Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Northamptonshire's health commissioning groups facing 'significant financial challenges'

Northamptonshire's health commissioning groups facing 'significant financial challenges' Northamptonshire’s commissioner of health services only just managed to balance its books last year and used all of its contingency reserve to do so.

There was just a £40,000 surplus on the £941m of spending carried out by the county’s two clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), which say ‘they continue to face significant challenges on delivering their commissioning objectives in 2019/20’.

A huge £4m has to come out of the reserves of the larger Nene Commissioning Group to make the books balances and £561,000 has been taken from the Corby contingency reserve, which means the health commissioning groups will no longer have a financial buffer. Northamptonshire Telegraph

Warehoused: seriously ill patients sent far from home to locked, private wards

Warehoused: seriously ill patients sent far from home to locked, private wards People with severe mental ill health are being routinely ‘warehoused’ in locked private wards hundreds of miles from homes for want of NHS care close to home, an investigation reveals.

Research by The Doctor magazine has found that five million people live in CCG (clinical commissioning group) areas in England with no NHS wards at all for mental health rehabilitation, a service that helps people with severe illness get their lives back on track.

While some CCGs pay for such beds in the NHS, most depend heavily on private hospitals and care homes – and increasingly so, data released under Freedom of Information laws reveals.

Hundreds of private beds are hours and hours away from patients’ homes, analysis of 2,600 journeys found. Seven hundred are sold to CCGs as ‘locked rehab’, a type not recognised in NHS guidance – raising concerns about patient care and human rights. BMA

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Research into the impact of pensions tax in the NHS

Research into the impact of pensions tax in the NHS NHS Employers commissioned First Actuarial to investigate the growing evidence suggesting that the changes in recent years to the annual and lifetime allowances are influencing the behaviour of NHS staff. The purpose of the research was to find out: how widespread pensions tax charges are in the NHS; the size of pensions tax charges faced by affected employees; and any impact of these charges on the working behaviour of employees – and how this impacts the objectives of the NHS and on the NHS Pension Scheme.

    NHS long-term plan: legislative proposals

    NHS long-term plan: legislative proposals This report welcomes, in principle, NHS England and NHS Improvement's proposals to promote collaboration, especially the proposal to repeal section 75 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and revoke the regulations made under it. The Health and Social Care Committee believes that collaboration, rather than competition, is a better way for the NHS and the wider health and care system to respond to today's challenges. Health and Social Care Committee

    Child obesity drive 'stalled by Brexit'

    Child obesity drive 'stalled by Brexit' The drive to tackle child obesity has stalled with a raft of measures stuck in Brexit backlog, it is being claimed.

    A ban on energy drink sales to under-16s, clearer calorie labelling and a crackdown on junk food advertising were all promised by ministers when they launched the revamped obesity strategy.

    But a year on none of the key measures has been introduced in England.

    Both Labour and campaigners said it showed progress had stopped - but the government said it was still on track. BBC News

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    Judges overturn 'forced abortion' ruling

    Judges overturn 'forced abortion' ruling A woman has won an appeal against a court ruling that would have seen her mentally ill daughter forced to have an abortion.

    She appealed a decision made last week granting permission for specialists to end the pregnancy.

    Three Court of Appeal judges in London upheld the appeal, overturning the previous decision.

    Lord Justice McCombe, Lady Justice King and Lord Justice Peter Jackson will give reasons at a later date. BBC News

    NHS ‘treating minority ethnic doctors as outsiders’

    NHS ‘treating minority ethnic doctors as outsiders’ Bosses failing to offer support, says report into reasons for excessive disciplinary action

    Doctors from ethnic minorities are too often treated as outsiders by their NHS bosses and peers and not given the support they need, according to an investigation into why they are twice as likely to face disciplinary action as white doctors.

    A report commissioned by the General Medical Council (GMC), the regulatory body for doctors, talks of “multiple and intricately linked” factors behind the disproportionate number of referrals of doctors from ethnic minorities by their employers. The Guardian

    NHS consultants 'turning down work to avoid huge pension tax'

    NHS consultants 'turning down work to avoid huge pension tax' Some doctors are even retiring early, report finds, prompting concerns over care quality

    Senior doctors in the NHS are reducing their hours, turning down extra work and even retiring early to avoid being hit with huge tax bills on their pensions, a report reveals.

    The findings have prompted concern that waits for treatment will grow longer, patients will receive inferior care and understaffing will worsen because hospitals have too few doctors available. The Guardian

    Medicalising everyday life doesn’t help anyone’s mental health

    Medicalising everyday life doesn’t help anyone’s mental health | Adrian Massey Not all suffering is mental illness. Pretending it is raises false hopes and puts pressure on an already strained NHS

    I have a growing sense of unease about the Americanisation of British society’s attitude towards mental health. In the 1980s, British audiences smiled bemusedly at neurosis-laden Woody Allen films and the normality with which American television and cinema treated notions of therapy, meds and interventions. To a British ear, the protagonists of these human melodramas could seem self-absorbed, foolish and narcissistic; figures of fun to be pitied for their inability to maintain a stiff upper lip and their ignorance of the power of a strong cup of tea. Yet now these are all concepts that have been normalised in Britain too. The Guardian

    NHS trust baby deaths review uncovers hundreds of new cases

    NHS trust baby deaths review uncovers hundreds of new cases A review into the deaths and injuries of babies at a scandal-hit maternity unit has uncovered hundreds of new cases.

    NHS Improvement has found more than 300 new cases of concern at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SATH).

    It is understood that the new cases include still births and deaths of babies in the final stages of labour. The Daily Telegraph

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    Court battle looms as around 250 women prepare to sue breast implant manufacturer

    Court battle looms as around 250 women prepare to sue breast implant manufacturer Breast implants are leaving women suffering from 'brain fog' and anxiety, according to official figures.

    The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has recorded 32 reports of women having psychological reactions to breast implants.

    Taken from the past five years, the figures show women believe their implants are having negative impacts on their brains as well as their bodies.

    The revelation comes as 250 women are preparing to sue the manufacturer of a commonly used implant in the UK, Allergan. The Daily Mail