In the news w/e 12 April

Your media headlines roundup, week ending 12 April…

Stolen funds returned to NHS
PublicFinance – 5 April 2019
An NHS trust was repaid £1.2m after a major fraud against UK public bodies, the NHS Counter Fraud Authority has disclosed. Read the full story.

Airport growth critics hit out at Ryanair pollution rise
East Anglian Daily Times – 5 April 2019
A row over whether Stansted Airport should expand has escalated – as campaigners plan to use figures suggesting Ryanair is one of Europe’s biggest polluters in their latest judicial challenge. Read the full story.

Epping Forest District Council announces candidate’s for May 2019 district, town and parish elections
Epping Forest Guardian – 5 April 2019
Voters will go to the polls on Thursday, May 2 where the following seats fr parish, town and district councillors in the borough are up for election. Read the full story.

Business boosts Princess Alexandra Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Bishops Stortford Independent – 6 April 2019
All 45 nurses at Princess Alexandra Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) have been trained by leading baby care charity BLISS – a first such achievement nationwide. Read the full story.

Stansted Airport staff devote more than 7,000 hours to helping good causes
Bishops Stortford Independent – 6 April 2019
Staff at Stansted Airport have clocked up over 7,000 hours volunteering in the community over the past 12 months. Read the full story.

Tens of millions in STP tech funding held back
HSJ – 8 April 2019
More than £35m of central tech funding for NHS providers was held back last year, with at least one region losing out after local organisations failed to reach a financial deal. Email for the full story.

NHS patients have cancer scans cancelled after supplier problems
The Guardian – 7 April 2019
Concerns have been raised that problems related to the supply of a substance used to screen for cancerous cells is causing delays for NHS patients in England, with many exposed to repeated cancellation of scans at short notice. Read the full story.

Use a ‘greener’ inhaler if you can, patients told
BBC News – 8 April 2019
Around 70% of inhalers used in the UK are the types that have high levels of greenhouse gases – compared to around 10% in Sweden. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence says “environmentally-friendly” dry powder inhalers contain 25 times less pollutants. Read the full story.

Breast implants banned in France for cancer risk still on sale in UK
Independent – 5 April 2019
Breast implants banned this week in France because of their cancer risk will continue to be sold in the UK, the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has confirmed. Read the full story.

Defrauded Lincolnshire NHS trust is paid back £1.2m
Louth Leader – 9 April 2019
A payment of £1.2 million has been received by Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, as a result of a Proceeds of Crime compensation order and collaboration between agencies to tackle fraud. Read the full story.

Record-breaking month for Stansted Airport
East Anglian – 9 April 2019
Stansted Airport saw 2.11 million passengers pass through the airport in March, up 6.1% on the same month in 2018. Read the full story.

Harlow MP describes office block re-housing as ‘social cleansing’
BBC News – 8 April 2019
The government is reviewing its policy of allowing the conversion of offices into homes without planning permission. Read the full story.

Children’s mental health services ‘postcode lottery’
BBC Health – 10 April 2019
Spending on children’s mental health services – such as school counsellors and drop-in centres – has fallen in real terms in more than a third of areas in England, a report shows. Read the full story.

NHS England confirms funding for major national programme
HSJ – 9 April 2019
NHS England says a further year’s funding will be available for a major national programme, amid doubts from local commissioners. Email for the full story.

Capacity concerns over cancer pilot
HSJ – 10 April 2019
NHS England has “questions to answer” about its lung cancer scanning pilots, as concerns have been raised over whether there will be enough diagnostic capacity to cope with the expected increase in referrals. Email for the full story.

Harlow deaf woman offered a job at a hospital that was then withdrawn
Your Harlow – 10 April 2019
LACEY-Rose Saamanthy, from Harlow was offered a job in a cafe at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford after a successful interview reports the BBC. Read the full story.

Harlow’s parliamentary candidate backs domestic staff campaign at PAH
Your Harlow – 10 April 2019
LAURA McAlpine, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate is calling for the Chief Executive of Princess Alexandra Hospital to reconsider plans to outsource the Domestic Services and Estates staff resource at the hospital. Read the full story.

Private hospitals must share more data with NHS, says top surgeon
The Guardian – 10 April 2019
The leader of the UK’s surgeons is calling for private hospitals to be encouraged to publish information on their safety to prevent another scandal like the one involving jailed breast cancer surgeon Ian Paterson. Read the full story.

‘Two-tier system’ as NHS patients miss out on medical cannabis
The Guardian – 9 April 2019
NHS patients are being refused access to medical cannabis while private doctors prescribe it, in an emerging “two-tier system”, experts and campaigners have said. Read the full story.

Wetherspoons back ambulance service’s anti-abuse campaign
East Anglian Daily Times – 11 April 2019
During 2017-18 there were more than 1,000 incidents reported by staff from the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST), including 252 incidents of physical abuse. Read the full story.

‘Three-person’ baby boy born in Greece
BBC Health – 11 April 2019
Fertility doctors in Greece and Spain say they have produced a baby from three people in order to overcome a woman’s infertility. Read the full story.

Brexit: UK and EU agree delay to 31 October
BBC News – 11 April 2019
European Union leaders have granted the UK a six-month extension to Brexit, after five hours of talks in Brussels. Read the full story.

Health Secretary bids to reassure EU citizens working in NHS
Epping Forest Guardian – 10 April 2019
European staff in the health service will be supported to stay in Scotland regardless of the outcome of Brexit, Jeane Freeman has said. Read the full story.

Revealed – The £70m bill for medical mistakes at our hospitals
East Anglian – 12 April 2019
Compensation payouts for medical mistakes at Suffolk and north Essex hospitals have cost the NHS nearly £70m, we can reveal today. Read the full story.

Fresh row erupts over expansion of Stansted Airport
Halstead Gazette – 11 April 2019
CAMPAIGNERS say plans to expand Stansted Airport are being rushed through at the last minute ahead of the upcoming elections in May. Read the full story.

Spring brings no respite for NHS in England
BBC Health – 11 April 2019
The start of spring has brought little respite for the NHS in England, with A&E departments still struggling. Read the full story.

Fewer people injured in violent attacks – A&E data study
BBC Health – 12 April 2019
Overall levels of violence in England and Wales are on the decline, in spite of an increase in knife crime, a study of A&E data suggests. Read the full story.

Give women more consistent abortion service, NHS told
BBC Health – 12 April 2019
Abortion services in England must provide a more consistent service to women, the NHS says. Read the full story.

Super partnership prepares to lead GP networks nationally
HSJ – 11 April 2019
A GP super partnership is setting itself up to run the bank and back office services for new primary care networks in England, its chief executive has told HSJ. Email for the full story.

Patients’ choice of provider must be defended, says NHSE leader
HSJ – 12 April 2019
Choice of provider remains “fundamental” and integrated care systems will “fail” if they do not offer it, according to a senior NHS England director. Email for the full story.

Critical shortage of Breast Pumps at Princess Alexandra Hospital
Your Harlow – 11 April 2019
PRINCESS Alexandra Hospital (PAH) in Harlow has made an urgent plea for people to return great pumps as soon as possible. Read the full story.

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