In the news w/e 14 June

Your media headlines roundup, week ending 14 June…

Would you want to be trained by an AI?
CITYA.M. – 7 June 2019
The NHS recently partnered with Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust to provide a digital version of its team-building programmes. Read the full story.

Helen Rollason Cancer Charity needs to find a new home
Bishop’s Stortford Independent – 7 June 2019
A cancer charity’s support centre at Herts and Essex Community Hospital in Bishop’s Stortford has been asked to move out. Read the full story.

NHSE: Cuts need to stop if public health to stay with councils
HSJ – 7 June 2019
The NHS long-term plan had raised the prospect of the NHS taking the three services from local government and NHSE had argued it should do so if they were not better funded through local government. Local government strongly resisted this. Email for the full story.

Radiology at Princess Alexandra Hospital praised for topping targets
Your Harlow – 8 June 2019
THE Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAHT) has been placed among the top six trusts nationwide in a review of radiology reporting standards in NHS organisations. Read the full story.

Latest health guidance missing from alcohol labels
BBC Health – 10 June 2019
In 2016, the UK’s chief medical officers recommended men and women drink no more than 14 units of alcohol a week. Read the full story.

Night owls: Simple sleep tweaks boost wellbeing
BBC Health – 10 June 2019
Tweaking sleeping habits can shift people’s body clocks and improve their wellbeing, say scientists in the UK and Australia. Read the full story.

Advice on safety of gay sex after prostate cancer
BBC Health – 10 June 2019
UK cancer doctors have drawn up guidance for gay men on how long they should abstain from sex before and after prostate cancer treatment. Read the full story.

Exclusive: Naylor criticises new raid on NHS capital budgets
HSJ – 10 June 2019
The first year of the government’s much-vaunted five-year NHS funding deal has been part funded by a fresh raid on cash intended for capital investment in the service’s buildings and facilities, it has emerged. Email for the full story.

Blood donations from men plummet as NHS says they are less motivated by altruism than women
The Telegraph – 10 June 2019
Blood donations from men are plummeting, it emerges, as the NHS says they are less motivated by altruism than women. Read the full story.

NHSE to step in after CCG rewrote teenager’s mortality review
HSJ – 10 June 2019
NHS England is to issue new guidance to clinical commissioning groups in the wake of an alleged cover-up of a teenager’s avoidable death. Email for the full story.

NHS data is worth billions – but who should have access to it?
The Guardian – 10 June 2019
Data is one the areas of interest to commercial players. The NHS database holds the medical records of 65 million people and is drawing the attention of private businesses. Read the full story.

Postcode lottery for speech therapy, says commissioner
BBC Health – 11 June 2019
England’s Children’s Commissioner says that in the top 25% of areas, at least £291.65 a year is spent on children with these needs. In the lowest quarter that drops to £30.94 or less. Read the full story.

Genome sequencing ‘revolution’ in diagnosis of sick children
BBC Health – 10 June 2019
All seriously ill children in England with an unexplained disorder will be eligible for genome analysis, which involves mapping a person’s entire genetic code, from next year. Read the full story.

Ambulance staff win landmark court victory over holiday pay – but trust plans to appeal
Saffron Walden Reporter – 11 June 2019
The ambulance staff – who work across Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire – argued their holiday pay should better reflect the hours they actually worked, and should be calculated including overtime rather than be based solely upon their contracted hours. Read the full story.

Essex Police volunteer to provide domestic abuse alarms for Epping Forest Disitrct Council careline with People’s Choice Award prize money
Epping Forest Guardian – 11 June 2019
The Active Citizen volunteer for Ongar Police station, plans to provide domestic violence alarms for victims throughout the Epping Forest District Council careline service. Read the full story.

Stansted Airport to welcome first ever on-site drive-through
Cateringtoday – 11 June 2019
London Stansted Airport has identified a location on its estate for two new drive-through food and beverage units. Read the full story.

Harlow mum disgusted after being sent letter saying five-year-old daughter is overweight
EssexLive – 11 June 2019
A Harlow mum is disgusted after her five-year-old daughter was deemed overweight by a council-led service. Read the full story.

North Essex Partnership: Review ordered into mental health trust failings
BBC News – 12 June 2019
The ombudsman found care shortcomings by the former North Essex Partnership University Trust (NEP) in the case of two vulnerable young men who died. Read the full story.

