Category: Health

Revealed: UK patients stockpile drugs in fear of no-deal Brexit

Doctors call for more transparency amid fears of shortages, especially of insulin Ministers have been urged by top doctors to reveal the extent of national drug stocks, amid growing evidence patients are stockpiling medication in preparation for a no-deal Brexit. The Royal College of Physicians (RCP), which represents tens of thousands of doctors, urged the […]

Woman denied abortion in Dublin despite new legislation

Hospital’s decision has raised questions over introduction of abortion services in Ireland A hospital in Dublin has refused an abortion to a woman with a fatal foetal abnormality, raising questions over Ireland’s recent introduction of abortion services. The Coombe hospital, a leading maternity facility that has signed up to the service, reportedly declined to terminate […]

NHS hospitals overspend by up to £141m a year

Underfunding and staff shortages are among reasons for deficit, says watchdog Some hospitals are overspending by as much as £141m a year due to NHS underfunding, staff shortages and demand for care, according to Whitehall’s spending watchdog. King’s College healthcare trust, which runs two hospitals in London, ended last year £141.4m in the red – […]

I introduced fun to the lives of A&E staff. The laughter was infectious

Emergency departments are challenging places – but if we are to provide good patient care, we must look after ourselves The emergency department can be a solemn and challenging place: many of the patients we see are scared, vulnerable, upset or frustrated. Demand for the care and treatment we provide has also been rising. I […]

Mental health changes give care homes too much power, critics say

Charities, lawyers and Labour warn against government rushing out legislation in England and Wales Changes to mental health safeguards – intended to protect hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people – will hand care home managers and private hospitals far too much power, the government has been warned. The Law Society, mental health charities and Labour […]

Patient groups assessing NHS drugs receive undeclared industry funds

Study calls for rules to be tightened over disclosure of money received from drug makers Most patient groups involved in the appraisal of drugs or medical devices for use in the NHS have received money from the manufacturers that they have not declared, research has found. Patient groups are asked to give their views when […]

New plant-focused diet would ‘transform’ planet’s future, say scientists

‘Planetary health diet’ would prevent millions of deaths a year and avoid climate change The first science-based diet that tackles both the poor food eaten by billions of people and averts global environmental catastrophe has been devised. It requires huge cuts in red meat-eating in western countries and radical changes across the world. The “planetary […]