Some performance improvement for NHS in Wales, latest figures show
But record numbers of people waiting more than 12 hours in A&E Related items fromOnMedica ‘Substantial tax rises’ needed to keep the NHS afloat Eight in ten stillbirths might have been avoided Latest NHS performance figures dubbed ‘shocking’ Conditions in the NHS have worsened, new report shows NHS lagging on preventing cancer and heart deaths (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 21, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Fall in infant deaths after consecutive rises in rates
But birth rates in England and Wales have been falling too, and there ’s been no change in the death rate among newborns, latest ONS data show Related items fromOnMedica Life expectancy gap continues to widen UK lagging behind peers on child health Has austerity reversed decline in infant mortality? Exploring hunches Midwives demand ‘equivalence’ in prison perinatal care (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 21, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

First of its kind checklist may help to pick up ‘hidden’ autism in adults
Understanding compensatory strategies used by those affected could help GPs detect signs, say researchers Related items fromOnMedica MHRA tightens licence restrictions on valproate for women GPs need more time to treat complex needs Genetic risk model could guide prostate cancer screening NICE issues guidelines on neurological conditions GP gatekeepers linked to reduced patient satisfaction (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 21, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Diabetic patients ‘reluctant’ to do kidney damage urine test, say clinicians
The test, key to picking up early signs of kidney disease, isn ’t routinely carried out by GPs and nurses in annual reviews, indicates pharma company survey Related items fromOnMedica Millions miss out on vital diabetes health checks NHS cost of poor diabetes control is £3 billion per year Playing to type: why diabetes education isn ’t one-size-fits-all One person diagnosed with diabetes every three minutes Poor diabetes education leading to health complications (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 21, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Public health budget cuts have decimated health visiting services
In many areas of England they are no longer able to offer the minimum level of support, finds annual survey Related items fromOnMedica For sale to the highest bidder? Future trade deals and the NHS Children First Unhealthy ambition CQC's State of Care report finds standards improving but warns of pressures NHS 10 Year Plan: the view from my desk (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 21, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Exposure to mobile screens can affect sleep
Sleep and mental wellbeing affected by use of phone at night Related items fromOnMedica Child mental health linked to families who struggle Doctors urge ban on children buying caffeinated energy drinks Screen time - a moral panic for the 21st century? Child mental illness must be picked up sooner Fifth of all children referred to specialist mental health services rejected for treatment (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 20, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Sharp rise in lung disease deaths over past 27 years
18% rise in deaths between 1990 and 2017 Related items fromOnMedica Doctors unite with campaigners in calling for smokefree 2030 Solid fuel cooking linked to higher respiratory death rate Air pollution might contribute to the lung ageing process More non-smokers dying from lung cancer Never too late to quit smoking to cut lung cancer risk (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 20, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Warning over prescribing antibiotics during pregnancy
Macrolide antibiotics could raise risk of birth defects Related items fromOnMedica Premature births linked to bacterial changes in vagina Tdap vaccination in pregnancy not linked to birth defects Poor asthma control in pregnancy linked to serious adverse outcomes TV programme overstates antidepressant risk during pregnancy SSRIs raise risk of rare neonatal hypertension (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 20, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Many mental health trusts lack funding for facilities ’ repairs and upgrades
Two thirds of trusts will have insufficient funding for repairs Related items fromOnMedica Mental health: vital next steps on the path to parity CQC's State of Care report finds standards improving but warns of pressures NHS 10 Year Plan: the view from my desk Questions on Health Economics and commissioning General taxation still best way to generate NHS funds (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 20, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

New drive to make NHS boards more representative
GP Clare Gerada will co-chair diversity taskforce Related items fromOnMedica The collaborative approach turning things around Significant increase in BME representation at senior levels of the NHS in England BME doctors less successful in securing specialty training places A good day How we ’re helping to release the capabilities of frontline staff (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 20, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

New points-based immigration system sparks alarm in social care sector
Staff shortages set to worsen further, healthcare leaders have warned Related items fromOnMedica Futureproofing our NHS: Innovations and their benefits New Year NHS resolutions GP contract for England brings overall 3.4% increase Scottish government pledges more cash for health and social care in budget Brexit could leave health and social care 51,000 nurses short (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 20, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Number of people with dementia in Europe to almost double by 2050
Nearly 19 million people will have the disease across the entire continent, to include the UK, latest projections indicate Related items fromOnMedica Dame Barbara Windsor calls for £2.4bn NHS dementia fund Emergency dementia admissions up by one third Lords demand an end to ‘national scandal’ on social care funding One in five people with dementia gets no support Experts urge radical action on mental health crises (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 19, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Clinicians in the dark about potential harms of commonly prescribed beta blocker
Better understanding needed to stave off overdose deaths, warns HSIB Related items fromOnMedica Withdrawn valsartan meds not linked to short-term cancer risk Too few women take part in many CVD clinical trials Pharmacists could offer high-dose statins direct to patients Cannabinoids not recommended to treat cancer-related pain GPs defend practice on prescribing statins (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 19, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

