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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,
NHS’ lack of registered nurses threatens UK’s health system

NHS’ lack of registered nurses threatens UK’s health system

Breaking News, Health
Nurses’ shortage is forcing the NHS into hiring nursing assistants to fill the gaps, according to the Health Foundation report. The NHS is currently facing a considerable deficit of nurses, a situation which is expected to worsen as a result of poor workforce planning. Alarmingly, the demands on nurses are disproportioned to the existing nursing workforce. Therefore, it is considered one of the lowest in the clinical workforce.  It is estimated that the number of doctors employed in hospitals and other healthcare institutions has increased by ten percent in the last five years as opposed to nurses who have only registered an increase of three percent. As demands on qualified nurses and midwives increase, the NHS is under considerable pressure to address the issue because of
Cannabis legalised for medicinal use

Cannabis legalised for medicinal use

Breaking News
Two types of cannabis-based medicines have been approved for use by the NHS to treat the symptoms of multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Epidyolex, containing the cannabis extract CBD (short for cannabidiol) can now be prescribed to children due to the newly released guidance of the NHS. Epidyolex is a medicine used to soothe spasms caused by epilepsy. Similarly, the spray Sativex, also containing cannabis-based medicine, was recommended to treat muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis. According to the BBC, clinical trials have proven that with these drugs, seizures can be reduced by 40% for children who suffer from Lennox Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. Both of the newly approved medicines do not contain THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), this is the  psycho-active c
Two cannabis-based drugs approved by NHS – is this decision satisfactory for Britons?

Two cannabis-based drugs approved by NHS – is this decision satisfactory for Britons?

Health
The National Health Service (NHS) approved two cannabis-based drugs for treating epilepsy, specifically children with epilepsy. Now doctors can prescribe medicines called Epidyolex and Sativex to patients with childhood epilepsy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=togxqM2qM_8&app=desktop On 11 November 2019 BBC published an article revealing the approval of cannabis-based drugs by NHS. Although Epidyolex was approved by the European Union in September 2019, NHS has not approved the use of cannabis-based medicines due to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines. British citizens had mixed views on the approval of medicines that have cannabis, but none of the responses were negative. One person said: “If that works, I don’t have
Young Londoners are ready to have cannabis legalised

Young Londoners are ready to have cannabis legalised

Breaking News, Health
The NHS’ recently approved the prescription of cannabis-based products for medicinal use and have young Londoners full support. While cannabis is considered illegal for recreational use in the UK, doctors have found that two cannabis-based products have been proven effective in treating severe epilepsy in children, multiple sclerosis and to relieving sickness in patients with cancer After interviewing Londoners, ages 18-35, in Shoreditch, it’s apparent that they not only agree with the NHS and the decision to introduce cannabis-based products, they’re open to other potential medicinal uses. Given that cannabis is legal for recreational use in 22 European countries, many Londoners are more than ready for the UK to be next and are confident that the result will be a positive one. 
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
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