NHS Norfolk Action Group protest march in Norwich. Picture: ANTONY KELLY Archant Norfolk 2017 It is an organisation which is ever-changing and one the British public hold close to their hearts. And as the NHS looks set for another unpredictable few years, health correspondent Geraldine Scott explores the various non-NHS organisations which make up Norfolk and Waveney’s heath service. IC24 111 call centre. Picture: ANTONY KELLY A debate has been sparked about the privatisation in the health service as the number of non-NHS organisations providing care and services in Norfolk was revealed. Concern was raised in February when board papers from the region’s mental health trust suggested Richard Branson’s Virgin Care could be interested in running children’s mental health services in Norfolk. And although commissioners were quick to rubbish the “unfortunate speculation” it shone a spotlight on the non-NHS firms providing health services in Norfolk. … [Read more...] about Privatisation debate sparked as number of non-NHS providers in Norfolk is revealed
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Tomorrow is May 1 and with this comes ‘May Day’, an ancient northern hemisphere spring festival and a traditional spring holiday in many cultures around the globe. The perception of May Day varies as in the late 19th century, May Day was chosen as the date for International Workers' Day by the Socialists and Communists of the Second International, in order to commemorate the Haymarket affair in Chicago.However, although International Workers' Day may also be referred to as ‘May Day’, it is a different celebration from the traditional May Day which dates back to thousands of years ago.The origins of May DayThe earliest May Day celebrations appeared with the Floralia, festival of Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers. During the Roman Republic era, this was held on April 27 and with the Walpurgis Night celebrations of the Germanic countries. It is also associated with the Gaelic Beltane, which is most commonly held on April 30.The day was originally a traditional … [Read more...] about The origins and traditions of May Day: Why and how do we celebrate it?
Lives are being put at risk by delays to essential chemotherapy treatment and a shortages of cancer nurses, medical leaders have warned. As many as 15 per cent of cancer nursing roles are unfilled in parts of England with the result that the remaining staff are being “run ragged”, a major audit by the charity Macmillan found. It adds that the workforce as a whole is closer to retirement than during the last analysis in 2014, and nurses are increasingly taking on specialist roles without the pay or training they require. Experts said some patients in some parts of the country are not getting the life-saving treatment they need in a timely manner as a result, and the blame for this “rests solely with the government”. Read more ‘Botched Brexit’ causing thousands of EU nurses to quit NHS Applications to study nursing fall again after bursary scrapped Nursing bursary cuts are making mental health crisis worse, MPs warn The Macmillan … [Read more...] about Patients’ ‘lives at risk’ because of lack of specialist cancer nurses, NHS census shows
Significant numbers of people are worrying themselves unnecessarily about “mythical” causes of cancer such as power lines, artificial sweeteners and drinking from plastic bottles, a study has found. The biggest misplaced fear was stress which – fortunately – does not cause cancer but was identified as a factor by 40 per cent of people, closely followed by food additives and electromagnetism. Researchers said it was concerning that real risk factors, such as sun burn, drinking alcohol and eating red meat, were still not known about. Read more Drinking alcohol can cause cancer by damaging DNA, finds study Sleeping with your mobile phone could cause cancer and infertility Nearly 90% of women at risk of breast cancer shun preventative drugs The easy access to misinformation online and through social media was one of the factors which the team from University College London (UCL) and the University of Leeds said was driving unfounded fears. For a study, published … [Read more...] about Stress, additives and electromagnetism top list of ‘mythical’ cancer causes, study finds
NHS hospitals failed to identify that more than a third of all dementia patients who were suffering with the condition and were left without vital support when they are admitted to hospital, a study has found. Among the people from an ethnic minority group who had dementia, 28 per cent had this missed in hospital, compared to 20 per cent of white patients. Researchers from University College London (UCL) said these may be underestimates. Read more The two obstacles that are holding back Alzheimer’s research “People with dementia are more likely to be admitted to general hospitals for other illnesses, partly due to difficulties taking care of themselves, and once they’re in hospital those with dementia tend to have longer stays and face more complications,” the study's lead author, Dr Andrew Sommerlad, from UCL’s division of psychiatry told The Independent. The failure to diagnose … [Read more...] about NHS hospitals fail to spot dementia in more than a third of patients