One in five people feel ‘unsafe’ in NHS mental health service care
Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman survey also shows that four in 10 felt they waited too long to be diagnosed Related items fromOnMedica CQC's State of Care report finds standards improving but warns of pressures Public must debate true scale of NHS challenges Winter A&E waiting time cases quadruple over seven years Health Foundation sets out reasons for more NHS investment Widespread support for free personal care for over 65s, argues charity (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 19, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Number of people with dementia in Europe set to almost double by 2050
Nearly 19 million people will have the disease across the entire continent, to include the UK, latest projections indicate Related items fromOnMedica Dame Barbara Windsor calls for £2.4bn NHS dementia fund Emergency dementia admissions up by one third Lords demand an end to ‘national scandal’ on social care funding One in five people with dementia gets no support Experts urge radical action on mental health crises (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 19, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Addiction psychiatry will be ‘wiped out in next 10 years’, warns Royal College
Number of higher training posts in England has fallen by 58% since 2011; some regions now don ’t have a single trainee Related items fromOnMedica Child mental health linked to families who struggle Mind reveals huge variation in STPs ’ mental health spend Health-focused line on drugs misuse would save lives and money Experts urge radical action on mental health crises Doctors urge government to act on rising alcohol impact (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 19, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GPs offered new tool to boost learning
MyRCGP app offers access to learning and events Related items fromOnMedica The future for our students Shaping the future of medicines and pharmacy Leadership Time to hang up the phone – appointments need to be digitised How GPs can address Babylon ’s burning platform (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 18, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Mediterranean diet could slow advance of frailty
Link between diet and healthy ageing Related items fromOnMedica Active elderly live independently and avoid social care Healthy lifestyles may offset dementia risk, study finds More money needed for nutritional care in NHS Omega 3 from seafood linked to healthier ageing Vitamin D supplements do not confer cardiovascular protection (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 18, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Higher risk of womb cancer link to specific genetic variants
Two to three times higher risk for people affected Related items fromOnMedica Metastatic breast cancer goes undiagnosed for too long Women who were not offered breast screening have been contacted Women consider legal action over cancer link breast implants Some irregular cervical lesions could be monitored rather that treated immediately Testosterone levels causally affect disease risk (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 18, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Gene therapy treatment for blindness underway
First patients begin promising gene therapy Related items fromOnMedica Gene therapy hopes for AMD Baby born with three-person DNA Myopia could be linked to longer periods spent in education Mexican fish offer clues on heart repair Online resource aims to help GPs spot early signs of degenerative muscle disease (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 18, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

More than quarter of NHS staff face harassment and abuse from patients
15% of NHS staff experienced violence last year Related items fromOnMedica Home Office woes The future for our students NHS vacancies in England rise to more than 105,000 full-time posts GMC warns of 'state of unease' amongst doctors Can medicine be cured? (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 18, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Domestic abuse survivors have high ongoing mortality risk
Mortality from all causes 44% higher in female domestic abuse survivors, study finds Related items fromOnMedica Domestic violence victims less likely to breastfeed Mistreatment of women during childbirth is common Government launches new measures to prevent FGM Doctors urged to spot victims of trafficking Domestic violence linked to pregnancy termination (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 17, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Young cancer survivors face higher risk of severe health problems in later life
Study suggests that four in 10 young adult cancer survivors develop a severe health condition by age 45 Related items fromOnMedica Cancer survival rates not improved much in a decade Exercise essential for people diagnosed with cancer The NHS must adapt now to care for older cancer patients Exercise and psychological treatments cut cancer fatigue Immune-therapy could combat cancer (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 17, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Heathrow hotel closed and made potential quarantine centre
Hotel closed to the public after block is booked by health officials for several weeks Related items fromOnMedica UK government pledges £20 million to help develop coronavirus vaccine NHS review recommends making childhood vaccination more 'convenient' for parents Microbes don ’t need visas! The reality of Brexit and public health ‘No-deal must be avoided to protect nation’s health’ Government lops £85 million off public health grant for next year (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 17, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

