The Health News United Kingdom March 16 2018

  • More than a quarter of adults in Britain have multiple health problems, according to a major study warning of “alarming” pressures being placed on the NHS. The research shows that the vast majority of general practitioners’ time is being taken up by patients with several conditions, with eight in ten prescriptions now issued to patients with more than one health complaint. Researchers from Cambridge University said the trend was set to worsen, amid soaring rates of obesity fuel diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.
  • A campaign group says that chinese takeaway meals from restaurants and supermarkets should carry health warnings because they are often high in salt. Action on Salt analysed more than 150 dishes and found some contained half an adult’s recommended 6g (0.2oz) daily allowance of salt. Main courses, such as beef in black bean sauce, topped the salty list. But adding a serving of egg fried rice to your order could deliver anything between an extra 5.3g and 2.3g of salt.
  • The body overseeing NHS services across the Bristol area is set to miss its savings target by 50%. Financial reports just released show the new Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) wanted to make £82.4 million in savings over the financial year but the actual figure is now forecast to be £40.9m. It comes as the CCG vies to tackle an accumulated deficit which is expected to reach £35m by the end of the financial year on March 31.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 16th of March 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/03/13/one-four-adults-have-multiple-health-problems-startling-data/

More than a quarter of adults in Britain have multiple health problems, according to a major study warning of “alarming” pressures being placed on the NHS. The research shows that the vast majority of general practitioners’ time is being taken up by patients with several conditions, with eight in ten prescriptions now issued to patients with more than one health complaint. Researchers from Cambridge University said the trend was set to worsen, amid soaring rates of obesity fuel diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

The four-year study of more than four hundred thousand adults in England found twenty seven point two percent were suffering from more than one health condition – with even higher rates among women.  High blood pressure was the most common – with almost one in five patients found to be suffering from it. And one in ten patients were diagnosed with depression or anxiety, while one in ten had chronic pain. The research showed that overlaps between the diseases were common, with an average of three conditions each for those aged seventy five and over.

Overall, thirty percent of women had multiple conditions, along with twenty four point four percent of men. More than half of GP visits and hospital admissions were found to be devoted to those with multiple conditions, and seventy nine percent of prescriptions were issued to those with more than one complaint.
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Two in three adults are now overweight or obese, while three quarters of millenials are set to reach this point by the age of around forty, on current trends. Tam Fry, from the National Obesity Forum said too many people were eating “relentlessly” despite constant reminders about the number of diseases linked to excess weight.

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-43375015

A campaign group says that Chinese takeaway meals from restaurants and supermarkets should carry health warnings because they are often high in salt. Action on Salt analysed more than one hundred fifty dishes and found some contained half an adult’s recommended six grams or zero point two ounce daily allowance of salt. Main courses, such as beef in black bean sauce, topped the salty list.

But adding a serving of egg fried rice to your order could deliver anything between an extra five point three grams and two point three grams of salt. While adding side dishes and dipping sauces to your meal could provide nearly another four grams of salt per person, the findings reveal. Few of the takeaway restaurant dishes came in at under two grams of salt.

Prawn crackers and vegetable spring rolls ranged from zero point eight grams to one point four grams of salt per portion. Supermarket-bought Chinese meals varied widely in salt content.

Spare ribs and crispy aromatic duck were towards the bottom of the list, while saucy rice or noodle-based dishes were higher up. Unsurprisingly, soy sauce, which tastes salty, contains more salt than some other dipping sauces, but sweet ones, such as chilli sauce or plum sauce, may also contain lots.
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Of the one hundred forty one ready meals analysed, forty three percent were high in salt, meaning they would typically carry a red notification label on the pack.

Too much salt can raise your blood pressure, which puts you at increased risk of health problems such as heart disease and stroke. Most of the salt we eat is already in everyday foods, rather than added at the table. Public Health England has been encouraging the food industry to cut salt levels in food.

https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/bristol-health-body-miss-savings-1331092

The body overseeing NHS services across the Bristol area is set to miss its savings target by fifty percent. Financial reports just released show the new Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) wanted to make eighty two point four million pounds in savings over the financial year but the actual figure is now forecast to be forty point nine million pounds.

 

Bosses at the body said they had faced “unprecedented pressures on health and care services” but had still managed to improve services across the region. It comes as the CCG vies to tackle an accumulated deficit which is expected to reach thirty five million pounds by the end of the financial year on March thirty one. The combined CCG has agreed a plan with NHS England to bring down the deficit to eight million pounds.

A CCG spokesman said: “In order to protect NHS services for the future, we have to live within our means and make the best use of taxpayers’ money.”
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Clinical Commissioning Groups assess the health needs of a population then ‘buy’ services from hospitals and clinics. On April one three CCGs – Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire – will officially combine, with a total budget of one point fifteen billion pounds.

The news comes after the Bristol Post released a video reportedly showing two patients being resuscitated in the corridors of the emergency room at the Bristol Royal Infirmary on Tuesday March six. University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust deputy chief executive and chief operating officer, Doctor Mark Smith, apologised to “any patient who waited longer than usual on Tuesday”.

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