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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

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

NHS England patients to receive HIV preventive drug in clinical trial

DontUse, 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

Tales of exodus: Talk at the junior doctors strike

Health
Junior doctors are currently on the picket line but many could soon be enjoying the Australian sunshine. Dr Mathew Stone is on strike. He is one of around two dozen people stood holding placards in the cold drizzle waving at tooting horns from cars on the adjacent road. The conversation between this small group of doctors skips between two topics: the contract and Australia. As they speak through scarves and hoods, the temperature across the coast of New South Wales creeps over 20°C, there is a 0% chance of rain. Dr Stone has a plane ticket to Sydney leaving in three weeks. Lewisham University Hospital is not an attractive building. Dr Stone’s broad shoulders silhouette its hard industrial edges as the steam dances from his white polystyrene cup. It begins to rain and he reaches in
Report reveals the NHS needs 50,000 more staff

Report reveals the NHS needs 50,000 more staff

Health, News
The NHS requires an additional 50,000 clinical staff to ensure high-quality and safe healthcare, according to the National Audit Office (NAO). Instead of recruiting long-term replacements for these vacancies, many NHS trusts are using temporary agency staff to fill gaps in rotas. Spending on agency staff increased from £2.2bn to £3.3bn between 2009/10 and 2014/15. Amyas Morse, head of the NAO, said: "These shortcomings are serious and the current arrangements do not achieve value for money." Reasons for the staffing shortfall vary by region, but the NAO highlighted the following: Lack of proactive planning in addressing staffing needs across the country Too little use of overseas recruitment Too few staff using return-to-practise initiatives Tighter immigration rules

BMA urges politicians ‘no more games’ with the NHS

Health, News
The BMA (British Medical Association) has launched a campaign to urge the parties to stop playing politics with the NHS in the run up to the May election. Reporter: Brendan Westhoff  Sub-editor: Jaideep Vaidya As the general election draws closer, the BMA, which is the professional association for doctors in the UK, has called for an open and honest debate about the future of the NHS. “These games have been played with the National Health Service for decades. All political parties have been guilty of it,” says Dr Mark Porter, chairman of the BMA. The campaign followed a survey, which revealed that 77 per cent of participants thought that policies regarding health care are designed to win votes for the political parties and not to do what is best for the NHS. Over three qu