But the Nuffield Trust and Health Foundation think tanks found most admissions were for physical ailments. Researchers said the findings suggested the…

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NHS agency staff cap 'to save £1bn'

NHS agency staff cap 'to save £1bn'

NHS agency staff cap ‘to save £1bn’ 13 October 2015 From the section Health Image copyright SPL Ministers have set out details of how they aim to save the NHS £1bn on agency staff costs over the next three years. In June, the government in England said agency spending was to be capped and it has now unveiled details of how that will work. From April, NHS trusts will not be able to pay more…

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Sugar tax evidence 'being withheld'

Sugar tax evidence 'being withheld'

Head of Public Health England to be hauled before MPs By Michelle Roberts Health editor, BBC News online 13 October 2015 From the section Health Image copyright SPL The head of Public Health England is being hauled before MPs to explain why a report into a tax on sugar has been delayed. Mr Duncan Selbie has been asked to appear in front of the Commons Health Select Committee on Monday. MPs say they need to…

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