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What does a Conservative Government mean for the NHS?

What does a Conservative Government mean for the NHS?

Breaking News, Health, News, NHS, Politics, ReportingWeek2, Uncategorized
A group of doctors in scrubs (Image from Unsplash) How will the National Health Service be affected, now that the Tories are in power? In the early hours of Friday 13 December, it was announced that the electorate had voted for a majority Conservative Government.  With 365 seats, the Conservative party had well surpassed the 326 seat target needed to hold a majority government.  This result has many people speculating about what this will mean for the UK’s National Health Service.  In his Prime Minister’s victory speech on 13 December, Johnson stated: “I’ve heard it loud and clear from every corner of the country that the overwhelming priority of the British people now, is that we should focus above all on the NHS, that simple and beautiful idea that repre
Wait times for A&E are at their worst

Wait times for A&E are at their worst

Breaking News, Health, News, NHS
NHS data revealed it's "on its knees" this winter as patients are facing the worst A&E waiting times in a decade. Every major A&E department failed to meet the target waiting time of four hours for the first time ever. Only 81.4 percent of patients were seen within the four-hour threshold, a record low against the national target of 95 percent. The NHS standard has not been met since July 2015. Made with Visme Infographic Maker Since the same month last year, the new NHS numbers revealed that major A&E departments have seen 5.2 percent increase in attendances, totalling 2,143,336 in November 2019. The 559,556 emergency admissions saw a 4.3 percent increase over the last 12 months. Knee and hip replacement waiting lists have soared, with a record breaking 4.45m patien...
General Election: Parties’ promises “unrealistic” warns NHS provider

General Election: Parties’ promises “unrealistic” warns NHS provider

Adults, Breaking News, Health, Medical, News, NHS, Opinion, Politics
University College London Hospital| Photograph by Elza Lopes Party leaders failed to address key NHS’ issues in health and social care on their election campaigns. UK’s main parties have made numerous promises to pour into the NHS funding and extra staff, however, concerns grow as “no credible answers” have been offered to deal with issues affecting the healthcare system, Chris Hopson, Chief NHS provider said. All main parties have made pledges on their manifestos to increase expenditure in the healthcare system, with emphasis on increasing NHS funding and workforce. The Conservatives have promised 50,000 staff nurses and 50 million GPs surgery appointments. In contrast to Labour which promised 24,000 more nurses,  its manifesto top priorities also feature, reducing patients' charges,
Make emergency contraception available in stores

Make emergency contraception available in stores

Breaking News, Health, Medical, NHS
A report has been released advising government to sell the morning-after pill and abortion pills in health retailers without consultation The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has stated in their 'Better for women' report that access to emergency contraceptive pills and abortion pills is currently too difficult for women in England. The report asked for easy access to reliable information on women’s health and to contraception, abortion and fertility services. The RCOG highlighted that if current system remained unchanged, the rate of unplanned pregnancies, abortions and poor parent experiences will not decrease. "Pregnancy should occur if and when women want to be pregnant," the report further stated. The Department of Health and Social Care released a r
Children’s use of medicinal cannabis sparks debate among Londoners

Children’s use of medicinal cannabis sparks debate among Londoners

Breaking News, Health, London, Medical, NHS, youth
Londoners have been speaking out on the NHS’s decision to approve two new cannabis-based medicines to treat children with diseases like epilepsy and multiple sclerosis (MS).  Our reporter, Veronica-Sofia Nitu, interviewed people in residential London to find out what they thought of the NHS’s decision. Many differentiated between medicinal cannabis and recreational cannabis, and opinions were divided. Some stressed the need for the treatment to be truly needed, proven to help and regulated by appropriate authorities.  “I think if it helps, and they have proof that it helps, then they should [use medicinal cannabis to treat children],” said one mother outside the Portman Nursery School in Marylebone.  One man who believes cannabis is usually prescribed irresponsibly said m
Figures show a link between birth rates and ethnicity

