PUBLISHED: 09:01 20 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:09 20 August 2018 Evelyn and Michael Shuckford: Family picture Archant A Great Yarmouth man was one of at least four patients who may have died when the NHS continued using syringe drivers over which safety concerns had been raised. Michael Shuckford, 79, died on August 2, 2012.The retired butcher was terminally ill but was given a 24-hour dose of diamorphine in 12 hours at the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston using a syringe driver, a battery-operated device which delivers medication automatically. Now, an investigation by the Sunday Times has revealed the devices were permitted to be used until 2015, despite warnings over the risk of fatalities from user error from 2010.The Sunday Times said up to nine people died because Britain continued to use the syringe pumps when other countries had chosen to stop using them.Rather than issue an immediate recall, in 2010 health bosses opted for a five-year transition period to phase … [Read more...] about NHS device scandal may have killed Great Yarmouth man
Staff at NHS Borders have not just gone an extra mile to raise awareness of living well with cancer, they have gone an extra 15,000 miles. Last month, 118 staff formed 27 teams to compete in a Step Count Challenge – a workplace initiative by Scotland’s walking charity, Paths for All, to encourage people to be more active.In just a month, 15,684 miles were covered in total – the equivalent number of miles from Melrose to Antarctica and back.The winning team were ‘Catch Me If You Can’, made up of employees from the recovery department at Borders General Hospital, who managed to do 2,199,338 steps during the challenge which aimed to raise awareness of Macmillan Move More Borders, a physical activity programme for those affected by cancer.Charlotte Jones, Macmillan Move More development officer with Live Borders, said: “We decided to run a Step Count Challenge for NHS Borders staff to encourage a more active workplace and to raise awareness of Move More … [Read more...] about NHS Borders staff step up to cancer awareness challenge
Technology Rory Cellan-Jones Technology correspondent @BBCRoryCJ on Twitter 2 July 2018 comments Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-44676493 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel The government has unveiled a new NHS mobile app that will … [Read more...] about NHS app: Will it cut down on wasted appointments?
SIR – I write as a GP. Your leader exposes a serious problem, but its cause is the chronic neglect and undervaluing of family medicine. Until recently, British general practice was the envy of most other countries, and it remains the reason why the NHS continues to be rated as the most cost-efficient health service in the West. The answer is not to ditch it but to repair it. Unacceptable hospital waits were reduced by increasing the number of consultants threefold, paying hospitals for increased activity and covering their overspends. General practice has had no such help but is now expected to manage a vastly increased workload with a decreasing number of GPs and a diminishing share of the NHS... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week Register for free … [Read more...] about Letters: Overworked GPs aren’t being given their fair share of NHS resources
Paul Drayson Follow 19 August 2018 • 9:31pm As the NHS celebrates its 70th birthday, there has been a period of reflection, and an outpouring of nostalgia, about the contribution the service has made to the country since its foundation in 1948. And quite right too. But as the UK embarks on its journey outside the European Union, and the NHS faces up to the cost pressures created by the nation’s ageing population, there is a need now to focus on what the service will look like over the next 70 years. Key to this will be ensuring that the UK makes the most of some incredible advances in medical technology and artificial intelligence, which are in progress as you read this article. Put simply, the UK is a world leader in AI – with only the... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try … [Read more...] about The NHS needs to cash in its data