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PM urged to end 'damaging' contract stand-off
The leaders of 13 royal colleges have urged prime minister David Cameron to end the ‘damaging’ junior doctors contract stand-off. The 'eleventh hour' call comes in a letter signed by the clinical leaders which says health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s refusal to return to negotiations, and the resulting impasse, ‘poses a significant threat to our whole healthcare system’. Junior doctors will set up pickets across the country on Tuesday, 26 April and Wednesday, 27 April — the fifth round of industrial action. Last week, the BMA offered to call off the strike if Mr Hunt lifted imposition of the ...
Source: BMA News - April 25, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Health secretary rejects return to negotiation
  The health secretary has rejected the chance to end next week’s planned strike action by dropping the threat of imposition. In a letter sent to Mr Hunt on Tuesday, BMA junior doctors committee chair Johann Malawana urged Mr Hunt to ‘make the right decision for patients, doctors and the long-term future of the NHS’. Mr Hunt announced his decision to impose the contract, in which doctors have no confidence, in February and junior doctors have now felt forced to take to the picket lines four times. Further industrial action, this time a full withdrawal of service by junior doctors in England, is plann...
Source: BMA News - April 20, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Hundreds report waking up during surgery
“At least 150, and possibly several thousand, patients a year are conscious while they are undergoing operations,” The Guardian reports. A report suggests “accidental awareness” during surgery occurs in around one in 19,000 operations. The report containing this information is the Fifth National Audit Project (NAP5) report on Accidental Awareness during General Anaesthesia (AAGA) – that is, when people are conscious at some point during general anaesthesia. This audit was conducted over a three-year period to determine how common AAGA is. People who regain consciousness during surger...
Source: NHS News Feed - September 10, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medical practice QA articles Source Type: news

Hysterectomy Association Newsletter July 2014
Welcome to the Hysterectomy Association Newsletter – July 2014. Phew! It’s been a hot few weeks here in the UK hasn’t it and the weather has brought out a rash of emails and questions about coping with hot flushes. Inevitably, if you are suffering from menopausal symptoms, heat is going to make you wilt. Last year, we put together a quick update on our Facebook page about staying cool in hot weather – this seems like a good time to share it again. You can find it here: 5 top tips for staying cool in the heat. As well as the questions about HRT another popular email topic has been the age at which wo...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - July 23, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Newsletters hormone replacement therapy research Source Type: news

Research Priorities in Anaesthesia and Perioperative Care
Dr Oliver Boney is leading a nationwide project on behalf of the Royal College of Anaesthetists to gather ideas about research priorities in Anaesthesia and Perioperative Care. The focus of the Royal College resaerch is to improve the quality of care for anyone having an operation but to do that they need to know what both patients and clinicians feel are the most important things to focus on. As a result they are now running a survey asking patients, carers and  relatives, about what areas of anaesthesia and perioperative care should be ‘research priorities‘ in the future. The online survey takes no more ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - June 23, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Research anaesthetic Source Type: news

Fewer Patients Awake During Operations
WebMD Medical News By Tim Locke Reviewed by Rob Hicks, MD March 14, 2013 — Being aware of what’s going on during an operation under general anesthesia sounds scary. The good news is a new study suggests it happens less often than had been thought. Previous research has found that about 1 in 500 patients is aware or awake under general anaesthesia. The new report, from the U.K.’s Royal College of Anaesthetists, finds it is far less common, about 1 case in 15,000. Researchers also found that even where brain monitoring equipment is available, fewer than 2% of anesthesiologists routinely use it to check the...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 20, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mreal197 Tags: WebMD News Source Type: news

New Survey Reports Low Rate Of Patient Awareness During Anaesthesia
The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) and the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI) today publish initial findings from a major study which looked at how many patients experienced accidental awareness during general anaesthesia. The survey asked all senior anaesthetists in NHS hospitals in the UK (more than 80% of whom replied) to report how many cases of accidental awareness during general anaesthesia they encountered in 2011. There are three million general anaesthetics administered each year... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 12, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pain / Anesthetics Source Type: news

New survey reports low rate of patient awareness during anesthesia
(Wiley) The Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland today publish initial findings from a major study which looked at how many patients experienced accidental awareness during general anesthesia. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 12, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news