In the news w/e 26 July

Your media headlines roundup, week ending 26 July…

‘Outstanding’ health commissioners rated among best in country
East Anglian Daily Times – 20 July 2019
The NHS organisations responsible for commissioning health care services in east and west Suffolk have both been rated ‘outstanding’. Read the full story.

The number of people hurt in horror street racing crash has risen
Cambridgeshire Live – 19 July 2019
The number of people injured in a horrific street racing crash that saw two cars smash into crowds of onlookers has risen, police have said. Read the full story.
Maps show the 18 most radioactive parts of Essex based on Government research
Essex Live – 21 July 2019
A huge study on radioactivity in the UK has revealed which areas of Essex contain the most Radon. Read the full story.

Essex Weather: What the Met Office says about next week’s 30C heatwave
BBC News – 21  July 2019
Temperatures are expected to reach over 30 degrees in parts of Essex next week which will be warmer than popular tourist destinations in Europe. Read the full story.
Celebrity soccer match raises funds to help three-year-old Archie beat cancer
Jersey Evening Post – 21 July 2019
A good-natured clash between two teams of celebrity footballers has raised thousands of pounds to help a three-year-old boy with a rare form of cancer. Read the full story.

Women ‘must be warned’ of breast implant illness
BBC Health – 22 July 2019
Women having breast implants should be warned about a condition linked to chronic pain and extreme fatigue, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) has said. Read the full story

Top tips for staying cool in a heatwave
Epping Forest Guardian – 22 July 2019
Public Health England (PHE) is urging people to stay cool as temperatures soar and has reminded them not to leave children or animals in parked cars. Read the full story.

NHS hires new deputy chief people officer
HSJ – 22 July 2019
NHS England and NHS Improvement have appointed a former chief nurse as deputy chief people officer, it has been announced. Email for the full story.

Controversial ‘friends and family’ question dropped
HSJ – 22 July 2019
NHS providers will no longer be required to ask patients whether they would recommend their service to ”friends and family”, and rules on when they must ask mandatory experience questions will be lifted, NHS England has decided. Email for the full story.

HEE scraps ‘essential’ nursing review
HSJ – 22 July 2019
A much-anticipated review of community nursing has been scrapped after internal complaints were raised by members of the advisory panel. Email for the full story.

UK newborn baby screening ‘not good enough’
BBC Health – 23 July 2019
UK babies are missing out on checks for rare but serious health conditions, putting lives at risk, according to a report from the charity Genetic Alliance UK. Read the full story.

Pledge to end smoking in England by 2030
BBC Health – 23 July 2019
The government is pledging to end smoking in England by 2030 as part of a range of measures to tackle the causes of preventable ill health. Read the full story.

Revealed: Nearly half of CCGs planning mergers for 2020
HSJ – 23 July 2019
Nearly half of clinical commissioning groups are proposing to merge next year in what would be the biggest cull of NHS organisations for more than a decade, HSJ can reveal. Email for the full story.

Mapped: Sweeping CCG mergers planned for next year
HSJ – 23 July 2019
HSJ’s map shows the 86 clinical commissioning groups proposing mergers in 2020, in what looks set to be the largest NHS consolidation for more than a decade. Email for the full story.

RED ALERT UK heat wave – NHS top 10 tips to stay safe as ‘deadly African plume’ makes temperatures feel like 44C
The Sun – 23 July 2019
THOUSANDS are at risk of deadly heart and breathing problems as the African plume heatwave hits the UK, experts have warned. Read the full story.

Essex strep A outbreak deaths rise to 13
BBC Health – 23 July 2019
Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said two cases found in the West Essex CCG area had been linked to the outbreak. Read the full story.

Heatwave warning – local NHS issues essential advice
Your Harlow – 23 July 2019
Dr Christine Moss, local GP and Clinical Director at NHS West Essex CCG said… Read the full story.

News Daily: Johnson to become prime minister and heatwave gets hotter
BBC News – 24 July 2019
Boris Johnson will become prime minister early this afternoon. Theresa May will take part in her final Prime Minister’s Questions at 12:00 BST Read the full story.

Who are the smokers that haven’t quit?
BBC Health – 24 July 2019
In 1974, almost half of all adults in the UK smoked. For many, spending time in smoke-filled homes, pubs and workplaces was simply a part of daily life. Read the full story.

Further fatality in Essex outbreak of deadly strain of Strep A
Nursing Times – 24 July 2019
A 13th patient has died in an outbreak of invasive Group A streptococcus in Essex mainly affecting older people being treated for chronic wounds in the community. Read the full story.

Essex Strep A outbreak: Three new cases of bacteria infection as death toll rises to 13
EssexLive – 24 July 2019
The NHS Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), leading an investigation into the outbreak, has sadly revealed that one more person has died, with two more patients thought to be infected. Read the full story.

Early MS scans ‘can predict long-term prognosis’
BBC Health – 25 July 2019
Scans carried out when someone is first diagnosed with multiple sclerosis can predict their long-term prognosis, research has shown. Read the full story.

Hancock remains health secretary
HSJ – 24 July 2019
The new prime minister has kept Matt Hancock as health and social care secretary despite making major changes to the rest of the Cabinet. Email for the full story.

Parents ‘missing out on new baby health visits’
BBC Health – 25 July 2019
About one in four new parents in England is not seeing a health visitor when their baby turns one, increasing the risk of mental health problems going unnoticed, the NSPCC says. Read the full story.

How do you tell if your child is struggling with their mental health or developing an eating disorder?
East Anglian Daily Times – 25 July 2019
You may have read recent headlines about government plans for every new teacher in England to be trained so they can spot early warning signs of mental health, writes Andy Brogan, Deputy Chief Executive of Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, part of the Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System. Read the full story.

Strep A outbreak across Essex claims 13 lives
Epping Forest Guardian – 25 July 2019
Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said two cases found in the West Essex CCG area had been linked to the outbreak. Read the full story.

GENE FREEBIE Five million Brits will be able to have their genes tested for free on the NHS
The Sun – 25 July 2019
Volunteers will have their DNA analysed for free under the ambitious five-year plan. Read the full story.

Doctors demand NHSE reconsider ‘watered down’ CCG merger rules
HSJ – 25 July 2019
Doctors have demanded NHS England review how clinical commissioning group merger decisions are being made amid concern they are going ahead without clear approval from GPs. Email for the full story.

Ovarian cancer drug olaparib ‘can delay disease in newly diagnosed’
BBC Health – 26 July 2019
A drug for advanced ovarian cancer has been approved for use in newly diagnosed patients in England, after a trial showed it could delay progression of the disease for three years. Read the full story.

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