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The silent addiction to painkillers

The silent addiction to painkillers

Health, Medical, NHS, Radio
Shane D'Souza, a software engineer, has been treating himself with painkillers for 6 years. When he tries to avoid gulping two codeine containing pain killers frequently at work, the withdrawal symptoms consist of this unbearable pain. Ultimately he has no choice, but, to surrender to his addiction. From migraines to arthritis there is a pill available for every condition today, but, with a heavy price to pay. More and more people in the UK are becoming victims of an unseen addiction, The addiction to painkillers. While painkillers provide relief for acute conditions, a wide group of people misuse are dependent on them for long term, chronic pain relief. Opioid painkillers, such as those containing codeine, are known to initiate a dependency in the long run. According to Neal Patel ...
Do we appreciate having the NHS?

Do we appreciate having the NHS?

Health, Medical, News, NHS, Politics
The National Health Service (NHS) Confederation states that every 36 hours over 1 million patients are seen by the NHS. This clearly impersonates that the service is being used at a high demand and is regularly in use. The NHS was formed on the 5th July 1948 and aimed to provide a good standard healthcare for every citizen. However, presently, only after around 60 years, debates on the privatisation of the NHS have risen, leading to marches and protest on “save our NHS”. These marches included people who were wishing to have a high-quality service by the NHS which would be under democratic control. Moreover, they also wanted it to be a care free at the point of use. Other additional wants included to oppose Conservative Party privatisation drive and remove the Private Finance Initiative
What’s to blame for the NHS crisis?

What’s to blame for the NHS crisis?

Health, International, Medical, News, Politics, Uncategorized
People waiting in hospital corridors for hours on end, being sent home in taxis - the NHS is in crisis, but who's to blame? There is little agreement on the cause of the NHS' decline. On the one hand, the Daily Mail promotes the idea that immigrants are to blame. But protesters against cuts to the NHS and Labour politicians such as Clive Lewis, blame the Tories’ policies of austerity. Others, such as the GMB trade union worker, Gavin Davies, agree that immigrants are not to blame, but perceive the NHS crisis as a more nuanced problem. Right-wing news outlets such as The Daily Mail tend to point the finger at immigrants. One of their headlines proclaimed, “Sickly immigrants add 1 billion to NHS bill.” The Telegraph too has joined in the blame game, with stories such as one headlined, “N
Jeremy Hunt summoned to Commons on misplacement of NHS patient data

Jeremy Hunt summoned to Commons on misplacement of NHS patient data

#breakingnews, Health, Medical, News, Politics
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

Health, Medical, ReportingWeek2
  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
NHS England patients to receive HIV preventive drug in clinical trial

NHS England patients to receive HIV preventive drug in clinical trial

#breakingnews, Health, Medical, ReportingWeek1
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

NHS England continues to fail London’s gay population

Health, Medical, Politics
Imagine every sexual encounter you had carried the risk of a life-threatening illness. One of life’s fundamental processes bringing with it a stigma of a potential lifelong disease. For most heterosexual people in the UK, this is just a hypothetical. For men who have sex with men (MSM), it’s an all-to-familiar situation. Imagine that one day you were told that there was an effective, affordable solution to this problem . You’d never have to worry about HIV in the bedroom again. You could have sex without ever thinking about disease, illness and death. The psychological relief would be unimaginable. Now imagine you’d been told that the NHS wasn’t going to give you that solution. Once again, sex becomes a threat, rather than a treat. This is the reality that unfolded for thousands of MS
Shame and sickness on the streets: the state of mental and physical health

Shame and sickness on the streets: the state of mental and physical health

Health, Medical
Homelessness has more than doubled since 2010, with over 7,600 sleeping rough in London at some point in 2015. But what are the long-term physical and mental health problems facing our increasing homeless population? A man in dress shoes swears violently at me as he trips, standing heavily on my leg. I sit up straighter in my sleeping bag. Outside Moorgate station, it’s 7.56pm on a bitterly cold Friday evening: my sixth hour of homelessness lies just ahead. Around me, smartly dressed Londoners make their way from stressful city jobs to upmarket cocktail bars. I can hear the chatter of the end of a hard week’s work. Sat with my head down, someone tosses a pound coin into my lap and mutters something about a sandwich. I am not hungry, and I am not homeless. The pound, and any like
Anorexia is narcissism, says Joan Bakewell

Anorexia is narcissism, says Joan Bakewell

#breakingnews, Health, Medical
Baroness Joan Bakewell described eating disorders as "overindulgent, over-introspective and narcissistic" during an interview with The Sunday Times. Joan Bakewell is a Labour peer, president of Birkbeck, University of London, a journalist and an author. She was speaking to The Sunday Times about the UK’s medical, health and illness book prizes when she made the comments. She tweeted in the early hours of Sunday morning that she hopes her comments will increase public debate on eating disorders and further research. If I've stirred a public discussion about anorexia... Good. Let's have more research and information. — Joan Bakewell (@JDBakewell) March 13, 2016 How were Baroness Bakewell's comments received? Westminster World spoke to Harriet*, a former inpatient at The Retreat, a
With changes to contracts, junior doctors are threatening to leave the UK, but what is the consensus?

With changes to contracts, junior doctors are threatening to leave the UK, but what is the consensus?

Health, Medical
As Jeremy Hunt imposes new contracts of employment onto junior doctors, there is talk of many of them leaving the NHS to work overseas. Westminster World investigates the benefits and drawbacks of such a decision. Breathing heavily and slowly, as if through a straw, Josephine doubles over on the bed, fighting for her final few breaths. Uncomfortable and terrified, the 76 year-old squeezes her daughter’s hand as she desperately tries to draw oxygen in through her mask. A young man stands at the bedside, hand on her shoulder, tears rolling off his chiselled jaw. Jack is a junior doctor. It’s 4am and Josephine’s bed is one of more than 60 he is responsible for tonight, along with just one other doctor. Josephine's chronic lung disease has stiffened her lungs and filling them with ox