In the news w/e 17 May

Your media headlines roundup, week ending 17 May…

Ovarian Cancer: How many Harlow women are dying because of poor detection rates? 
Your Harlow – 13 May 2019
Just 38% of women in the area covered by the West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are diagnosed with Stage One or Two ovarian cancer. Read the full story.

Detection rates for Ovarian cancer in Thurrock one of the best in the country
Your Thurrock – 11 May 2019
THE HEALTH service covering Thurrock has one of the best detection rates for ovarian cancer in the country. Read the full story.

Stansted Airport College eyes expansion as 400 youngsters apply for 250 places
Bishop’s Stortford Independent – 10 May 2019
Stansted Airport College has already attracted more than 400 applications for up to 250 vacancies this year. Read the full story.

St Clare Hospice hails an ‘incredible year’ as marathon runners raise thousands of pounds
Dunmow Broadcast – 10 May 2019
A team of nine runners and one wheelchair racer finished the London Marathon raising nearly £25,000 for St Clare Hospice. Read the full story.

County council apologies over botched repair work to key road routes
Saffron Walden Reporter – 10 May 2019
Essex Highways is apologising to drivers and residents who have been delayed by recent surface dressing work on the A134 and A131. Read the full story.

Body image concerns ‘making people suicidal’
BBC Health – 13 May 2019
Concerns about body image are making large numbers of people depressed and even suicidal, a survey suggests. Read the full story.

Heart deaths up for first time in 50 years
BBC Health – 13 May 2019
Deaths from heart and circulatory diseases among people under 75 is on the rise for the first time in 50 years, UK figures show. Read the full story.

Empty Harlow council homes given over to homeless
BBC News – 10 May 2019
Empty council houses are being re-opened in an Essex town as temporary shelters for the homeless. Read the full story.

Trusts use apprenticeship levy to pay and retain student nurses
HSJ – 10 May 2019
Nursing students will be paid during their training in exchange for committing to work for two remote NHS trusts. Email for the full story.

System hosting GP at Hand must find £100m savings
HSJ – 10 May 2019
The alliance of eight clinical commissioning groups in north west London ended the year with a £56.7m deficit – missing its control by over £47m. Email for the full story.

Following the Money: Commissioners vs bidders 
HSJ – 13 May 2019
Service procurement by NHS commissioners has been a hotly-debated topic for as long as this column remembers. Email for the full story.

Octopus Property provides £10m loan for retail space
Mortgage Introducer – 13 May 2019
Specialist property lender Octopus Property will provide international property group Strawberry Star with a £10m 12-month loan to help acquire 110,000 sq ft of retail space in Harlow, Essex. Read the full story.

Hospitals to test mums-to-be for risky group-B strep
BBC Health – 14 May 2019
Screening for a life-threatening bacterial infection affecting newborn babies is to be offered at 80 hospitals in England, Wales and Scotland. Read the full story.

NHS fines for 1.7 million people overturned, watchdog finds
BBC Health – 14 May 2019
“I was panicking, I didn’t know what to do,” said Trisha Costello, who faced a £160 fine after her daughter had gone for a check-up at the dentist. Read the full story.

Mental health spending varies widely across England
BBC Health – 14 May 2019
There is nearly a two-fold difference in mental health spending across England, an analysis suggests. Read the full story.

Visits to Epping Forest to improve mental health
Heart – 14 May 2019
With experts suggesting we should visit forests regularly to improve our mental health – Heart’s been seeing if visitors to Epping Forest think it’s improving their wellbeing. Read the full story.

Caring nurses and midwives celebrated at The Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust
Your Harlow – 14 May 2019
The caring and committed nurses and midwives at Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust in Harlow are proud followers of the outstanding tradition of nursing through the centuries and on Friday there was an opportunity to celebrate this dedicated profession. Read the full story.

Thyroid disease ‘being over-treated’
BBC News – 15 May 2019
Hundreds of thousands of people in the UK are being prescribed thyroid drugs unnecessarily, according to international researchers. Read the full story.

Glucosamine supplements ‘may cut heart risk’
BBC News – 15 May 2019
Glucosamine supplements, better known as a remedy for joint pain, may lower a person’s risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), research suggests. Read the full story.

Frail elderly ‘failed by care deserts’
BBC News – 15 May 2019
The system for looking after frail older people in England is falling apart, with what are being dubbed “care deserts” emerging, a charity says. Read the full story.