Figures show a link between birth rates and ethnicity

children, Data Journalism, Education, Health, Housing, Medical, NHS, Racism
In contrast with previous studies, the recent figures show that socio-economic factors are more relevant than biological ones   Babies born from Pakistani and Black African parents had the highest infant mortality rates. Meanwhile, those from white mothers and fathers have the lowest in England and Wales, according to 2013 figures provided by the Office of National Statistics (ONS). The white community (British and Irish) suffered only 2.6 deaths per 1,000 live births. However, the figure is quite different for other minorities. Pakistani babies had a mortality rate of 6.7, Black Caribbean of 6.6, and Black African of 6.3. These ethnic groups showed the most worrying probabilities of babies’ survival. The figures displayed a scary face of how inequality works even in t

Panic attack: a practical guide for getting through and understand it

Experience, Health, Medical, NHS, Science, Uncategorized
A recent psychiatric investigation made by Giovanni Mansueto and Fiammetta Consci revealed interesting information about panic disorder. But what is it? Is the same as a panic attack? Carol, 25 from London, told Westminster World about her experiences, but she preferred to not show her face. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfV5FZ0HmIE&t=2s  
The knife crime epidemic: Are we still in the long run to stop it?

The knife crime epidemic: Are we still in the long run to stop it?

crime, Data Journalism, Gender, News, NHS, urban, youth
According to the BBC reports, in 2018, the knife crime rate in England and Wales reached the highest rate since World War II. Knife crime has become more common in big cities, especially in London. !function(){"use strict";window.addEventListener("message",function(a){if(void 0!==a.data["datawrapper-height"])for(var e in a.data["datawrapper-height"]){var t=document.getElementById("datawrapper-chart-"+e)||document.querySelector("iframe[src*='"+e+"']");t&&(t.style.height=a.data["datawrapper-height"][e]+"px")}})}(); There were 153 malicious murders in the London area by the end of 2018. This is the highest number within a decade, according to the official figures of the Metro Police. Nevertheless, "the plague continued at the beginning of 2019", as on the 27 March, six more stabbings were r
Greenwich stabbing: Why are the young carrying knives nowadays?

Greenwich stabbing: Why are the young carrying knives nowadays?

Breaking News, crime, crime, Culture, London, London Mayor, News, NHS, ReportingWeek2, Social media, Student
London Mayor Sadiq Khan today announced a £600,000 grant from website to help charities tackle youth violence, shortly after an 18-year-old boy was stabbed to death at a flat in Greenwich town centre last Saturday. Due to the reduction of the police force? According to the statistics released by the Office for National Statistics, knife crime has surged by 16 per cent in the UK, compared with figure 12 months earlier. Figures from Metropolitan Police showed so far there have been at least 128 violent deaths in London, up from 116 in early 2018. The total of 14,987 knife crimes is among a high of 25,0287 violent offences recorded. Source: Metropolitan Police Cressida Dick, the head of Metropolitan Police, said early this year in a hearing that a whole series of social issues contrib
‘Shocking and unacceptable’: London MP joins criticism over government not publishing immigration plans.

‘Shocking and unacceptable’: London MP joins criticism over government not publishing immigration plans.

Breaking News, brexit, London, News, NHS, Politics, ReportingWeek1
Home Secretary Sajid Javid faces criticism from MPs after he told the Radio 4 Today Programme that it is “very unlikely” that the government’s immigration plans will be published before the vote on the UK’s withdrawal agreement. Edward Davey, MP for Kingston and Surbiton, described the situation as "shocking and unacceptable" in a tweet posted this morning. Brexit & immigration: shocking & unacceptable for Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, to admit @BBCr4today the Immigration White Paper will not be published before the Brexit vote. For a “meaningful vote”, MPs need to know what might happen to immigration IF we leave @LibDems — Edward Davey (@EdwardJDavey) December 3, 2018 Speaking to the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme, Sajid Javid said that the Prime Minister’s post-Brexi