MHRA launches social media campaign to improve use of Yellow Card scheme
The week-long campaign urges patients and health professionals of the importance of reporting side effects and interactions of medicines Related items fromOnMedica Multidisciplinary prescribing can help reduce errors Guidance issued on prescribing responsibilities Clinicians need better options if we are to stop over-medication Pharmacy teams recruited to cut over-medication in care homes Poor pain management - a major cause of opioid crisis (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 17, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Significant increase in BME representation at senior levels of the NHS in England
Number of very senior managers from BME backgrounds increases by 30% in two years Related items fromOnMedica The collaborative approach turning things around Employers must embed mental wellbeing in a supportive culture GPs welcome 'biggest reform to services in 15 years' Workplace burnout might affect over a third of doctors Over half of GPs plan to leave within five years (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 17, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Children and teens with eating disorders being ‘let down by NHS’
Targets for routine and urgent treatment being missed, latest figures show Related items fromOnMedica Child mental health services at breaking point GPs express concerns about child psychiatry services We are ‘sitting on a young people’s health time bomb’ Child mental health linked to families who struggle Regulator to lead major review of children ’s and teens mental health services (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 14, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Ease drug-resistant overactive bladder with wireless device, doctors advised
Can be inserted under skin to stimulate sacral nerve, says NICE Related items fromOnMedica Surgical mesh last resort for prolapse or incontinence Pelvic organ prolapse Strong women ’s rights linked to better health Hundreds of women take legal action over vaginal mesh implants Surgical options must be ‘last resort’ for stress incontinence (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 14, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Hancock reappointed as health and social care secretary in cabinet reshuffle
No excuse now to further delay tackling social care reform, say healthcare leaders Related items fromOnMedica Government publishes vision for future of general practice GP leader warns against 'political meddling' Scotland fights to prevent privatisation of general practice Watchdogs say health reforms are slow 'Government targets intefere with war on superbugs' (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 14, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

‘Close to record low’ for NHS waiting times, latest performance figures reveal
This is despite lack of really cold weather and flu epidemic, point out healthcare leaders Related items fromOnMedica Questions on Health Economics and commissioning NHS 10 Year Plan: the view from my desk General taxation still best way to generate NHS funds For sale to the highest bidder? Future trade deals and the NHS Every government promises to solve the social care crisis. Maybe this one means it (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 14, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Think multidisciplinary team working for high-quality care, GPs urged
GPs in Wales are being urged to transform care by forging partnerships with other primary care professionals for the benefit of patients Related items fromOnMedica Primary care networks: lifeboats launched on stormy seas Public must debate true scale of NHS challenges GPs welcome 'biggest reform to services in 15 years' Huge hospital waits add to GPs ’ workload, warns top GP Partnership best model for delivering what GPs and patients want (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 14, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

MDU warns doctors to protect their online privacy
Avoiding revealing too much information can protect against advances from infatuated patients Related items fromOnMedica Can medicine be cured? Patient stories Huge hospital waits add to GPs ’ workload, warns top GP GPs to consult via social media and take on more roles Hunt ‘never planned to insist on changes to existing contracts’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 13, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

More healthcare professionals to be allowed to prescribe
The Medicines and Medical Devices Bill will expand number of prescribers of low-risk medicines to reduce GP workload Related items fromOnMedica Variations in uptake of prescribing guidance impact on patients Antibiotic scrip rates lower in CAM-trained practices Pharmacists could offer high-dose statins direct to patients Clinicians need better options if we are to stop over-medication NI launches ‘One Health’ plan to tackle antimicrobial resistance (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 13, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

BME doctors less successful in securing specialty training places
Little progress has been made in reducing bias in recruitment over last three decades Related items fromOnMedica The collaborative approach turning things around GPs to consult via social media and take on more roles How we ’re helping to release the capabilities of frontline staff Improving the health and wellbeing of 1.5m NHS employees GPs demand defence of Northern Ireland health service from Brexit (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 13, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

