In the news w/e 7 June

Your media headlines roundup, week ending 7 June…

Journalist ‘no-platformed’ by GPs over Enoch Powell tweet
BBC Health – 01 June 2019
The Royal College of GPs has rescinded Julia Hartley-Brewer’s invitation to speak at its 2019 conference after doctors complained about a tweet defending Enoch Powell. Read the full story.

‘Life is wonderful’ being pain-free after 40 years
BBC Health – 01 June 2019
It was the start of a “horrendous” three years of investigation before “they came to the conclusion through a process of elimination, it was nerve damage” Read the full story.

Workforce plan: Power will be devolved to regions
HSJ – 03 June 2019
Workforce planning policy will be devolved to regional integrated care systems as part of sweeping changes to the way the NHS manages its 1.3 million staff, the long-awaited interim NHS workforce plan has revealed. Email for the full story.

Exclusive: Dido Harding ‘confident’ funding will follow workforce plan
HSJ – 03 June 2019
Baroness Dido Harding has said if NHS boards took culture and staff management as seriously as finance, the service would “shift from a bullying and rotten culture quite quickly”, while stating she is “pretty confident” it will secure extra workforce investment from government later this year. Email for the full story.

Harlow care firm celebrates three years in business and sets sights on expansion
Your Harlow – 01 June 2019
A HARLOW-based provider of domiciliary care to elderly people and others who are potentially vulnerable has notched up three years of looking after clients in their own homes. Read the full story.

Epping Town Council announces bi-monthly competitions at High Street market
Epping Forest Guardian – 3 June 2019
Shoppers who attend a weekly town market will have the chance to win prizes twice a month in new regularly held competitions being launched this month. Read the full story.

Is it time to treat sugar like smoking?
BBC Health – 4 June 2019
From the smoking ban in 2007 to the introduction of plain packaging a decade later, everything has been done to discourage people from taking up the habit. Read the full story.

Can the NHS get all the doctors and nurses it needs?
BBC Health – 4 June 2019
It is one of the biggest challenges for the NHS in all parts of the UK – ensuring there are enough nurses, doctors and other health staff to cope with rising patient demand in future years. Read the full story.

Revealed: Impact of private provider’s ‘hard exit’ from contract
HSJ – 4 June 2019
Patients will see their treatment delayed by a private provider’s “hard exit” from a major treatment centre after a clinical commissioning group chose not to extend its contract for a smoother transition, HSJ can reveal. Email for the full story.

Fifth mental health trust rated ‘outstanding’
HSJ – 4 June 2019
Hertfordshire Partnership University Foundation Trust – which was previously rated “good” – received the rating last month. Email for the full story.

‘Alarming rise in self-harm – but only half get care’
BBC Health – 5 June 2019
A Lancet Psychiatry study found that in 2014, 6% of people had self-harmed, up from 2% in 2000 – with the highest rate in those aged 16-24. Read the full story.

Planned mergers will make two super CCGs
HSJ – 4 June 2019
The eight CCGs cover a population of 2.2 million and have a combined financial allocation of £2.9bn for 2019-20. They make up the North West London Sustainability and Transformation Partnership. Email for the full story.

Three CCGs to merge to form single STP commissioner
HSJ – 5 June 2019
The boards of Coventry and Rugby, Warwickshire North, and South Warwickshire CCGs have all agreed to merge and will now take the proposal to their GP members for a vote. If agreed, the CCGs could merge in April next year. Email for the full story.

Private hospitals safety warning after patient death
HSJ – 5 June 2019
A coroner has issued warnings over safety at private hospitals after a patient referred out of the NHS by his consultant died following surgery. Email for the full story.

Epping Forest ReUse reveal “great night” following first-ever nomination at Essex County Council’s Who Will Care? Awards
Epping Forest Guardian – 4 June 2019
A charity which was nominated for a prestigious Essex County Council award have spoken about their experience of being recognised for their work. Read the full story.

Buckhurst Hill Parish Council elects new chairman and vice-chairman
Epping Forest Guardian – 4 June 2019
The new chairman and vice-chairman for Buckhurst Hill Parish Council have been officially elected. Read the full story.

MP calls for more to be done to increase funding for Uttlesford schools
Saffron Walden Reporter – 4 June 2019
MP for Saffron Walden, Kemi Badenoch, has spoken out about increased pressure on school budgets and called on the Government to increase funding. Read the full story.

