The Health News United Kingdom November 8 2017

  • Women from Northern Ireland can now have free abortions through the NHS in Scotland. Abortions are illegal in Northern Ireland except for cases where the woman’s health is at risk.That has led to women travelling to Great Britain, where they have had to pay for terminations. New regulations allowing women from Northern Ireland to access abortion services in Scotland come into force on Monday.
  • Kirsten Meisinger, the Medical Staff president of the Cambridge Health Alliance learned of the shortage of medication at Puerto Rican hospitals, she rallied other doctors at CHA to collect fifty pounds of medicine to donate. Meisinger noted that as a doctor, it’s hard to imagine wanting to help people but not being able to because of a lack of resources.
  • The Alzheimer’s Society and the Farming Community Network will be the focus of a farming union’s charitable cause. The Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) has announced its support for the two charities, pledging to support those with dementia in rural areas and farmers who need support in difficult times. . Over 17,000 people affected by dementia in Wales live in rural areas , according to a report released which presses the government for more help on the issue.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 8th of November 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-41879520 

Women from Northern Ireland can now have free abortions through the NHS in Scotland.
Abortions are illegal in Northern Ireland except for cases where the woman’s health is at risk.
That has led to women travelling to Great Britain, where they have had to pay for terminations.
New regulations allowing women from Northern Ireland to access abortion services in Scotland come into force on Monday. Public health minister Aileen Campbell said the Scottish government also wanted to address the “barriers” women face when travelling to Scotland for an abortion. ….

When First Minister Nicola Sturgeon first announced she was considering the proposal last year, she was strongly criticised by anti-abortion campaigners. The Northern Ireland campaign group, Precious Life, claimed that allowing NI women to access NHS terminations in Scotland would spark a “public outcry”. In June this year, the UK government announced it would offer NI women free abortions services in England. Since then, the three main abortion providers in England have not been charging residents of Northern Ireland.
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Abortions are only allowed in Northern Ireland if a woman’s life is at risk or there is a permanent or serious risk to her physical or mental health. Rape, incest and fatal foetal abnormalities are not circumstances in which they can be performed legally. Women seeking an abortion can travel to other parts of the UK to have one privately, but had not been allowed to have them free on the NHS – a position that was backed by the UK Supreme Court in June.

http://cambridge.wickedlocal.com/news/20171106/cambridge-health-alliance-collects-50-pounds-of-medicine-for-puerto-rico

When Kirsten Meisinger, Medical Staff president of the Cambridge Health Alliance, learned of the shortage of medication at Puerto Rican hospitals, she rallied other doctors at CHA to collect fifty pounds of medicine to donate. Meisinger noted that as a doctor, it’s hard to imagine wanting to help people but not being able to because of a lack of resources. This, she said, hit home for her and inspired her to donate the medicine. She worked with Steve Cano in CHA’s pharmacy department and members of the transportation department to gather medication needed at the Hospital Auxilio Mutuo Intensive Care and Centro Isabelino de Medicina Avanzada (CIMA). The medication collected includes antibiotics and antihypertensives, a type of medication used to help patients with chronic lung disease and high blood pressure.

The medicine was flown to Puerto Rico on Friday, October twenty seven. The donation amounts to one hundred vials of medication. Each vial contains roughly ten doses, totaling one thousand doses of medication donated by CHA.
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Meisinger explained that hospitals get regular shipments of medication from manufacturers. After the hurricane, these shipments were interrupted and, with more people needing antibiotics, shortages occurred across the territory.

https://www.farminguk.com/news/Mental-health-support-remains-top-of-farming-union-s-charitable-agenda_47827.html

The Alzheimer’s Society and the Farming Community Network will be the focus of a farming union’s charitable cause. The Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) has announced its support for the two charities, pledging to support those with dementia in rural areas and farmers who need support in difficult times. Farmers have faced low points during the last few years. Bovine TB, price increases and uncertainty about the industry’s future post-Brexit all put a strain on farmers’ resolve and will. FUW President Glyn Roberts said many farmers feel stressed and are under immense pressure. Indeed, a young farmer with mental health issues took his own life on the same day his dog was put down, an inquest heard in October.

According to research by Plymouth University, four areas of concern identified by a study showed the barriers farmers face when suffering from mental health. This includes the farm environment, a reluctance to ask for help, support services and changing rural communities.
Over seventeen thousand people affected by dementia in Wales live in rural areas , according to a report released which presses the government for more help on the issue. The issue often goes unnoticed due to the isolation many sufferers live in. Making the announcement, Mister Roberts said: “Dementia is a growing health problem – one in six people over the age of eighty have dementia, and there are eight hundred fifty thousand people with dementia in the UK.’’
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The farming union will also support the Farming Community Network (FCN), a charity that supports farmers and families within the farming community through difficult times.
FCN is a network of over four hundred volunteers, with around forty based in Wales, many of whom are involved in farming, or have close links with agriculture and therefore have a great understanding of the issues farmers and farming families regularly face.

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