British expats in Spain have staged a huge anti-Brexit protest, slamming Boris Johnson's 'terrible' deal and calling for a second referendum. More than 2,000 people took to the streets of La Línea de la Concepción, near the border of British overseas territory Gibraltar, to voice their anger about the supposed negative effects of the UK's withdrawal from the EU on southern Spain. Protesters claimed Brexit would be dangerous for Britons and Spaniards in Spain - should the Prime Minister stick to his 'do or die' pledge to leave by October 31. 'Brexit is already having an effect,' British expat Lucy, 63, told MailOnline. More than 2,000 people took to the streets of La Línea de la Concepción, near the border of British overseas territory Gibraltar to protest on Saturday Protesters were voicing their anger about the negative effects of the UK's withdrawal from the EU on southern Spain Several organisations joined together to march under the … [Read more...] about British expats in Gibraltar stage huge anti-Brexit protest as they slam Boris Johnson’s ‘terrible deal’ and call for second referendum
A UK-wide shortage of psychiatrists is forcing children with eating disorders and other troubled young people to wait longer for NHS care, it has been claimed. About one in 10 consultant psychiatrist posts are unfilled and the rate of vacancies has doubled in the last six years, a major workforce survey by the Royal College of Psychiatrists found. Services for those with eating disorders, under-18s with mental health issues and mothers struggling after the birth of a child are experiencing particular shortages, data collated by the college shows. Prof Wendy Burn, the college’s president, said the findings were “very alarming” and raised doubts as to whether ambitious government plans to improve mental healthcare would be delivered. The report warns that increasing gaps in the psychiatry workforce “come at a time of soaring demand for mental healthcare, with a shortage of psychiatrists contributing to the lengthy waits for treatment many patients face. The impact … [Read more...] about Mental healthcare hit by ‘alarming’ shortage of psychiatrists
A lot of people are gunning for Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts as she runs the gauntlet to the top of the Democratic presidential field. So many wonder why Warren is “vague” on healthcare financing, as Senator Amy Klobuchar enunciated emphatically during the last TV debate. It’s simple. Warren left herself enough wiggle room on healthcare to drive a Mack truck through so she can tack to the center for the general election. She supports single-payer insurance, no question. But what does she think in detail about private health insurance, or how her version of Medicare for All will be financed? “Understand,” the teacher repeats like a mantra. Costs will go down for average folk but up for the mega-wealthy and “big corporations”. Warren toes that line with great discipline and balance. Nothing on taxes. Does she really want to abolish Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield, my insurance provider with the $5,000 deductible? Warren wants to wipe … [Read more...] about Why is Elizabeth Warren vague on healthcare? To allow herself wiggle room
Dr Karen DeSalvo (pictured), a former official in the Health and Human Services Department under President Barack Obama, has been hired as Google Health's first chief health officer Google announced on Thursday that it has hired its first chief health officer as the tech company take a deeper dive into the healthcare industry. Dr Karen DeSalvo, a former health official who worked under the Obama administration, was named the new head of Google Health. Google Health is a personal record service that allows users to store and manage their healthcare information online. DeSalvo has spent the last two years teaching medicine and population health at the University of Texas at Austin's Dell Medical School, reported CNBC. This is the second former federal health official hired by Google. Last month, Google's parent company, Alphabet, hired former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Robert Califf to lead Google Health's strategy and policy team. Both Califf and DeSalvo … [Read more...] about Google appoints its first chief health officer, who was once an official in the Obama administration, as the company takes a deeper dive into the healthcare industry
When a pharmaceutical company raised the price of an essential medicine to unacceptable levels, there was only one thing for pharmacist Marleen Kemper to do: start making it herself. When Kemper was in primary school, she had watched two of her classmates get ill. One had a brain tumour, the other contracted an infection in his gut. Both of them died. Kemper was about 10 at the time, and knew she did not want to see another friend perish. She told her parents she wanted to do something that would prevent others dying. She wanted to be a doctor. But training is hypercompetitive in the Netherlands, where Kemper grew up. She didn’t quite have the grades. She liked chemistry, so chose a career in pharmacy instead. She studied for six years and did a residency for another four. She is now a highly respected hospital pharmacist based at Amsterdam UMC’s Academic Medical Centre, a cavernous building crafted out of concrete on the south-east fringe of the Dutch capital. To … [Read more...] about DIY drugs: should hospitals make their own medicine?