Find out about our nutrition work, say Harlow hospital’s dieticians
Your Harlow – 4 June 2019
A group of dieticians at The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAHT) will be finding out exactly what it feels like by spending a whole day being fed by just a tube. Read the full story.

Funding boost will put GP surgeries in Uttlesford in the fast lane
Saffron Walden Reporter – 5 June 2019
GP surgeries across Uttlesford have been handed a £2.1million boost that will allow them to upgrade to ultrafast broadband. Read the full story.

Healthwatch thanks volunteers
Gateway 97.8 fm – 4 June 2019
Health and social care champion Healthwatch Essex will celebrate the difference volunteers make to their community during this year’s Volunteers’ Week, which runs from 1-7 June. Read the full story.

Cleaners call off six days of strikes at Harlow hospital after bosses safeguard jobs
Bishop Stortford Independent – 5 June 2019
The NHS trust which runs the Hamstel Road site, along with Herts and Essex Community Hospital in Bishop’s Stortford, had been market-testing its domestic and catering services with the aim of putting them out to tender. Read the full story.

Procession held to welcome new mayor of Saffron Walden into office
Saffron Walden Reporter – 5 June 2019
As his main charity for the year, Cllr Coote is supporting Team Max the group fundraising for children’s services at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. Read the full story.

Prescribe singing instead of drugs, urges GP
Shropshire Star – 5 June 2019
People living with dementia and their carers attend a music therapy session at the Salvation Army Hall in Saffron Walden, Essex. Read the full story.

Are we more constipated than we think?
BBC Health – 6 June 2019
Doctors and the public are at odds over the symptoms of constipation, leaving some people without the advice or treatment they need, researchers say. Read the full story.

More STPs being ‘milked’ to bail out neighbours
HSJ – 5 June 2019
More health systems are being asked to bail out their neighbours after national regulators introduced new regional financial targets, HSJ has learned. Email for the full story.

CQC tells trusts to publish post-inspection letters
HSJ – 5 June 2019
The Care Quality Commission has re-introduced post-inspection letters for NHS trusts with an expectation that they are made public. Email for the full story.

Severe headache sufferers offered new treatment on NHS
Sky News – 5 June 2019
People who suffer from excruciating cluster headaches are to be offered a new treatment on the NHS which removes the need for pills. Read the full story.

Health bosses likely to back Watford General Hospital revamp ahead of new hospital
Watford Observer – 6 June 2019
The West Herts Hospital Trust and the Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group have previously indicated they intend to bid for £350 million of NHS funding later this year. Read the full story.

Princess Alexandra Hospital domestics win battle against outsourcing
Keep Our NHS Public – 6 June 2019
Domestics at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow have scored a dramatic victory against a threat to outsource their jobs. Read the full story.

Bishop’s Stortford GPs raise cash for cancer and children with muddy challenges
Bishop Stortford Independent – 6 June 2019
Practice partner Dr Sian Stanley and her seven-year-old daughter Alexandra Sherlock Thomas completed Nuclear Races Rookie course, raising £500 for Children in Need. Read the full story.

Large Ebola outbreaks new normal, says WHO
BBC Health – 7 June 2019
The world is entering “a new phase” where large outbreaks of deadly diseases like Ebola are a “new normal”, the World Health Organization warns. Read the full story.

Domestic abuse survivors ‘more at risk of serious mental illness’
BBC Health – 7 June 2019
Women who experience domestic abuse are three times more likely to develop a serious mental illness, Birmingham University research suggests. Read the full story.

NHS drive for diversity in key roles ‘going backwards’
The Guardian – 7 June 2019
Study finds fewer woman and BME people in key jobs at NHS trusts, despite initiatives to improve representation. Read the full story.

London records surge in measles cases
HSJ – 6 June 2019
According to PHE, four clinical commissioning groups in east and north London had the highest number of cases in the first quarter of the year: City and Hackney, Brent, Camden and Tower Hamlets. Email for the full story.

Managers excluded from government’s pension crisis fix
HSJ – 6 June 2019
The government’s impending consultation on a fix for the NHS pension crisis will not extend to managers because there is not enough evidence they are leaving because of tax rules, the Department of Health and Social Care has said. Email for the full story.

Number of homeless in Harlow at lowest since 2010
Your Harlow – 7 June 2019
HOMELESSNESS in Harlow has reached its lowest since 2010, with a reduction of 54 per cent between January 2018 and January 2019, according to figures released by Harlow charity, Streets2Homes. Read the full story.

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