In the news w/e 24 May

Your media headlines roundup, week ending 24 May…

Surgeons warn of serious hand injuries from dog leads and collars
BBC News – 24 May 2019
Surgeons are warning dog owners not to wrap leads around their fingers or wrist because of the dangers of serious hand injury. Read the full story.

Mumps and measles cases in England prompt vaccine call
BBC News – 24 May 2019
A significant increase in mumps cases and continuing outbreaks of measles in England have led to calls for people to ensure they are immunised. Read the full story.

Migraines: Calls for ‘life changing’ drug Aimovig on NHS in England
BBC News – 24 May 2019
People who suffer from chronic migraines are calling for a new drug to be offered on the NHS in England. Read the full story.

CCG chief and council director to jointly lead STP
HSJ – 23 May 2019
Senior health and social care leaders have been jointly appointed to head Hertfordshire and West Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership. Email for the full story.

Commissioners’ strengths need to be protected, says NHSCC
HSJ – 23 May 2019
Clinical commissioning groups’ “unique strengths” should not be brushed aside in the development of system working and other approaches to integrated care, the CCG representative body said today. Email for the full story.

Aspirin ‘safe’ for brain-bleed strokes
BBC News – 22 May 2019
Patients who have had a stroke caused by bleeding in the brain can safely take aspirin to cut their risk of future strokes and heart problems, according to a new study. Read the full story.

I lost my arms and legs – stop it happening to others
BBC Health – 22 May 2019
A man who woke from a coma to discover both his arms and legs had been amputated and part of his face removed has called for mandatory training on sepsis for NHS staff. Read the full story.

NHS failure to agree child sepsis alert system ‘risking lives’
The Guardian – 22 May 2019
Thousands of children have died or been left disabled because NHS bosses have dithered for at least a decade over introducing a checklist to spot sepsis, nurses and campaigners have claimed. Read the full story.

Exclusive: Hiring 5,000 extra overseas nurses a year still likely to leave NHS short-staffed
HSJ – 22 May 2019
Even “optimal delivery” of international recruitment efforts would leave the NHS short of nearly 19,000 nurses by 2023-24, according to analysis carried out by the Department of Health and Social Care, HSJ has learned. Email for the full story.

Whorlton Hall: Hospital ‘abused’ vulnerable adults
BBC Health – 22 May 2019
The abuse and mistreatment of vulnerable adults at a specialist hospital has been uncovered by the BBC’s Panorama programme. Read the full story.

Social care and health leaders join forces to head Hertfordshire and West Essex STP
Hertfordshire County Council – 22 May 2019
Paul Burstow, Hertfordshire and West Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership’s independent Chair, has announced the appointment of a job-share partnership of senior health and social care leaders to navigate the next steps towards an improved, integrated health and care system for our area’s 1.5 million residents. Read the full story.

Chelmsford Linden Centre patient with Asperger’s claims staff are ‘not trained to deal with autistic patients’
EssexLive – 22 May 2019
The former patient believes other patients are going under the radar ‘Staff are not properly trained at Chelmsford mental health centre’. Read the full story.

Paralympian star Anne Wafula-Strike MBE officially opens first ever Rotary East London and Essex DisAbility Games
Epping Forest Guardian – 22 May 2019
The free athletic activities were held at Ongar Leisure Centre which were sponsored by seventeen local Rotary Clubs, including Redbridge, Woodford, Roding and Epping, and Epping Forest District Council. Read the full story.

Free mobile app aims to combat suicide in Hertfordshire
Bishop’s Stortford Independent – 22 May 2019
A life-saving App called “Stay Alive” designed to help people stay mentally well has been launched in Hertfordshire. Read the full story.

‘Broken’ care system for most vulnerable
BBC Health – 21 May 2019
Patients with mental health problems, autism and learning disabilities are being let down by a “broken” care system, a report warns. Read the full story.

Rise in death of under-75s from stroke and heart disease in East and North Hertfordshire
The Comet – 21 May 2019
Hundreds of under-75s have died from stroke and heart disease in East and North Hertfordshire in recent years as progress in reducing death rates for the conditions slows, new figures show. Read the full story.

Sir David Nicholson to chair STP
HSJ – 21 May 2019
Sir David Nicholson has been appointed the chair of a West Midlands sustainability and transformation partnership, HSJ can reveal. Email for the full story.

Too many children in mental health hospitals, says report
BBC Health- 20 May 2019
Research for the Children’s Commissioner for England found children were often unable to get appropriate support at school and in the community. Read the full story.

Staff shortages ‘abusing good will of nurses’
BBC Health- 20 May 2019
The good will of nurses in England is being abused by politicians who have failed to get to grips with a desperate shortage of staff, nurse leaders say. Read the full story.

CQC praises Bishop’s Stortford team as Herts Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust gets outstanding rating
Bishop’s Stortford Independent – 20 May 2019
Mental Health and learning disability teams based in Bishops Stortford, Buntingford, Cheshunt, Hertford, Hoddesdon and Ware have contributed to an overall outstanding rating for the Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust. Read the full story.

Essex carers pictured ‘sleeping on duty’ at mental health units while supervising vulnerable patients
EssexLive – 20 May 2019
The shocking photos were taken at different mental health units around Essex under the operation of the Essex Partnership University Trust (EPUT). Read the full story.

Why spend on borough of culture when we need social care?
Epping Forest Guardian – 20 May 2019
Labour councillors in Waltham Forest decided to risk hundreds of thousands on bidding to be the borough of culture. Read the full story.

Online GP service suspends appointments for children
HSJ – 20 May 2019
An online GP consultation service has suspended all appointments for under-18s. Email for the full story.

Private supplier drops NHS contract with just five days’ notice
HSJ – 20 May 2019
A troubled private company has terminated a contract to provide dermatology services two months early and at very short notice, HSJ has learned. Email for the full story.

Capita blunder hits 130,000 patient records
HSJ – 20 May 2019
Tens of thousands of patient records have been wrongly archived instead of being sent to GPs when patients registered with their practice, it emerged today. Email for the full story.

Stevenage mental health teams rated outstanding
The Comet – 17 May 2019
Mental health and learning disability teams in Stevenage and Hitchin , have been rated outstanding by health watchdog the Care Quality Commission. Read the full story.

Election shock welcomed by anti-Stansted expansion campaigners
Braintree and Witham Times – 17 May 2019
The Residents For Uttlesford group won 26 of the 39 seats on Uttlesford Council, snatching an astonishing 17 from the Tories, at the local elections. Read the full story.

Four new ‘Bereavement Cafés’ to open by St Clare Hospice to help grief-stricken residents
Epping Forest Guardian – 17 May 2019
St Clare Hospice in Hastingwood will monthly meet-up points in Chigwell, Ongar, Nazeing and Harlow for those facing the loss of a loved one. Read the full story.

Trusts bid to take on CCG budgets
HSJ – 17 May 2019
Three London trusts are in talks with clinical commissioning groups to take on responsibility for local mental health budgets, HSJ can reveal. Email for the full story.

PAH staff to host Clinical Trials Day at Harvey Centre
Your Harlow – 17 May 2019
Hundreds of patients have benefited from taking part in clinical trials at Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust. Read the full story.

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