Supply shortages and rising prices for some medicines are being reported by pharmacists and GPs. The possibility of a no-deal Brexit is being blamed. So what is going on in the pharmaceutical world and what might it mean for patients?There is nothing new about occasional shortages of certain types of medicine. But there are reports of more acute problems than usual and some are citing a market reaction to the risk of the UK leaving the European Union without a deal.Public may have to stockpile drugs in no-deal BrexitSix key questions Brexit poses for the NHSBrexit: NHS managers warn about impact of no dealThe organisation that negotiates drug pricing on behalf of pharmacies told BBC Radio 5 Live's Wake up to Money that Brexit is already affecting the supply and price of some key generic drugs. The programme was contacted by a patient unable to obtain the usual anti-inflammatory for her arthritis who was told she had to have a substitute because of shortages.Simon Dukes, chief … [Read more...] about Brexit: Is NHS already finding it hard to get medicines?
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ONE in five women think you pee through your vagina - and doctors warn the confusion could lead to delays in cancer diagnoses. A worrying new survey by YouGov found that 18 per cent of women didn't know that menstruation and urination involve different holes. Medical professionals said that helping patients to express their thoughts or clearly describe their symptoms results in better care. Yet women don’t have the right language to talk about their bodies with doctors - and can often be embarrassed during consultations.Not knowing the correct terminology to describe the female anatomy could also lead to confusion with other conditions, such as endometriosis, STIs or thrush, medics say. It could also lead to delayed diagnosis of gynae cancers, which include womb, ovarian, cervical, vulval and vaginal.Get Lippy The Eve Appeal, the UK's leading gynaecological cancer charity, is working to make conversations between patients and healthcare professionals easier. Today they launched … [Read more...] about One in 5 women think you pee through your vagina – as docs warn ignorance to blame for delays in cancer diagnosis
The number of infants admitted to hospital for emergency care for conditions such as bronchitis and jaundice has risen sharply in the past decade. More young children are also ending up spending time in hospital being treated for tonsillitis, breathing problems, drug poisonings and infections, new NHS figures show. Experts behind the report into children’s care are demanding that the NHS overhauls services inside and outside hospital to provide better care and avoid young people adding to the pressures on hospitals by spending time unnecessarily as an inpatient. They have raised concerns about a number of weaknesses they have identified in NHS care of children and young people, including a lack of knowledge among GPs, poor mental health services and paediatricians spending too little time helping patients in community-based settings. Problems with the quality of care children receive helps explain why some need to be admitted in the first place and, in some cases, have to be … [Read more...] about Rise in hospital admissions for infants triggers call for NHS overhaul
Labour is pledging to abolish Ofsted and end “high stakes” school inspections as part of radical plans drawn up before a possible snap election. Announcements on education, health and care are expected to be at the heart of Labour’s pitch to voters at its annual conference in Brighton this week. With Labour’s leadership still under pressure over its ambiguous position on Brexit, senior figures hope that announcing eye-catching policies can refocus a coming election on its plans for public services. The Observer also understands that the party is seriously considering a plan that would make care services for the over-65s free at the point of use, excluding accommodation costs. This would deal with the long-running crisis in social care, but may well require tax increases. Pledging to scrap Ofsted will cause huge debate. While some teaching unions have campaigned for the move, the inspectorate has denied a claim by Angela Rayner, the shadow education secretary, … [Read more...] about ‘We will scrap Ofsted’: Labour makes radical election pledge
The NHS has teamed up with Amazon to allow elderly people, blind people and other patients who cannot easily search for health advice on the internet to access the information through the AI-powered voice assistant Alexa. The health service hopes patients asking Alexa for health advice will ease pressure on the NHS, with Amazon’s algorithm using information from the NHS website to provide answers to questions such as: “Alexa, how do I treat a migraine?”; ‘Alexa, what are the symptoms of flu?’; and “Alexa what are the symptoms of chickenpox?” The Department of Health (DoH) said it would empower patients and hopefully reduce the pressure on the NHS by providing reliable information on common illnesses. The health secretary, Matt Hancock, said: “Technology like this is a great example of how people can access reliable, world-leading NHS advice from the comfort of their home, reducing the pressure on our hardworking GPs and … [Read more...] about NHS teams up with Amazon to bring Alexa to patients