GP ‘ghost patients’ to be investigated by NHS fraud squad
BBC Health – 12 June 2019
The NHS fraud squad is investigating GPs in England amid suspicions they are claiming for non-existent patients. Read the full story.

Music festival lighting ‘can trigger epileptic fits’
BBC Health – 12 June 2019
Strobe lighting at music festivals can increase the risk of epileptic seizures, researchers have warned. Read the full story.

CCGs’ IVF bill to increase after cost-cutting decision backtracked
HSJ – 12 June 2019
Four clinical commissioning groups which were planning to cut costs by reducing the number of IVF cycles they fund will now face an increased bill, after rowing back on the decision. Email for the full story.

NHSX chief to replace top clinician on NHS Digital board
HSJ – 12 June 2019
England’s top digital clinician Simon Eccles has stepped down from NHS Digital board and will be replaced by the newly-appointed chief executive of NHSX. Email for the full story.

Safety watchdog hit by poor governance and culture
HSJ – 12 June 2019
Poor governance and cultural problems at the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch have damaged staff morale and led to confused decision making according to multiple whistleblowers, who told HSJ it had also seen major delays to its reports and needed to be “put back on track”. Email for the full story.

Planning Hertfordshire’s mental health and learning disability services for the next five years
Hemel Today – 11 June 2019
The county council 
is to work with Hertfordshire Partnership 
University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT), and the clinicial commissioning 
groups for East and North Hertfordshire, Herts 
Valleys, and Cambridge & Peterborough. Read the full story.

Collaborative five-year plan to deliver mental health and learning disability services for Hertfordshire – 12 June 2019
Hertfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Care and Health, Richard Roberts said: “I am delighted that we can continue with the excellent partnership working that brings a wealth of specialist knowledge across mental health and learning disability. Read the full story.

‘Significant failings’ at former Essex NHS Trust
Heart – 12 June 2019
A series of significant failings were made in the care of two vulnerable patients who died at an NHS mental health trust in Essex, the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) has said. Read the full story.

A mother’s seven-year fight for justice after her son died under mental health care
ITV news – 12 June 2019
Today, the Parliamentary Health Ombudsman agreed with all her points and ordered a government review into his case. Read the full story.

NHS creaking under the strain of record dementia diagnoses
The Times – 13 June 2019
The head of the NHS dementia strategy has warned that the service is struggling to keep up as cases of the degenerative condition surge. Read the full story.

ICS appoints CCG chief as new lead
HSJ – 13 June 2019
Suffolk and North East Essex shadow integrated care system has appointed senior local commissioning leader Ed Garrett as its executive lead. Email for the full story.

Students want parents to be told in mental health crisis
BBC Health – 13 June 2019
Published by the Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi) and Advance HE, this is one of the biggest annual reports into the views of those currently studying in the UK’s universities. Read the full story.

Folic acid: Consultation starts on plan to fortify flour
BBC Health – 13 June 2019
The government is consulting on plans to add folic acid to flour in the UK to help prevent birth defects such as spina bifida. Read the full story.

The worst places for cancer care waits revealed
BBC Health – 13 June 2019
Hospitals are meant to start treatment within 62 days of an urgent referral by a GP in 85% of cases. Read the full story.

Daily Insight: A more realistic spin
HSJ – 13 June 2019
There has also clearly been a decision taken at NHSI and NHS England to start talking loudly about the inadequacy of the capital funding envelope. Email for the full story.

First look at the huge transformation coming to Maldon’s Blackwater Retail Park
EssexLive – 13 June 2019
The retail park is the biggest of its kind ever to open in the town, and now two more big names have been announced. Read the full story.

Local plan in limbo after inspectors call for clarity from new ruling party
Dunmow Broadcast
The future of Uttlesford District Council’s (UDC) local plan is uncertain after inspectors asked for clarity from the council’s new controlling party. Read the full story.

Tattoo parlours pose infection risk, warn health experts
BBC Health – 14 June 2019
At present, anyone in the UK can set up a parlour and offer procedures without proper training, a report from the Royal Society for Public Health says. Read the full story.

Contaminated blood: What caused the NHS scandal?
BBC News – 14 June 2019
The infection of up to 30,000 people with contaminated blood has been called the biggest treatment disaster in NHS history. Read the full story.

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