The Health News United Kingdom December 20 2017

  • A new way of measuring life expectancy has effectively added an extra three years of life to both men and women. Traditionally, the Office of National Statistics report life expectancy in terms of the mean average age of people when they die. Men in the UK are now expected to live for 79.2 years from birth compared to 82.9 years for women on this measure. However, this mean average figure was accompanied for the first time today by a median figure detailing the age by which half of a hypothetical group of people would be dead.
  • The BBC has learned that three Scottish NHS boards are spending less on child mental health services than last year despite failing to meet waiting times.  The 18-week waiting time standard was met by 6 of Scotland’s 14 NHS boards in the last quarter. One of the health boards that cut funding – Grampian – met the target in just a third of cases and had an average wait of 21 weeks. Tayside and Lothian also reduced the amount spent on child mental health.
  • The Northern Health Trust said the Antrim Area Hospital emergency department was “extremely busy” with almost ninety people waiting in the facility on Monday evening. The public are advised to only attend emergency departments for the most serious of medical incidents such as with sudden and acute illness or severe trauma, such as: suspected heart attack, suspected stroke, serious head injury or a serious accident emergency healthcare.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 20th of December 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/07/statistical-re-jig-boosts-uk-life-expectancy-three-years-increases/

A new way of measuring life expectancy has effectively added an extra three years of life to both men and women. Traditionally, the Office of National Statistics report life expectancy in terms of the mean average age of people when they die. Men in the UK are now expected to live for seventy nine point two years from birth compared to eighty two point nine years for women on this measure. However, this mean average figure was accompanied for the first time by a median figure detailing the age by which half of a hypothetical group of people would be dead.

This measure probably gives a better indication of how long somebody born in a given year is likely to live because the median is less affected by people dying at very old or very young ages.
The new median figure is higher than the mean life expectancy for both men and women, with the figure for men standing at eighty two point three years and the figure for women eighty five point eight years across the UK as a whole. This works out as an additional three point one years of life for men and two point nine years of life for women compared to the mean. Life expectancy increases have plummeted over the past decade with women gaining just one point six months in the past five years. Between two thousand six and two thousand eleven life expectancy from birth increased by more than a year for men and by nine months for women.
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Chris White, Principal Research Officer at the Office for National Statistics said: “This analysis supports the view that mortality improvements in the UK have slowed somewhat in the second decade of the twenty first century.”

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-42394669

The BBC has learned that three Scottish NHS boards are spending less on child mental health services than last year despite failing to meet waiting times.  The eighteen-week waiting time standard was met by six of Scotland’s fourteen NHS boards in the last quarter. One of the health boards that cut funding – Grampian – met the target in just a third of cases and had an average wait of twenty one weeks. Tayside and Lothian also reduced the amount spent on child mental health.

NHS Lothian, which cut funding by the largest amount (three hundred ninety thousand pounds), saw just fifty seven percent of child referrals within the eighteen-week target during the last quarter. NHS Grampian and NHS Tayside both cut spending by eighty thousand pounds. Tayside could not provide waiting time figures for the last quarter due to data management changes. The spending figures come from freedom of information requests made by Doctor Richard Simpson, the former MSP and Labour public health spokesman, who is honorary professor of health sciences at the University of Stirling. He received responses from Scotland’s eleven mainland health boards – three cut spending, one reported no change, another three increased spending by less than inflation and four put up funding by substantially more than last year.

The Scottish government has set a standard to deliver a maximum wait of eighteen weeks from referral to treatment. It wants to deliver this in at least ninety percent of cases. The average waits have been rising during two thousand seventeen and the percentage seen within the eighteen-week target has dropped from eighty two point five percent at the end of last year to seventy three point three percent in the three months to September. Grampian was the worst performer at thirty three point one percent , whereas Glasgow and Clyde saw almost all patients within the target time (ninety seven point eight percent).

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/northern-ireland-health-trust-in-appeal-to-public-as-ae-extremely-busy-36418690.html

The Northern Health Trust said the Antrim Area Hospital emergency department was “extremely busy” with almost ninety people waiting in the facility on Monday evening. It said in a tweet:

“Antrim Area Emergency Department is extremely busy with eighty seven people waiting to be treated, discharged or admitted.  Please only go to the ED if you are very seriously ill or injured and need to be treated urgently.” The average waiting time for patients attending Antrim is seventy four minutes.

The public are advised to only attend emergency departments for the most serious of medical incidents such as with sudden and acute illness or severe trauma, suspected heart attack, suspected stroke, serious head injury or a serious accident emergency.

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