In the news w/e 16 August

Your media headlines roundup, week ending 16 August …

First mixed-gender St Albans Race for Life an ‘amazing day’
Herts Advertiser – 10 August 2019
Nearly 2,000 people took part in the Race for Life 2019 around Verulamium Park in July to raise more than £100,000 for Cancer Research UK. Read the full story.

Health bosses talk on urgent treatment centres
Harwich and Manningtree Standard – 10 August 2019
Information was given at the North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group patient party, which included a wildlife walk and talks. Read the full story.

Marina Wheeler urges women to take smear tests
BBC Health – 11 August 2019
The estranged wife of Boris Johnson has urged women “to make time” for smear tests after having surgery, following her cervical cancer diagnosis in May. Read the full story.

HRT: UK faces shortage for menopausal women
BBC Health – 11 August 2019
Many of the most commonly prescribed forms of HRT, which helps deal with the symptoms of the menopause, are out of stock in some pharmacies. Read the full story.

Respiratory nurses at PAH want to stop people dying ‘needlessly’ from asthma attacks
Your Harlow – 10 August 2019
AS an asthma charity is reporting this week that people are dying “needlessly” from asthma attacks which could be prevented, nurses at The Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust are reminding their patients of the help and support readily available. Read the full story.

NHS patients waiting over two weeks to see a GP, shows survey
The Guardian – 12 August 2019
The average wait for a routine GP appointment in the UK has risen above two weeks for the first time, according to an annual survey of doctors. Read the full story.

NHS offers wearable technology to help prevent getting type 2 diabetes
ITV – 12 August 2019
Thousands of people at risk of developing type 2 diabetes will receive wearable technology to help them monitor their levels of exercise as part of efforts by the NHS to combat the condition. Read the full story.

Action group makes call for rethink over airport expansion plan
Dunmow Broadcast – 12 August 2019
A campaign group opposed to the proposed expansion at Stansted Airport has called on district councillors to “convert words into deeds” by turning down an application to increase a cap on passenger numbers. Read the full story.

Chlamydia sex infection vaccine passes safety test
BBC Health – 13 August 2019
A vaccine to protect people against the common sexually transmitted infection chlamydia has passed initial safety tests. Read the full story.

‘Considerable risk’ over trust’s future warns NHSI
HSJ – 12 August 2019
Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust has agreed a revamped recovery plan with NHS Improvement amid concerns over its financial and waiting time performance. Email for the full story.

CQC forecasts year-end deficit
HSJ – 12 August 2019
The Care Quality Commission is forecasting to end the current financial year with a deficit of £1.7m. Email for the full story.

NHS declares national emergency over shortage of feed for babies and disabled patients
The Telegraph – 13 August 2019
The NHS has declared a national emergency over shortage of feed for babies and disabled patients, with some patients being told to go to Accident & Emergency departments. Read the full story.

STP plans to axe all trauma services at DGH
HSJ – 13 August 2019
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Sustainability and Transformation Partnership proposes to “redistribute” Hinchingbrooke Hospital’s trauma work to Peterborough City Hospital and Addenbrooke’s Hospital last. Trauma patients occupy just under 10 per cent of the hospital’s beds. Email for the full story.

Exclusive: NHSE declares emergency over IV shortage
HSJ – 13 August 2019
The shortage of intravenous feed supplies affecting hundreds of patients across the country has been declared a national emergency incident by NHS leaders. Email for the full story.

Social-media use ‘disrupting teen sleep and exercise’
BBC Health – 14 August 2019
Using social media isn’t directly harming teenagers – but it can reduce the time they spend on healthy activities, such as sleeping and exercising, a study suggests. Read the full story.

NHS gets £8m payout over drug firm’s anti-competitive practices
The Guardian – 14 August 2019
The NHS has been given an £8m payout from a pharmaceutical firm after an investigation found that it engaged in anti-competitive practices that pushed up the cost of a life-saving drug for the health service. Read the full story.

‘Diva’ doctors threaten patient care, says watchdog
HSJ – 14 August 2019
Medical leaders need to prevent and tackle “problematic subcultures”, which can include groups of “divas” who are viewed as “untouchable”, new General Medical Council research has concluded. Email for the full story.

A record year for community transport scheme
Dunmow Broadcast – 13 August 2019
A charity that helps the elderly and disabled to get out and about all over Uttlesford has carried more passengers on journeys over the past year than ever before – and it’s looking for more. Read the full story.

Increase cases of Group A Streptococcus confirmed by NHS Mid Essex CCG
Epping Forest Guardian – 14 August 2019
An increase in the number of people affected by the Strep A outbreak has been confirmed by the NHS Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). Read the full story.

Southend project to help people with complex mental health needs
Leigh Times Series Times – 14 August 2019
A police officer and two mental health professionals from the Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) will work with individuals who regularly contact the emergency and health services at times of crisis. Read the full story.

Stop cuts to adult social care, petition urges
BBC Health – 14 August 2019
More than 150,000 people have signed a petition calling for urgent action to fix the system that provides care for older and disabled people. Read the full story.

Trusts to get ‘cutting-edge’ cyber security upgrades after £40m deal
HSJ – 14 August 2019
NHS Digital has signed a £40m deal with a multinational technology company in a bid to improve NHS trusts’ cyber security with “cutting-edge technology”. Email for the full story.

Medical leaders must tackle ‘untouchable’ doctors
HSJ – 14 August 2019
Medical leaders need to prevent and tackle “problematic subcultures”, which can include groups of “divas” who are viewed as “untouchable”, new General Medical Council research has concluded. Email for the full story.

Mental health of children being sidelined by NHS changes
Your Harlow – 15 August 2019
MENTAL health of over 180,000 children in East of England in danger of being sidelined under NHS changes Read the full story.

Eight STPs say no ICS until 2021
HSJ – 15 August 2019
Many sustainability and transformation partnerships will leave it to the April 2021 deadline to become integrated care systems, HSJ analysis suggests. Email for the full story.

Harlow hospital’s neonatal unit is aiming for the top
Your Harlow – 15 August 2019
THE neonatal unit at the Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust (PAHT) has received many accolades for its dedicated care – and now it stands a chance of being honoured among the top baby units in the country. Read the full story.

New NHS toolkit to speed up diagnosis of MS and Parkinson’s
Sky news – 16 August 2019
A new NHS initiative aims to produce faster diagnosis for people with brain and nerve conditions. Read the full story.

Patients who cannot eat food ‘fear for lives’
BBC Health – 16 August 2019
Patients who cannot eat have told BBC News they are petrified and fear for their lives after problems making their replacement nutrition. Read the full story.

NHS to scrap standard health MOTs for over 40s
The Telegraph – 16 August 2019
The NHS is to scrap routine health MOTs for over 40s, amid promises to introduce online checks and more “targeted” advice. Read the full story.

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