In the news w/e 5 April

Your media headlines roundup, week ending 5 April…

Hertfordshire and West Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership appoints new director
Bishop Stortford Independent – 30 March 2019
A new clinical and professional director has been appointed to Hertfordshire and West Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership. Read the full story.

Breastfeeding programme wins Unicef praise for Princess Alexandra Hospital
Bishop Stortford Independent – 31 March 2019
The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAHT) has again been hailed as ‘Baby Friendly’ by global children’s champion, Unicef (United Nation’s Children’s Fund). Read the full story.

Schools and NHS could be held accountable over youth crime
BBC Health – 01 April
Teachers, NHS workers and police officers could be held accountable for failing to spot violent crime among young people under government plans announced on Monday. Read the full story.

‘She was so desperate, she swallowed a toothbrush’
BBC Health – 01 April
The government said in 2015 it was committed to reducing inpatient numbers in England by at least 35%, although it has only relocated 20% so far. Read the full story.

Donation recognises Harlow hospital baby unit’s dedicated care
Your Harlow – 30 March 2019
THE wonderful work of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow has been widely recognised with donations from many grateful families, as well as local businesses who support the unit’s marvellous work. Read the full story.

Transgender fertility rules updated by NHS
The Guardian – 31 March 2019
A long-running battle between the NHS and the equality watchdog over transgender people’s right to access fertility services has ended with both sides claiming victory. Read the full story.

NHS to offer mums-to-be new blood test for pre-eclampsia
BBC Health – 2 April 2019
Pregnant women in England will be able to get a new type of blood test to check for the potentially life-threatening condition pre-eclampsia. Read the full story.

What does air pollution do to our bodies?
BBC Health – 2 April 2019
The countdown has begun to the launch of one of the world’s boldest attempts to tackle air pollution. Read the full story.

Most GPs excluded from historical cover under new indemnity scheme
HSJ – 1 April 2019
The government’s new national GP indemnity scheme does not provide universal coverage for historic clinical negligence claims, it was announced today. Email for the full story.

Attempts to ‘subvert’ workforce rules to be investigated as ‘fraud’
HSJ – 2 April 2019
Primary care networks will be investigated for fraud if there is “any suspicion” of deliberate attempts to game the system designed to encourage GPs to take on more staff. Email for the full story.

Minor injuries unit at Cheshunt Community Hospital is under new management
Hertfordshire Mercury – 2 April 2019
New services are thanks to a three-way partnership between Herts Urgent Care (HUC), the Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust (HCT) and Lea Valley Health Federation. Read the full story.

Company unveils plan to build £40million office park in Stansted
Saffron Walden Reporter – 2 April 2019
A new £40million serviced office complex and expanded headquarters for housebuilder Weston Group is to be built in Stansted. Read the full story.

Inside Harlow’s office block ‘human warehouse’ housing
BBC News – 3 April 2019
“It is very scary,” says mother-of-four Melanie Smith, sitting on the sofa which doubles as her bed, a few feet from the oven and sink of her one-room studio. Read the full story.

Debunking vaccination myths for parents
BBC News – 3 April 2019
A growing number of parents are confused about whether to vaccinate their children, with many influenced by “anti-vax” material on social media. Can asking experts questions help one undecided couple find clarity? Read the full story.

Exclusive: CQC shrinks inspector team to free up money for tech
HSJ – 2 April 2019
The Care Quality Commission is to shrink its hospital inspection team as it slashes budgets to release millions to spend on new technology. Email for the full story.

Harlow mum Gemma is fighting Bowel Cancer and urges you: “Don’t Die of Ignorance’
Your Harlow – 2 April 2019
HARLOW mum, Gemma Davis has bowel cancer. To be technical, she has Stage 3 T4N1b Bowel cancer. It was diagnosed Oct 26th 2018. Read the full story.

Record numbers of amputations on NHS amid warnings 1 in 10 will soon suffer type two diabetes
The Telegraph – 2 April 2019
Record number of people are undergoing amputations on the NHS, official figures show, amid warnings that diabetes will soon afflict one in 10 adults. Read the full story.

