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In a poll of 8000 nurses, the Royal College of Nursing concludes that huge numbers of it’s members believe their jobs are vulnerable.
Over 20,000 nurses believe that they will have lost their jobs by this time next year and almost 30,000 worry that they will lose responsibilities. In all, 75,000 nurses believe they may be made redundant, lose hours or be demoted within the next 12 months.
And it would seem that fears are justified as trusts across the country begin to reduce their numbers of mental health nurses in …

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Further cuts will put women at risk announce the Royal College of Midwives.
The NHS already acknowledges that there are too few midwives, particularly in London and the South-east of England, however, over a third of senior midwives questioned admit they will probably have to make more cuts within the next year to save money.
The Royal College warns that further cuts within an already understaffed service will mean that the NHS will no longer be able to guarantee the safety of ladies giving birth in their hospitals.
Already, of the senior midwives …

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An NHS clinic aimed at treating those addicted to ‘clubbing drugs’ opened this week with 70 referrals before it was launched.
The Chelsea based clinic has been set up by addiction psychiatrist Dr Bowden-Jones as the number of people addicted to ‘clubbing drugs’ continues to rise. As of yet, the harm that can be caused by taking ‘clubbing drugs’ such as mephedrone, ketamine and GBL is unknown but Bowden-Jones suggests that the types of people most likely to be affected are young, employed and generally affluent. He adds that substance users …

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GP’s and hospitals are putting patients at risk by failing to act on mandatory NHS safety alerts, some of which are urgent.
The National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) sends out these alerts after mistakes have come to light across the country in a bid to stop the same mistakes happening again.
However, the patient support organisation, Action against Medical Accidents has warned that not all departments are complying with these alerts and no trust has taken all of the necessary action required by the NPSA over the last 12 months.
Peter Walsh, chief …

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Non-venomous insect bites have soared this year, with many people suffering from infection caused by bug bites.
Official NHS figures show that in the past 12 months, 3,619 people have been treated for infected bites caused by bedbugs, fleas or mosquitoes.  The worst hit area is the north west of England, who has reported 574 people with infected bites.  The north east has reported a lower figure of only 133.  The total figure represents a 19 percent increase on the previous year.
The majority of those affected are the elderly.  In a …

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Over 2000 children have had treatment for eating disorders since 2008 according to figures released today.
Statistics showed that almost 600 under 13’s were admitted to hospital in England. This figure includes 197 aged between five and nine and 98 between five and seven years of age. Almost 1500 were aged between 13 and 15.
A study by University College London’s institute for Child Health also revealed that nearly 3 in every 100 000 children in the UK have some sort of eating disorder.
The research findings released last October showed that one …

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Prime Minister David Cameron had to fend off repeated questioning from the Labour leader Ed Miliband recently, as the latter asked why cancer patients would be “penalised” as part of the welfare reforms taking place. The discussion took place during the regular Prime Minister’s Questions.
Macmillan Cancer Support has already spoken up about its concerns about the welfare reforms and how they will affect cancer patients. The reforms will mean that people will have their benefits means tested after 12 months. This applies to cancer sufferers as well as others, and …

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Approximately a third of all hospital trusts are not meeting the eighteen week deadline for treating patients following referral.
More than a quarter of patients in the worst performing area, Hastings and Rother in Sussex, wait longer than 18 weeks for treatment and over the last 12 months, the number of trusts with this problem has doubled, which has led to calls for hospital closures.
Peter Carter, head of the Royal College of Nursing, said of the situation, “In our metropolitan areas we have far too many acute hospitals. That’s a drain …

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NHS waiting times for diagnostic tests have tripled within 12 months according to new figures.
Yesterday David Cameron stated that, “waiting times really matter… I refuse to go back to the days when people had to wait for months and months to have surgery done. So let me be absolutely clear: we won’t.”
However, figures revealed today show that 1409 people waited more than three months for diagnostic procedures in April this year, compared to just 193 in the same period last year. Additionally, more than 14 000 patients who had diagnostic …

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Scientists believe they may be able to link recurrent depression to a single gene in the human body. Researchers from Kings College London along with a group from the US believe that one or more of the genes contained within the chromosome 3p25-26 could be the link.
Although depression can often be triggered by traumatic life events, these findings suggest that cases of recurrent depression could have a genetic origin. Coincidentally, a study carried out by the Washington University Medical School in St Louis shortly after has also concluded very similar …