Tuesday, 23 July 2013
Plain packs 'help smokers to quit' Plain packaging for cigarettes seems to make tobacco less appealing and encourages smokers to quit, suggests a study. BBC News
- 'No excuse' to delay plain cigarette packs after new study, say campaigners The Independent
- 'No excuse for delay on plain cigarette packaging, say campaigners The Daily Telegraph
People with epilepsy 'have higher risk of early death' "People with epilepsy 11 times more likely to die prematurely, study finds," is the news in The Daily Telegraph. The story comes from a large long-term study of records of people with epilepsy. The study compared them with their unaffected siblings and the general population.
NHS Health Check implementation review and action plan This review argues that checking 40-74-year-olds’ blood pressure, cholesterol, weight and lifestyle could identify problems earlier and prevent 650 deaths, 1,600 heart attacks and 4,000 cases of diabetes a year. Before local authorities took over responsibility for commissioning Health Checks in April, there was considerable variation in how widely they were offered. PHE, which leads the NHS Health Check programme, has now launched a ten-point plan to help councils roll them out to 20 per cent of their eligible local population a year –15 million people by 2018/19.
GPC sets out plan to integrate all unscheduled care CCGs should integrate all out-of-hours unscheduled care under GP leadership, according to the GPC. GP Online
Could 'good egg' Jeremy Hunt be the saviour of the NHS? The health secretary seems to think like a patient and gets down to the nitty gritty by working in hospitals
I have come to the conclusion that the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, is a good egg. As a long-term NHS customer, he does seem to think like a patient. What's more, he has two of the same bees buzzing in his bonnet as I have: that GPs should take back oversight of out-of-hours care, and that the lack of effective IT in the NHS is a disgrace.
Mid-Staffs nursing chief: I’m not to blame
The former director of nursing at the scandal-hit Stafford Hospital has told a disciplinary hearing that the word "nursing" in her job title was "misleading", as she blamed frontline staff for catastrophic care failings at the hospital. The Independent
Junior doctors' 100-hour weeks 'put patient safety at risk' Junior doctors have warned that they are being left exhausted by 100-hour weeks and 12-day rotations that put patient safety at risk. The Independent