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Alcohol-related disease patients deserve better care

A review on patient deaths has reported that a flippant attitude is being taken by hospital staff towards people who are admitted with alcohol-related disorders and this could result in lives being lost needlessly.

The review is titled as the National Confidential Enquiry Into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD), and the review warns of levels that are not acceptable in regard to care in the health services. The health services has a shortage of specialist doctors, and failures to properly screen and act upon drinking habits and manage acutely ill patients.

From 2016, Britain to regulate e-cigarettes as medicine

From 2016, electronic cigarettes will be regulated by Britain as non-prescription medicines. An attempt to make the quality better is being made, it was stated by the country's drugs watchdog that convenience stores will still have them.

E-cigarettes are a very popular alternative to the actual cigarettes as this battery-driven device allows you to inhale nicotine-laced vapor and attempts to grapple this are being made by healthcare authorities around the world.

Staff gagging orders consume £2m

It has been stated that an amount of £2m has been spent on over 50 gagging orders that bans staff from speaking out.

NHS chief Sir David Nicholson was accused by Tory MP Steve Barclay, who obtained the figures, of falling short of either asking either failing to ask questions about the orders or being `complicit in a cover-up'.

He further added that the entire culture of health services needed a change and following this, Sir David must stand down now. he is scheduled to retire next year.

Professionalism linked to breast cancer

As compared to women who are not professionals and successful, women who are otherwise are prone to breast cancer and stress at work, including prejudice, discrimination, and resistance, could be to blame.

A new research states that the risk of developing breast cancer was 70 per cent higher among professional women.

A research was carried out on women for 55 years. The women were in the age group of thirties and the study started in 1970s. a link was established between cancer and job stress and stated that the risk was more if the job was held longer.

Chlamydia and gonorrhea affect more and more people

In 2011, UK saw about half a million people being diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection called Chlamydia and gonorrhea.

The figures were released by Public Health England, PHE, in 2011 and the figures stated that there were 448,422 diagnoses, this shows there is a rise of five per cent.

A warning has come from health officials seeing the rise in the number of diagnoses about a rising number of people putting themselves at risk through unsafe sex.

Increasing demand impact Britain’s health care

Ever-increasing demand is impacting health care in Britain and it is evident from the fact that from January to March, over 300,000 patients had to wait for over four hours in A&E.

There was a cancellation of about 220 planned operations in less than a day's notice in January, February and March this year, according to the recent figures.

The NHS was getting an indication due to pressures on emergency care and this was stated by the Kings Fund's chief economist John Appleby.

Australia’s central bank sells its stake in scandal-hit note firm Securency

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) on Tuesday confirmed the sale of its stake scandal-hit note printing firm Securency.

RBA announced that it offloaded its 50 per cent stake in Securency and that an independent governance review cleared it of "inappropriate" insight. The bank released the review into the governance of the printing firm and NPA by independent consultancy Cameron Ralph to show that it was cleared of serious oversight issues.

Findus beef lasagne being tested for veterinary drug ‘bute’

UK retailers removed Findus beef lasagne off their store shelves after food watchdog warned that the product contained up to 100 per cent horse and might also contain an animal painkiller.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) said that 11 out of 18 samples Findus beef lasagne checked were found containing 60-100 per cent horse.

The FSA found no evidence that suggested a food safety risk, but it ordered Findus to test beef lasagne for a veterinary drug called phenylbutazone, or bute.

Increase in the number of stays in intensive care

According to a study, there has been an increase in the number of stays in intensive care in the last month of life.

As compared to about 10 years ago, the number of people dying in hospice care is two times in hospital or nursing home. But a study states that hospice is considered as the last resort normally. It is often used by the patients and their families in the last.

Things need a change to ensure Mid-Staffs scandals don’t happen

According to a national patient safety charity, scandals like the Mid-Staffordshire will happen again unless the government implements the Francis Inquiry recommendations. It will file its report next week.

According to Peter Walsh, chief executive of the Association for Victims of Medical Accidents, ministers have already started showing their opposition to changes that the report might recommend. Changes like minimum staffing levels for hospital wards and a legal duty candour that will check the medical staff has started seeing opposition.

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