Monday, November 20News For London

Medical

Great Ormond Street can’t find doctors to work empty shifts

Great Ormond Street can’t find doctors to work empty shifts

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An email to junior doctors reveals that Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) is struggling to fill vacant shifts in its medical rotas. GOSH says since it started enforcing maximum rates for locum (temporary cover) shifts, it has seen an increase in vacant shifts. In the email they state they are looking for junior doctors to work 'ad-hoc' in surgical and orthopaedic specialities. Since 23 November 2015, new rules capping the rates of pay for locum shifts were introduced. On 1 April 2016, these rates are set to become even lower, with doctors being allowed to be paid no more than 1.55 times than their normal rates of pay. These rates of pay were meant to save hospital trusts money by reducing the amount they spent on agency staff. However, many doctors and other healthcare s
Immunotherapy trial sees record-breaking cancer remission

Immunotherapy trial sees record-breaking cancer remission

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A trial of immunotherapy has lead to remission in 90% of terminally ill blood cancer patients. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting on Monday highlighted the discovery. Prof Stanley Riddell, from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre in Seattle, lead the study and spoke at the meeting this week. He explained that in his study, all other treatments of the patients’ cancer had been unsuccessful and the patients had only a two-to-five month life expectancy. He went on to state that after a single dose of the trial therapy, more than 90 per cent of patients went into complete remission. The treatment works by extracting immune cells from the patient, and modifying their receptors so that they attach themselves to the cancerous cells, dest
WHO to discuss possible travel restrictions over Zika virus pandemic

WHO to discuss possible travel restrictions over Zika virus pandemic

Health, Medical, News, Travel
The World Health Organisation (WHO) is having an emergency meeting today to discuss the continuing Zika virus outbreak in the Americas.  The mosquito-borne virus has spread to 22 countries within North and South America. Zika virus has been linked to microcephaly, a serious developmental disorder where babies are born with small heads. In Brazil, there have been over 4,000 case of microcephaly since October 2015. Normally, Brazil would see approximately 150 cases a year. The WHO can recommend placing travel restrictions to and from infected countries, among a wide range of infection control measures. With London as a major business and travel hub, any future restrictions would likely have some impact on the capital. Those who are pregnant or are planning to get pregnant should se

Two NHS choirs set to battle it out for Christmas number one.

Health, Medical, ReportingWeek2
Two songs produced by NHS staff have gone on sale in a bid for the prestigious festive top spot. Dr Harriet Nerva, from Queen's Park London, started the campaign #NHS4XmasNo1 in October through Facebook and Twitter. Her social media pages support the combination of ‘Bridge over troubled water’ and ‘Fix you’ by Coldplay. The song is performed by Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir, a group that includes nurses, physiotherapists, porters, doctors and administrators. The 26 year-old junior doctor has asked that people wait until Friday 19 December to download it, despite the song's availability on iTunes. This will mean that sales will count towards the Christmas chart. Speaking to Westminster World she said: “It’s a really beautiful track and it’s a fantastic celebration of the work
NHS trainee nurses to protest against tuition fee changes

NHS trainee nurses to protest against tuition fee changes

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Trainee nurses are gearing up to stage a mass protest against the government's 2017 decision to scrap NHS bursaries. Scheduled for 9th January 2016, the protest march aims at putting pressure on authorities to rethink their plan to replace bursaries with student loans come September 2017. The announcement came as part of Chancellor George Osborne's Autumn statement last month. He stated that in 2017, the NHS bursaries currently being paid to trainee nurses will be converted into loans that students would need to repay once they start formally earning from practice. Among the recommended changes is also a fee restructure, which would require student nurses to cough up an annual tuition fee of £9000. This will be a first for trainee nurses, and it could amount to £50,000 in debt