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NHS: Distant Care Leads to More Suicides

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Hours after being released from a secure psychiatric facility, Jeffrey Barry stabbed, mutilated and killed his neighbour, a Kurdish refugee he had met in shared support accommodation. Weeks before the murder, Barry told psychiatric staff that he wanted to hurt people, even naming his eventual victim whom he’d attacked before. And yet he was still released, resulting in Kamil Ahmad’s…

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NHS: Poorest Hit by Surgery Smoking and Weight Ban

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Plans to deny obese patients and smokers access to non-essential surgery go against the principles of the NHS by hitting some of the most vulnerable people in society. The cost-cutting measure proposed by East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group would push those who can afford it to resort to private healthcare but the poorest patients would be forced to…

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NHS: Are Female Surgeons Better?

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Anyone undergoing surgery wants to know what will increase their survival chances and reduce the risk of complications. Many factors affect the outcome, from hospital and staff to overall health and diagnosis but now there’s another element to consider: gender. New evidence published by the British Medical Journal suggests the gender of the surgeon could have an effect on the…

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NHS: Crackdown On Staff Refusing Flu Jab

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NHS staff who refuse to have the flu vaccine ahead of this winter are to be forced to explain themselves as they risk the lives of chronically ill and frail patients. Too many healthcare workers are refusing the preventative treatment, largely because of myths about the vaccine or their own faith in either infection control practices or a healthy lifestyle.…

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NHS: Youngest in Class Wrongly Labelled ADHD

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The youngest children in a class are more likely to be misdiagnosed with ADHD simply because they are less mature and more impulsive than their classmates, a new study suggests. Children who are bored and fidgety – or downright naughty – are being wrongly diagnosed with a behavioural disorder when they are simply younger and less mature than their peers.…

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NHS: Fury at Jeremy Hunt’s A&E Proposal

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Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s suggestion of stopping walk-in patients attending hospital emergency departments has prompted complete bewilderment and anger from people waiting to be treated at one such department, at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital. “What is the man thinking of, is he some kind of dunderhead?” asked Joyce Harbutt, who was heavily pregnant and frantically seeking help for a…

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NHS: System Neglects Fathers After Child Loss

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Men share their partners’ grief when a baby dies but they often face a very different challenge in coming to terms with one of the greatest pains anyone can suffer. The loss of a child. A coalition of 40 charities has called for radical improvements to birth bereavement services, labelling today’s support measures a “postcode lottery”. Fewer than half (46%) of maternity…

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