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The Department of Health has released information showing that only one in every three staff members working for the NHS are receiving the flu jab each year. Only 30% of nurses received the vaccination last year, prompting concerns that they could be putting patients at risk by not getting the protection they need.
There was a big difference between the number of practice nurses working in GP surgeries who had the jab, and those working in hospitals. A total of 42.5% of practice nurses got the jab, whereas just 30% of …

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Lib Dem backbenchers are preparing to revolt in opposition to the government’s health and social care bill, demanding further changes be made.
Former Liberal Democrat Evan Harris and Lady Shirley Williams plan to stage a motion in Birmingham to draw attention to their views, after they gained more support than they expected in a vote this week. 16 out of 24 liberal democrat backbenchers voted against the changes, even after amendments made as an outcome of the listening exercise.
Lady Williams has shown concern that the amendments didn’t go far enough in …

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Birmingham Children’s Hospital have admitted liability for their mistake which left a 14 year old girl permanently paralysed.
Sophie Tyler, now aged 17, was left with a spinal epidural in her back for 48 hours when she was admitted for a routine gallstone operation in May 2008.
The device was inserted into her Sophie’s back for pain control, but within 24 hours she was complaining of a numb feeling in one leg. Within 2 days, she couldn’t feel her feet or both legs.
Depsite her complaints, staff still took until the same evening …

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A man is fighting for compensation and a formal investigation conducted by the General medical Council (GMC) after a mistake by a surgeon left him with parts of the brain removed unnecessarily.
John Tunney, formally a paramedic for the West Midlands ambulance service, was admitted for surgery after a 2008 biopsy showed a tumour within the pituitary gland. However, during surgery Mr Tunney haemorrhaged and was left with life long brain damage after unnecessary brain surgery was undertaken.
Instead of removing tissue from the tumour, the surgeon, from Coventry’s Walsgrave hospital, removed …

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Those who spend six hours a day in front of the TV are at a high risk of five years sooner than those who are more active researchers claim.
Scientists suggest it could be as dangerous as smoking or being overweight and should be seen as a “public health problem.”
Experts from theUniversityofQueensland,Australia, suggest, “TV viewing time may have adverse health consequences that rival those of lack of physical activity, obesity and smoking; every single hour of TV viewed may shorten life by as much as 22 minutes.”
Australian and American guidelines suggest …

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After a long wait and various stages of consultation and feedback the latest research on physical activity and its effect on fitness has finally been published by the Chief Medical Officer. The report concentrated on the role that fitness plays in the prevention of disease and was endorsed by an international team of experts prior to publication. One surprising aspect is that the guidelines include specific recommendations for the under fives but this has undoubtedly overshadowed the importance of the study and its conclusions.
The report includes a number of points …