In the news w/e 28 June

Your media headlines roundup, week ending 28 June…

Firefighters, police and ambulance crews tackle ‘mock emergency’ at airport car park
East Anglian Daily Times – 21 June 2019
Sirens sounded and more than 60 staff and volunteers have taken part in an exercise testing how Stansted Airport would tackle an emergency situation inside its new multi-storey car park. Read the full story.

Welwyn Hatfield politicians fight to stop partial closure of Welwyn Garden City’s urgent care centre
Welwyn Hatfield Times – 21 June 2019
In a letter addressed to the East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which is currently seeking views on closing the QEII at night… Read the full story.

New open space and public realm feature in plans for 8,500-home Harlow garden town scheme
Horticulture Week – 23 June 2019
Plans have been submitted for up to 8,500 homes as part of a planned new garden town to the north of Harlow in Hertfordshire. Read the full story.

Exclusive: NHSE threatened us to protect ‘absurd’ cancer services, says top doctor
HSJ – 24 June 2019
A leading doctor who served on an NHS England group tasked with designing new child cancer standards has told HSJ that changes to soften the proposals were “insisted on” by its officials. Email for the full story.

NHS to open first gambling clinic for children
The Guardian – 24 June 2019
The first NHS gambling clinic for children is opening amid growing concern that the rise of online gaming sites and targeted adverts is fuelling a problem among young people. Read the full story.

Dementia: The drugs that may pose a risk
BBC Health – 24 June 2019
Doctors prescribe them for a wide range of conditions and millions of people in the UK are on them. Read the full story.

PAH’s Kathy Gibbs nominated for top award
Your Harlow – 24 June 2019
HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has expressed his delight that his nomination for the Lifetime Achievement Award in the NHS Parliamentary Awards has been shortlisted. Read the full story.

Twelve died in Essex Strep A outbreak
BBC Health – 25 June 2019
The outbreak began in Braintree and cases have been found around Chelmsford and Maldon, the Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) report said. Read the full story.

Child obesity drive ‘stalled by Brexit’
BBC Health – 25 June 2019
The drive to tackle child obesity has stalled with a raft of measures stuck in Brexit backlog, it is being claimed. Read the full story.

Do you know the hygiene hot spots in your home?
BBC Health – 25 June 2019
People should be focusing on how to prevent harmful microbes from spreading in their homes rather than cleaning the bits that look “dirty”, a Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) report says. Read the full story.

Simon Stevens at meeting which decided not to publish controversial cancer report
HSJ – 25 June 2019
NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens was present at a meeting where a decision was taken not to publish a 2015 report which exposed concerns about children’s cancer care in London, minutes newly released to HSJ show. Email for the full story.

NHS ‘treating minority ethnic doctors as outsiders’
The Guardian – 25 June 2019
A report commissioned by the General Medical Council (GMC), the regulatory body for doctors, talks of “multiple and intricately linked” factors behind the disproportionate number of referrals of doctors from ethnic minorities by their employers. Read the full story.

Improving wellbeing within the NHS
The Guardian – 25 June 2019
“Improving the NHS workforce’s wellbeing” (Society, 19 June) has to be a priority if we are to retain staff across the NHS. Read the full story.

Prostate cancer: New urine test hope
BBC Health – 26 June 2019
An experimental new urine test can reveal if men with early prostate cancer will probably need aggressive therapy or can be left untreated but monitored, UK researchers say. Read the full story.

NHSE plans new controls on expansion of ‘Uber-GP’ service
HSJ – 26 June 2019
NHS England is proposing changes in GP funding and regulation to control the expansion of Babylon’s controversial digital-first GP at Hand service, Simon Stevens has said. Email for the full story.

GPs owe £173m of back rent to property firm, says NAO
HSJ – 26 June 2019
NHS Property Services is owed £173m in back rent by GPs, but does not have powers to collect the debts, a new report has found. Email for the full story.

E-cigarettes: How safe are they?
BBC Health – 26 June 2019
San Francisco has become the first US city to ban sales of e-cigarettes. Yet in the UK they are used by the NHS to help smokers quit – so what is the truth about the safety of e-cigarettes? Read the full story.

Give children ‘less sugar and more veg in baby food’
BBC Health – 27 June 2019
The amount of sugar in baby food should be restricted and parents should give their young children more vegetables to stop them developing a sweet tooth, a report from child health experts says. Read the full story.

Hopes raised of cervical cancer eradication
BBC Health – 27 June 2019
The success of the HPV vaccination offers hope of one day eradicating cervical cancer, say scientists who carried out a major review of evidence. Read the full story.

Safety of health apps to be tested in government “sandbox”
HSJ – 27 June 2019
The regulation of “less than perfectly accurate” health apps is to be overhauled, Matt Hancock’s senior tech advisor has said. Email for the full story.

NHS will force “virtual GPs” to open face-to-face practices in bid to tackle growing crisis
The Telegraph – 26 June 2019
The NHS will force “virtual GPs” to open physical practices in an attempt to address growing shortages of doctors in many parts of the country. Read the full story.

Harlow’s health bosses explain poor rates of detection of ovarian cancer in Harlow
Your Harlow – 26 June 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.

New proposals to control digital GP services like GP at Hand
HSJ – 27 June 2019
Digital primary care services – like the controversial GP at Hand – are set to be required to establish new GP contracts and clinics in each area they want to be a major provider, under new NHS England rules. Email for the full story.

NHSE sets long-term plan priorities
HSJ – 27 June 2019
NHS England has split its priorities between “critical foundations” the service must deliver under “nationally defined” timing and requirements, and other commitments where areas will have “substantial freedoms”. Email for the full story.

Exclusive: NHS money at risk as firm winds up subsidiary and changes name
HSJ – 28 June 2019
NHS hospitals, GP practices and commissioners could lose £4m after a firm providing NHS dermatology services was put into liquidation, according to documents obtained by HSJ Email for the full story.

Prescription drugs ‘contributed to Theresa Feehan’s death’
BBC Health – 28 June 2019
A mum of seven died with toxic levels of prescription drugs in her body after visiting a surgery that had out of date records missing patient conditions. Read the full story.

NHS urges public to check on elderly as weekend temperatures set to soar
Express – 28 June 2019
SIZZLING Britain is expected to see temperatures of 91F (33C) this weekend, with the public urged to look after their vulnerable neighbours. Read the full story.

Generous donation from Harlow Council’s chair’s charity is boost for parents of children in PAH
Your Harlow – 27 June 2019
THE children’s ward at The Princess Alexandra Hospital is benefiting from a generous donation from the Harlow Council Chair’s Charity, which will make it easier for parents to stay with their sick child during their time on the ward. Read the full story.

Kemi Badenoch walks in the shoes of people with learning disabilities
PoliticsHome – 27 June 2019
Kemi Badenoch, local MP for Saffron Walden, has taken up the offer to walk in the shoes of people with learning disabilities as part of a campaign encouraging political leaders to gain a better understanding of the challenges they face. Read the full story.

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