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Jeremy Hunt summoned to Commons on misplacement of NHS patient data

Jeremy Hunt summoned to Commons on misplacement of NHS patient data

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Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is being questioned to reveal if he was aware of the misplacement of sensitive patient information Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, has been summoned to the House of Commons today to be questioned urgently by Jon Ashworth, Shadow Secretary for Health, regarding the loss of more than half a million patient data records of the NHS, according to the Labour Whips. The misplacement of sensitive patient data, reported by the Guardian today morning, was first uncovered by the NHS in March of last year but kept under wraps. The patient records, mislaid by the contracted private company under NHS Shared Business Services (SBS) to ensure their delivery, were mistakenly stored in a warehouse between 2011-2016, causing one of the biggest data mishaps in NHS’ 69-year histo

Britain’s first three-person DNA raises religious and ethical concerns

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  Doctors await a consent from the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA) to produce Britain’s first baby with a three-person DNA. The treatment is known as mitochondrial replacement therapy (MRT). It is aimed for the women who have the risk of passing on fatal genetic disorders to their children. Although this treatment may seem to be the key to for producing healthy babies, not people of all faith a question remains whether people of all faiths are willing to participate in this treatment. Jahangeer Khan, is an Islamic scholar from the Ahmadiyya Muslim community says “Actually only two parent children can be ever allowed in Islam, for inheritance reasons. Not to speak of potential health risks which haven’t yet been assessed”. He explains that “using genetic ma
Access denied: healthcare for the homeless is in short supply

Access denied: healthcare for the homeless is in short supply

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“You can’t discriminate against someone who is ill based upon the colour of their skin, their sexuality, or disability. But you can discriminate against someone who is homeless," says Stan, speaking from experience, as he was homeless for over twenty years. Homelessness is a growing issue, and those sleeping rough often face difficulties in accessing healthcare, and receiving the treatment they need. In the last year alone, government statistics report there has been a ten per cent increase on homelessness and figures look set to continue to rise. Yet NHS policy lags behind its data, and homeless people continue to be marginalised from accessing the services they need. Being homeless has an undeniable impact on your health - the life expectancy for a homeless person is just 47 years

Figure of Children self-harming increases dramatically

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19,000 children were taken in to hospital after harming themselves in the last year, reports the childrens’ charity NSPCC. Which is in an increase in 14% over the past three years. Childline, a service provided by the NSPCC, says self-harming is found to be one of the frequent issues why they are contacted. Teenagers between 13-17 are the most likely to end up at a hospital due to overdosing on pills, burning themselves or even cutting their bodies. Through a day about 50 children are given counselling on self-harm, during the previous year the helpline had dealt with more than 18,00 calls regarding the same issue. President of Childline Dame Esther Rantzen says: “Self-harming is at epidemic level among young people”. She said many a time young people felt remorseful and fearful to a

Decrease in teenage pregnancy rates could be affected by cuts in contraceptive services

Health, ReportingWeek2
The Office of National Statistics said rates of teen pregnancy are now at their lowest since 2013. However, this progress could be reversed due to government cuts to the public health budget, research has revealed. A study carried out by Advisory Group Contraception shows that various GPs across the UK are limiting or have stopped providing forms of contraception. The research comes after the announcement in 2015 by the ex chancellor George Osborne, that there would be a £200million cut to public health budget from April of this year until 2021. Registration records showed that in 2016, the birth rate among older women was higher than younger mothers. But reducing this type of services could alter this figure as teenagers today are more likely to avoid unplanned pregnancies thanks t
Contraceptive Funds Cut: Warning over unwanted pregnancies

Contraceptive Funds Cut: Warning over unwanted pregnancies

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Council cuts to contraception pills could lead to an increase in unwanted pregnancies and abortions, research reveals. Public clinics offering women contraception are closing down or reducing their opening hours due to the Whitehall cuts to local council’s public health budgets. According to The Advisory Group on Contraception (AGC) research, cuts to contraception could mean “more unplanned pregnancies and abortions” This research came after government’s announcement regarding public health cuts of more than £800m over six years. The findings according to data obtained under Freedom of Information by AGC prompted warnings from sexual health experts regarding an increase in abortions. Councils have started to reduce their contraceptive services and may continue to do so. Natika H

Ministers’ consideration to raise council tax for social care funding faces criticism

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The government is considering an increase in council tax to pay for social care in the UK. However, organisations and Britons don’t seem to agree whether it will provide a solution for the funding gap in social care. The decision comes after NHS went under pressure for inefficient patient care. Many elderly and disabled patients remain in the hospital due to lack of social care support. Which leads to ambulances queueing up and patients waiting long hours to be admitted. Prime Minister’s spokeswoman refused to comment on the tax rises, but told journalists at a Number 10 briefing today that money isn’t the only problem. “There are other issues to be addressed alongside that,” she said. “We do think there’s a significant variety in how councils manage social care services. We think
NHS England patients to receive HIV preventive drug in clinical trial

NHS England patients to receive HIV preventive drug in clinical trial

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NHS England will provide a new HIV preventive drug to its high-risk patients. A drug is proven to be 86 per cent effective in cutting the risk of being HIV infected, according to a recent study published in the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. At least 10,000 people at high risk will be given the PrEP drug for a period of three years. The decision comes less than a month after a High Court ruling that NHS could provide the drug. The health service fought in court that funding something preventative rather than treatment should fall to local authorities and not the NHS.  However, the National Aids Trust charity challenged its proposal and won the case. The drug has the “potential to have a transformative impact for thousands of people,” according to the Tr
A mind full of colour

A mind full of colour

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Be it to help mental health or simply nurture your inner child, adult colouring books may not merely be ‘just another fad’. It’s 6pm on a Thursday evening and the Waterstones bookshop at Piccadilly is abuzz with excitement. A bestselling author is about to launch what experts already know will be another bestselling book, and no, it’s not J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter or E. L James’ Fifty Shades of Grey. The author in question is Mille Marotta, and the book is Wild Savannah: A Colouring Book Adventure. The new book’s predecessors, Animal Kingdom and Tropical Wonderland, were among 2015’s top 10 bestsellers on Amazon, and continue to top the list of most gifted items on the site. And if these aren’t clear enough indicators of the craze that’s gripped the country, new data from a Ne

The risks of cosmetic surgery that media didn’t tell you

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A record number of Britons went under knife for beauty in 2015. If you are considering cosmetic surgery, here's what you should know. New data from the British Association of Anesthetic Plastic Surgeons shows the number of cosmetic surgery operations reached a record in 2015, with more than 50,000 surgical procedures - an 13% increase on the year before. The growing popularity of cosmetic surgery reflects the recovering economy and increasing influence from media and celebrity, according to Dr. Nilesh Sojitra, consultant surgeon and member of British Association of Anesthetic Plastic Surgeon (BAAPS). In the past few years, more celebrities are willing to openly talk about their cosmetic operation like Patricia Heaton, who said in Ron Jacobsohn's interview, "my philosophy is, you