UK medical schools are failing to tackle racism
BMJ investigation finds medical schools are 'oblivious' to the issue of racism Related items fromOnMedica Mansplaining Bullying by colleagues affects one in five NHS staff Can medicine be cured? BMA apologises for appalling sexism and harassment Junior doctors to play a role in contract renegotiation (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 13, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Fears China ’s lockdown could impact on medicines supplies
Department of Health and Social Care asks medicines suppliers to assess risks and hold on to Brexit stockpiles Related items fromOnMedica Remedy quest GPs need more time to treat complex needs Pharmacists could offer high-dose statins direct to patients Clinicians need better options if we are to stop over-medication Poor pain management - a major cause of opioid crisis (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 13, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Further healthcare worker infected with coronavirus in UK
Believed to be an A&E doctor working at Worthing Hospital in West Sussex Related items fromOnMedica WHO to help in fight against a global flu pandemic Going Viral Parent support vital on flu jabs Holidaymakers urged to check their MMR vaccine status Social Prescribing Link Workers AKA ‘The Glue in Health and Social Care’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 12, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Scottish government pledges more cash for health and social care in budget
But it ’s not enough to meet safe staffing legislation, say nurse leaders Related items fromOnMedica New Year NHS resolutions BMA urges Tory leader candidates to reform pensions provision Doctors call on politicians to invest in the NHS NHS – It’s not just about numbers GP contract for England brings overall 3.4% increase (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 12, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Don ’t treat shortness of breath as trivial, GPs urged
It ’s a strong indicator of future serious ill health and early death, say researchers Related items fromOnMedica Illness poorly managed in those with learning disability Doctors warn of ‘feather duvet lung’ Road traffic pollution raises lung cancer risk NICE issues guidelines on neurological conditions UK asbestos regulations slammed (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 12, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Senior doctors call for cuts to child services in England to be reversed
Government must boost investment in next month ’s budget, they say Related items fromOnMedica Child migrants denied universal health coverage Rise of child health on political agenda threatened A child under 15 dies every five seconds around the world UK lagging behind peers on child health Child health should be election priority say experts and public (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 12, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Rethink hospital eye care to protect patients ’ eyesight, urge experts
Call follows report highlighting ‘serious inadequacies’ in provision amid mounting pressure on ophthalmology departments in England Related items fromOnMedica Hunt announces 11 hospital trusts in special measures Day surgery shake-up for Northern Ireland Eight in ten stillbirths might have been avoided Questions on Health Economics and commissioning Care to be delivered ‘closer to home,’ says Welsh government (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 12, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Testosterone levels causally affect disease risk
Higher levels raised women ’s type 2 diabetes risk but cut men’s risk; and raised risk of some cancers in women and men Related items fromOnMedica CVD mortality much higher among cancer patients Diabetes risk lower with high intake of fruit and veg NHS must improve access to screening to save lives Night shifts worsen diabetes risk for unhealthy women Higher cancer risk from chronic diseases (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 11, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Palliative care could benefit people with Parkinson ’s
Patients and caregivers both had better outcomes when palliative care was integrated into their care Related items fromOnMedica Fund specialist dementia training to improve care and save money Emergency admissions at end of life set to sky rocket One in two women and one in three men will develop neurological disease Poor people have worse end-of-life care Cannabinoids not recommended to treat cancer-related pain (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 11, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Phone apps unreliable for detecting all cases of skin cancer
Current regulatory process for awarding CE mark for algorithm-based apps does not adequately protect public Related items fromOnMedica NHS must improve access to screening to save lives Metastatic breast cancer goes undiagnosed for too long GPs urge caution over DTC genetic testing UK cancer survival improved, but lags behind similar nations Is crowdfunding for cancer patients paying for ‘quackery’? (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 11, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Wales has the UK ’s highest prevalence of diabetes
Total for UK now over 4.8 million including undiagnosed cases – predicted to reach 5.3 million by 2025, warns Diabetes UK Related items fromOnMedica Type 2 diabetes in 10 times more young people than realised Child type 2 diabetes is a ‘wake-up call’ to the nation Put children ’s health, not private profits, at heart of policy Diabetes will soon cost NHS £16.9bn Scotland reveals target of halving child obesity by 2030 (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 11, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

General practice jewel in NHS crown – but needs fundamental change
Partnership model is in best interests of local populations and provides excellent value for NHS money, insist GPs Related items fromOnMedica GPs welcome 'biggest reform to services in 15 years' Partnership best model for delivering what GPs and patients want Over half of GPs plan to leave within five years GP shortage could triple to 7,000 without decisive action Huge hospital waits add to GPs ’ workload, warns top GP (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 11, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Cancer patients ‘missing out on basic information’
Survey says staff pressures leaving thousands ‘in the dark’ about their illness Related items fromOnMedica Hunt ‘never planned to insist on changes to existing contracts’ Workplace burnout might affect over a third of doctors New pathways based on patient experience are reducing unwanted variation The NHS march All A&E units ‘should have GPs on site’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 10, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Coronavirus: government announces new quarantine powers
Virus detection tests will be rolled out to laboratories across the UK Related items fromOnMedica NHS staff, patients and parents urged to get flu vaccine Parental confidence in immunisation programme ‘very high’ BMJ report questions swine flu jab transparency Flu vaccine delays 'likely' with no deal Brexit Prime minister issues call to action on MMR (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 10, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Experts say UK must maintain EU ties to combat pandemics
Tackling global outbreaks will be harder without access to EU early warning systems Related items fromOnMedica Brexit could disrupt supplies of medicines in UK Government issues contingency measure for 'no-deal' Brexit Trump will ‘absolutely’ include NHS in Brexit trade deals Reducing migrant salary threshold ‘right step’ says BMA NHS lagging on preventing cancer and heart deaths (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 10, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

BMA warns fast-track training must not compromise care
It says there is no safe substitute to the five year undergraduate medical curriculum Related items fromOnMedica Psychiatrists call for massive increase in medical school places Partnership best model for delivering what GPs and patients want Plans afoot for single route onto medical register Doctors bear burden of Government ’s financial failure New visa rules could prompt exodus of hundreds of doctors, warns BMA (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 10, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news