Strawberry Star Group picks £15.5m Harlow site
Property week -2 April 2019
Strawberry Star Group has acquired a site next to a shopping centre in Harlow, Essex, from Tristan Capital Partners and Addington Capital with a view to developing a £245m scheme. Read the full story.

Stansted Airport welcomes Government decision on planning power
Business Weekly – 3 April 2019
London Stansted Airport has welcomed a decision by the Government that Uttlesford District Council is the right body to determine future growth at the airport. Read the full story.

If we can’t build a new hospital, how come Harlow can?
Watford observer – 3 April 2019
I was quite amused to read the article saying that Watford’s councillors are encouraging new hospital campaigners to get behind West Herts Hospitals Trust’s plans to redevelop Watford General Hospital. Read the full story.

Revealed – The gap in cancer survival rates
East Anglian Daily Times – 4 April 2019
Cancer campaigners have hit out at a ‘postcode lottery’ which sees more people survive the illness in west Suffolk than in east Suffolk and Ipswich. Read the full story.

Sexism, bullying and the NHS
BBC Health – 3 April 2019
GPs Dr Zoe Norris and Dr Katie Bramall-Stainer described how women doctors had been belittled and sexually harassed at British Medical Association events. Read the full story.

Skin cancer: Missing eyelids when using SPF moisturiser a ‘risk’
BBC Health – 4 April 2019
Failing to apply moisturiser with sun protection factor (SPF) and sunscreen properly to the face, particularly around eyes, could be putting people at risk of skin cancer, a study suggests. Read the full story.

The diets cutting one in five lives short every year
BBC Health – 4 April 2019
The food we eat is putting 11 million of us into an early grave each year, an influential study shows. Read the full story.

Staff at Princess Alexandra Hospital report improvements and support in their work
Your Harlow – 4 April 2019
STAFF at the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAHT) feel supported and valued by their managers and able to access development opportunities, a national staff survey shows. Read the full story.

New digital projects will be signed off by NHSX
HSJ – 4 April 2019
NHS commissioners and IT suppliers will need to get sign-off from NHSX for new digital projects, according to fresh details released about the government’s new tech agency. Email for the full story.

Exclusive: CQC slated major central IT programme
HSJ – 4 April 2019
The Care Quality Commission has heavily criticised a major NHS England-led IT project after a review found it to be dysfunctional and at risk of breaking procurement rules. Email for the full story.

Essex graduates have the chance to develop a career in mental health  
Essex TV – April 2019
Working in partnership with Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and Essex County Council. Read the full story.

Basildon and Brentwood therapy services have been privatised, commissioners confirm
Yellow Advertiser – 4 April 2019
THERAPY services in Basildon and Brentwood have been privatised, the NHS has announced. Read the full story.

Stop Stansted Expansion takes Communities Secretary James Brokenshire to judicial review
East London & West Essex Guardian – 4 April 2019
Campaigners against the expansion of Stansted Airport say they will use latest figures showing Ryanair as one of Europe’s biggest polluters in their latest judicial challenge. Read the full story.

Parents being misled over kids’ snacks, says child health expert
BBC Health – 5 April 2019
Parents are at risk of being misled by “manipulative marketing campaigns” and “crafty messaging” on children’s snacks, a child health expert has said. Read the full story.

Even one drink a day increases stroke risk, study finds
BBC Health – 5 April 2019
Even light-to-moderate drinking increases blood pressure and the chances of having a stroke, according to a large genetic study in The Lancet, countering previous claims that one or two drinks a day could be protective. Read the full story.

Revealed: The trusts testing the new A&E targets
HSJ – 4 April 2019
NHS England has selected 14 hospital trusts to test new accident and emergency standards which could replace the four-hour target. Email for the full story.

King’s College hospital trust makes biggest overspend in NHS history
The Guardian – 4 April 2019
A leading London hospital trust is expected to record an annual deficit of between £180m and £191m – the biggest overspend in NHS history, the Guardian can reveal. Read the full story.

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