The Health News United Kingdom July 17 2017

Overview

  • Further health budget cuts could result in more dirty needles being discarded on Britain’s streets, pharmacists have warned.The King’s Fund think tank calculated that funding for tackling drug misuse, provided by local authorities, is facing a 5.5% percent cut of more than £22 million pounds this year.
  • Dramatic cuts to sexual health services are fuelling a surge in cases of syphilis and gonorrhoea, a think tank has warned. Planned spending in this area has fallen by £64 million (10%) over the past four years.
  • A British court gave the parents of eleven-month-old Charlie Gard a chance to present fresh evidence that their terminally ill son should receive experimental treatment. Charlie suffers from mitochondrial depletion syndrome, a rare genetic disease that has left him brain damaged and unable to breathe unaided.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 17th of July 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto. Health News

http:www.independent.co.uknewshealthpublic-health-cuts-needles-in-the-streets-pharmacy-pharmacists-government-theresa-may-a7837936.html

Further health budget cuts could result in more dirty needles being discarded on Britain’s streets, pharmacists have warned.  The King’s Fund think tank calculated that funding for tackling drug misuse,  provided by local authorities, is facing a five point five per cent cut of more than twenty two million pounds this year.  It revealed a total of eighty five million pounds is set to be carved out of local authority allocations for public health.  Neal Patel of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) told The Independent the group has “a real concern about the direct impact on community pharmacies  and needle exchange services for people who use needles are also funded by local authorities,  and some schemes to support drug users.

“This is a population who need specific support and community pharmacies have been helping them for years.  We’ve seen improvements, and what we don’t want to do is go backwards.’’, he said.

Mister Patel said some of the services offered by pharmacies,  including sexual health services, help to stop smoking or to lose weight,  were no longer being provided in some areas due to previous budget cuts.

http:www.dailymail.co.ukhealtharticle-4689374Dramatic-cuts-sexual-health-services-causing-STIs.html

Dramatic cuts to sexual health services are fuelling a surge in cases of syphilis and gonorrhoea, a think tank has warned.  Planned spending in this area has fallen by sixty four million pounds,  or by ten percent, over the past four years.  But a new analysis by the King’s Fund shows they will be hit by an extra thirty million pound cut this year,  a further five percent slash.

Official figures released last month showed the number of cases of syphilis have reached the highest level since nineteen forty nine.  Cases of the infection across England have rocketed since two thousand and twelve, according to data from Public Health England.

In two thousand and sixteen, there were five thousand nine hundred twenty

syphilis diagnoses –  an increase of twelve percent from the previous year.  But since two thousand and twelve there has been a ninety seven percent increase.  

The Sun reports that gonorrhoea cases in England jumped fifty three percent between two thousand twelve and two thousand fifteen.  As well as cuts to sexual health services, stop smoking services also face closure due to the planned eighty five million pounds slash in the public health budget.

Shirley Cramer, chief executive Royal Society for Public Health, labelled the cuts to all services as ‘devastating’.  She said: ‘Short-sighted cuts to sexual health, drug misuse and stop smoking services are a false economy  – saving money in the short term but costing far more over coming decades.

A Department of Health spokeswoman said: ‘We have a strong track record on public health –  cancer survival and dementia diagnosis are at a record high whilst smoking rates and teen pregnancies are at an all-time low.   ‘Over the current spending period we will invest more than sixteen billion pounds in local government public health services.   ‘Moreover, we have shown that we are willing to take tough action to protect the public’s health  – introducing standardised packaging of cigarettes, a soft drinks industry levy and a world-leading childhood obesity plan.’

http:abcnews.go.comHealthwireStorycharlie-gard-case-heads-uk-court-light-evidence-48539792

A British court on Monday gave the parents of eleven-month-old Charlie Gard a chance to present fresh evidence that their terminally ill son should receive experimental treatment.

The decision came after an emotionally charged hearing in the wrenching case,  during which Gard’s mother wept in frustration and his father yelled at a lawyer.  Judge Nicholas Francis gave the couple until Wednesday afternoon to present the evidence and set a new hearing for Thursday in a case that has drawn international attention.

But the judge insisted there had to be “new and powerful” evidence to reverse earlier rulings that barred Charlie from traveling abroad for treatment  and authorized London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital to take him off life support.  Francis said that there is not a person alive who would not want to save Charlie and if there is new evidence I will hear it.

Charlie suffers from mitochondrial depletion syndrome,  a rare genetic disease that has left him brain damaged and unable to breathe unaided.  His parents want to bring him abroad for experimental therapy,  which they say offers their son a chance of improvement.

But British and European courts have sided with the hospital’s decision that the eleven-month-old’s life support should end,  saying therapy would not help and would cause more suffering.

Under British law, it is normal for courts to intervene when parents and doctors disagree on the treatment of a child  — such as cases where a parent’s religious beliefs prohibit blood transfusions.  The rights of the child take primacy, rather than the rights of parents to make the call.  Charlie’s parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, have received wide public support, while right-to-life groups have intervened in their cause.

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