Instagram ‘worst for young mental health’ – BBC News

May 19, 2017

… that NHS England comes up with a vetting scheme for health and well-being information so young people are better able to judge whether information is trustworthy. Ms Cramer added: “As the evidence grows that there may be potential harms from heavy use of social media, and as we upgrade the status of mental health within society, it is important that we have checks and balances in place to make social media less of a ‘wild West’ when it comes to young people’s mental …

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Ransomware attacks on hospitals could eventually kill someone

May 14, 2017

… Screenshot of apparent ransomware attack message sent to NHS England trusts https://t.co/jODkWomGPA pic.twitter.com/uc2HlGH9yM BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) May 12, 2017 Staff also asked that patients not come in unless they were experiencing an emergency. Some hospital staff couldn’t access patient records, and others had to cancel appointments. The scale of this attack is unusual, but the type of attack is not. It’s happened before to hospitals in London in January, for …

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Shops agree to limit sugary drinks sales in hospitals – BBC News

April 21, 2017

All retailers in hospitals in England are being urged to make the changes to their stock. The plans are part of a health drive to cut obesity and tooth decay across the country. How much sugar is hiding in your food? Analysis: Can we trust the sugar industry? NHS England said progress had already been made this year to remove all price promotions on sugary drinks and junk food sold in hospitals and to make sure healthy food options were available at all times for patients and staff. Over the …

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Patients with learning disabilities missing out on health checks – BBC News

April 8, 2017

… GP. The researchers found that, on average, patients with learning disabilities had a 16-year shorter life expectancy than the general population. People with learning disabilities are also entitled to extra time in GP appointments. Patients are generally allotted 10 minutes or less with their GP. An NHS England spokesperson said of the report: “The latest figures show the number of patients on a GP learning disabilities register who are receiving an annual health check is increasing but …

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Sharp rise in A&Es turning away ambulances – BBC News

April 8, 2017

… “The sharp increase in the number of diversions is very worrying. Further steps will be needed across health and social care to address these pressures.” NHS England pointed out many of the diverts would be to hospitals close by so patients were not being sent to hospitals a long way from their homes. In a statement, the organisation added too many ambulances were being dispatched to simply try to hit targets – and it was now reviewing the system to see if there was a more …

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You’ll wait longer for ops, says NHS boss – BBC News

March 31, 2017

… year. This is the largest area of spending after staffing so NHS England’s report sets out ways this rising cost can be curbed. Firstly, a cap has been set on the bill for new drugs. The roll-out of any new treatments that are going to cost the NHS more than 20m a year will now be delayed to give health bosses time to open talks with the industry to drive down the price. Secondly, NHS England has announced it will review “low value” medicines. These include things such as …

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NHS funding review for gluten-free food – BBC News

March 29, 2017

The products include omega 3 and fish oils, travel vaccines and gluten-free foods as well as a range of drugs for which there is said to be limited evidence. Documents submitted to NHS England – and seen by the BBC – argue that the prescribing of gluten-free products dates back to the 1960s when there was not the choice there is now in supermarkets and shops. Cutting back on prescriptions for the 10 products could saved the NHS 100m a year, the document says. NHS Clinical …

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MPs criticise Theresa May and NHS over ‘bickering’ – BBC News

February 27, 2017

… spending were potentially damaging. The committee cited figures covering 2015 to 2016, when the Department of Health used 950m out of the NHS’ separate 4.5bn capital budget to meet everyday running costs. It also said that NHS England itself has “much more to do” before the public is convinced that reforms to health and care services “are not just a cover for cuts”. Last week, NHS trusts reported an 886m deficit in the last nine months of 2016. Labour MP Meg …

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Hospital cuts planned in most of England – BBC News

February 21, 2017

It warned GPs, district nursing and council care services were already “feeling the strain” and could not currently cope with an increase in workload. And the King’s Fund said further reductions in the number of hospital beds could de-stabilise services that were already “stretched to their limits” following the difficult winter. /* Apply some default styling for core content */ .bbc-news-vj-iframe-wrapper html, .bbc-news-vj-iframe-wrapper …

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