Story highlights Some health systems are exploring the idea of using artificial intelligence One doctor worries it could affect continuity of care for patients (CNN)One morning, Charlie Latuske woke up feverish and somewhat delirious in his home in Surrey in the UK, leaving him unable to function and in need of a doctor. He'd endured a sore throat and general malaise for a few days, believing it would get better, but that morning in August 2017, he knew that he had to do something about it. "I was quite out of it," said 27-year old Latuske, who was also due to go on vacation with his wife in just three days. Short on time, he dreaded the idea of calling his local general practitioner only to wait days or even a week for an appointment, or to wait in a queue for an emergency appointment. "I just needed to be seen without messing around with queues," he said. "When you're that ill, that's the last thing you want to do." Read More These days, this solution is somewhat … [Read more...] about Technology is changing the way you see a doctor, but is that good for your health?
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Northern Ireland villagers call for GP surgery to reopen after 30-mile round trip in order to see their doctor BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Residents in a border village have called for their local GP surgery to reopen after more than a year of 30-mile round trips to see a doctor. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/northern-ireland-villagers-call-for-gp-surgery-to-reopen-after-30mile-round-trip-in-order-to-see-their-doctor-37254179.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/article37254178.ece/7ed10/AUTOCROP/h342/2018-08-27_new_43593166_I1.JPG Email Residents in a border village have called for their local GP surgery to reopen after more than a year of 30-mile round trips to see a doctor. The practice in Roslea, Co Fermanagh, shut in April 2017, leaving locals without a GP for the first time in 170 years. Its closure was another symptom of the demise of the small doctors' practice model within the county due to a surge of retirements and an … [Read more...] about Northern Ireland villagers call for GP surgery to reopen after 30-mile round trip in order to see their doctor
A new “care ISA” designed to help solve the country’s rapidly worsening care crisis has been criticised for only appealing to those who are already well off. The proposed ISA was revealed in last weekend’s Sunday Telegraph, which reports that it would be exempt from inheritance tax (IHT) so that any unused funds would be returned to the account holder’s family on their death without the tax office touching a penny. But the threshold for IHT is £325,000, for couples it’s effectively doubled and people who leave their family home to their children or grandchildren can increase their exemption to £450,000, rising to £500,000 each by 2020. So very few people actually pay any IHT, meaning the incentive to save into a care ISA would be reserved for the wealthiest. “The proposed care ISA inheritance tax break will only benefit a small number of people, with the vast majority unable to allocate money to pay for later life care,” … [Read more...] about Is yet another ISA the answer to the care crisis?
THE PRIME Minister’s recent pledge to increase the National Health Service budget by £20bn a year may have been an attempt to win over voters and distract the public from cabinet rows, Tory rebels, and near constant complaints about her handling of Brexit. Instead, the announcement drew fresh criticism about how the proposed funding increase, equivalent to 3.4 per cent a year, was still far short of the four per cent rise experts say the service needs. It ignited warnings of another crisis come winter, and brought fresh scrutiny onto the NHS. Putting aside how Theresa May will afford this present to the NHS ahead of its seventieth birthday on 5 July, questions are rightly being asked about the best use of the money. How can NHS organisations continue to increase productivity and efficiency, reduce waste, and improve health outcomes for patients? Technology is probably on May’s mind. Her budget announcement came hot on the heels of a speech she made late last month, … [Read more...] about Doctor’s orders: how tech can help the NHS
A string of inquests have been put on hold after a coroner ordered an expert opinion into a senior Manchester doctor carrying out post mortems. Concerns were raised about Dr Khalid Ahmed’s work around 18 months ago by north Manchester coroner Joanne Kearsley. She then commissioned a review of a sample of his post mortems, which found his reports to be ‘inadequate’ and that most of them had given an ‘incorrect’ cause of death. Until earlier this year Dr Ahmed worked as a consultant histopathologist for Pennine Acute NHS Trust, a senior medical role in which he helped to diagnose patients. At the same time he also performed post mortems for the north Manchester coroner’s office, which covers a similar area to Pennine. Once concerns were raised in 2017, Pennine Acute began auditing the quality of his NHS work, while Professor Simon Kim Suvarna, a consultant histopathologist at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, was called in to look into a sample of Dr … [Read more...] about Inquests put on hold after coroner raises concerns over doctor’s reports