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Police dealing with mental health issues more and more

Instances of the police dealing with mental health issues is on the rise, and it’s an incredibly worrying trend with a dangerous underlying cause.

Information from a damning report has labelled the state of mental healthcare in the UK as a “national crisis”. The lack of funding and resources has led to the police “picking up the pieces” of a broken system.

The government’s austerity measures have been blamed, with the already overstretched police force now having to step in and deal with mental health issues more and more.

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NHS staff shortages costing £1.5bn in temporary staff

the nhs may be heading for a summer crisis!

According to recent research conduct by the Open University, NHS staff shortages are apparently costing the taxpayer around £1.5bn a year in temporary staff.

With the Royal College of Nursing saying there’s around 40,000 nursing vacancies, and widespread shortfalls in staff across the country, the cost of plugging the rota gaps is putting an even greater financial strain on the NHS funding situation. It’s thought that around half a billion pounds could be saved if these shortages were plugged with permanent staff instead of temps.

This all makes for worrying reading.

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450 Gosport Hospital deaths caused by opioid policy

nhs care in crisis

According to the findings of an independent report, more than 450 Gosport Hospital deaths were caused by an opioid policy where patients received unnecessary medication.

Dr Jane Barton, a GP who worked at the Gosport War Memorial Hospital for more than 12 years, has been linked to the 456 deaths that took place in the 1990s as a result of life-shortening diamorphine; otherwise known as heroine.

Despite warnings from nurses working at the hospital, the dangerous opioid-use policy was reportedly in place for years. Consultants and other healthcare professionals are also being blamed for failing to speak out when there was clear evidence of malpractice; including pharmacists who would have known by the levels and nature of the drugs being used that something wasn’t right.

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Millions at risk of dementia from drugs

the nhs may be heading for a summer crisis!

According to a recent study, millions of people are at risk of dementia from drugs used to treat conditions like depression, incontinence and Parkinson’s disease.

The study findings indicate that the risk of developing dementia could be increased by a third later on in life when patients are taking certain types of medications.

Millions may be affected by prescriptions of anticholinergic medications that are used to control muscle contractions or help with mental health condition that are thought to potentially increase the risk of impaired memory functions later on in life.

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GP practices reportedly being “paid” to NOT refer patients to hospitals

doctor papers

According to media sources, GP practices in five areas of the country are offered agreements where they can be paid from the savings amounted from not referring patients to hospitals.

This incredibly controversial “profit share” system could allow GPs to cash in from not referring patients to hospitals, which leads to serious concerns over the quality of care and advice that may be given.

If doctors have the power to put profit before people, it may only be a matter of time before a patient is not referred to a hospital and suffers as a result.
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Ian Paterson’s sentence increased from 15 to 20 years

surgeon claims

Notorious breast surgeon, Ian Paterson, was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment in May 2017 for carrying out unnecessary and unapproved surgery on a number of patients. However, the Nottingham Court of Appeal found that his current sentence was “not sufficient” and have consequently increased his sentence from 15 years to 20 years.

The news has been welcomed by victims, many of whom have claimed or are claiming compensation as a result of his actions.

The prosecution in the case demonstrated the clear evidence of medical experts that confirmed that the work he carried out for some patients was totally unnecessary, and for others he had intentionally failed to follow protocol as part of what appeared to be some form of “experimental surgery” he was conducting.
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Demand for public inquiry over use of “dangerous” vaginal mesh implants

medical negligence

Senior medical experts are demanding a public enquiry be opened to investigate the use of vaginal mesh implants in the U.K.

The Guardian reports that a “significant proportion of patients have been left with traumatic complications”. We ourselves are involved in the legal actions for the use of vaginal mesh implants where things have gone wrong, so we’re no stranger to the issues at hand.

However, as problems continue to arise, the calls for more investigation and more action continue to grow.
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MHRA issues updated advice for metal-on-metal hip replacement patients

updated mom hip replacement advice

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued updated advice for patients implanted with metal-on-metal hip replacements.

Concerns have been raised over the use of the metal-on-metal (MoM) implants for years following patients developing “progressive soft tissue reactions to the wear debris” that has been associated with the devices failing.

New and updated advice is calling for all U.K. patients to be recalled for screening and testing for device failure as a precaution.
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Pressure for new laws on self-driving cars to be made as technology advances

laws for self-driving cars

We’ve covered a bit of this recently, and with good reason. Accidents from self-driving cars have already happened, and unless this new technology is done right, our roads could be less safe than ever.

It seems the law is potentially falling behind on regulating fast advancing technology as no one really knows what laws still apply to autonomous driving. In the U.S., Elon Musk and Google’s autonomous cars are surpassing our norms and reportedly leaving law enforcement baffled on what is allowed on the roads and what isn’t.

It’s clear that car and technology companies need legislation to keep-up so that their new high tech cars can be built, sold and used on roads safely.
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Four employees crushed to death in excavation work

excavation work deaths

Four employees tragically died while carrying out a job at an excavation site.

The four employees were working on constructing a steel structure as part of the foundation for a large Pressure Test Facility (PTF) at Claxton Engineering Services Limited in Great Yarmouth. The partially-built steel structure weighed several tonnes and would have weighed 32 tonnes on completion. The excavation for the PTF was more than 23m long, 3m wide and 2m deep.

Sadly, the structure collapsed on top of the employees.
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