Deadline dash forces stricken trust to outsource elective work
HSJ – 15 May 2019
The trust responsible for one in six of the NHS’ year long waiters has been forced to outsource 300 patients to help the service meet a national waiting times target. Email for the full story.

Princess Alexandra Hospital cleaners vote to strike over privatisation plans
Bishop’s Stortford Independent – 15 May 2019
Cleaners at Princess Alexandra Hospital – the general hospital for Bishop’s Stortford – have voted to strike against plans to privatise cleaning services. Read the full story.

Call for total ban on smoking at Herts County council premises
Review St Albans & Harpenden – 16 May 2019
A leading councillor has signalled his determination to consider a total ban on smoking at all council premises. Read the full story.

Council news round-up: Who has been elected to represent Epping Town Council and North Weald Bassett Parish Council
Epping Forest Guardian – 15 May 2019
Several new positions amongst parish and town councils have been elected. Read the full story.

Suntrap Forest Education Centre closing until 2020 for £4.5 million makeover
Epping Forest Guardian – 15 May 2019
A popular outdoor education centre is temporarily closing to undergo a major refurbishment. Read the full story.

Prescribing deer dung and pigeon slippers
BBC Health – 16 May 2019
Cambridge historians are digitising some of their patient records, showing how they prescribed magic as well as medicine. Read the full story.

Cancer: Breakthrough treatments to target drug resistance
BBC Health – 16 May 2019
The world’s first drugs designed to stop cancer cells becoming resistant to treatment could be available within the next decade, scientists have said. Read the full story.

Trust CEO fined over failure to reveal investigation reports
HSJ – 16 May 2019
A trust chief executive has been fined after her organisation failed to disclose serious incident investigations to a coroner.Email for the full story.

NHS emergency blood deliveries could be hit by courier strike
The Guardian – 16 May 2019
About 100 workers for the Doctors Laboratory plan to strike over pay cuts and contract changes. Read the full story.

Spina bifida: Keyhole surgery repairs baby spine in womb
BBC News – 17 May 2019
In a UK first, doctors have used keyhole surgery to repair the spine of a baby with spina bifida while it was still inside the womb. Read the full story.

NHS ‘should not prescribe acne drug’
BBC News – 17 May 2019
The parents of young people who have killed themselves and patients unable to have sex are calling for the NHS to stop prescribing acne drug Roaccutane. Read the full story.

Quintet of STPs to bail out struggling neighbour
HSJ – 17 May 2019
Five sustainability and transformation partnerships in the east of England have been asked to bail out a neighbour facing a major deficit. Email for the full story.

Bowel cancer rates rising ‘among young adults’
BBC News – 17 May 2019
More young people under 50 are being diagnosed with bowel cancer, two studies of the disease in European and high-income countries have found. Read the full story.

Measles: Experts call for compulsory vaccination
BBC News – 17 May 2019
Compulsory measles vaccinations for all children starting primary school may be needed to prevent a resurgence of the disease, experts say. Read the full story.

Pay rise row resolved
HSJ – 16 May 2019
NHS providers will not have to bear the cost of the £50m pay rise for staff delivering public health services. Email for the full story.

Chief nurse helps mental health trust achieve ‘outstanding’ rating
Nursing Times – 16 May 2019
Chief nurse helps mental health trust achieve ‘outstanding’ rating … staff and leaders at Hertfordshire Partnership University Foundation Trust have been … young people “did not spend any more time in hospital than was necessary”. Read the full story.

Change of tone on new health centre for Dunmow
Dunmow Broadcast – 16 May 2019
However, in a letter to UDC dated December 7, 2018, the West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said it does “not support the requirement. Read the full story.

Harlow Terminus House: Another huge 13-storey block of flats could be built next door
Essex Live – 16 May 2019
The hundreds of apartments will be situated just metres away from Terminus House in Harlow – if plans are approved following a consultation. Read the full story.

NHS staff tell parents their son ‘fell from hospital roof’ during A&E visit
Cambridgeshire Live – 16 May 2019
Princess Alexandria Hospital in Harlow, Essex now says that while Anthony was injured after a “suspected fall”, he did not fall from a roof. Read the full story.

Three-storey retirement apartment proposal on Stonards Hill rejected by Epping Town Council
Epping Forest Guardian – 16 May 2019
Epping Town Council’s planning and general purposes committee decided to dismiss the plans to construct the building at their meeting on Tuesday. Read the full story.

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