The Health News United Kingdom September 16 2017

Overview

  • Abortion clinics and cosmetic surgery providers will be given ‘scores on the doors’ ratings to name and shame the worst performers for the first time. New laws mean that private hospitals offering such services will be assessed and forced to conspicuously display their rating.
  • Up to 25 deaths at various mental health units run by the North Essex Partnership NHS Trust are being investigated by police. Nine different establishments formerly run by the Trust are part of an inquiry by Essex Police to see if there is a criminal case to answer.
  • Poundland has come under fire for selling peanut-based chocolates called ‘Nutters’. Member of Parliament Norman Lamb, who has previously spoken about his sister’s suicide and his son’s struggle with obsessive compulsive disorder, has demanded that the product is removed from sale.  

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 16th of  September 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto. Health News

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/13/abortion-clinics-will-rated-bid-clamp-string-scandals/

Abortion clinics and cosmetic surgery providers will be given ‘scores on the doors’ ratings to name and shame the worst performers for the first time. New laws mean that private hospitals offering such services will be assessed – and forced to conspicuously display their rating – following a string of scandals.Health ministers said the regulations, which come into force next month, aim to shine a light on rogue clinics and stamp out a “lottery of poor practice”. It follows a succession of scandals at abortion clinics and among the cosmetic surgery industry.
An investigation by the Daily Telegraph in two thousand twelve found doctors agreeing to arrange sex-selective abortions, which are illegal. And inspections of Marie Stopes clinics by the Care Quality Commission or CQC recently found three hundred seventy three botched abortions carried out in two months. The abortion provider had previously been accused of major failings, after two thousand six hundred serious incidents were reported in two thousand fifteen.

Inspectors found that nurses were failing to explain to women the full consequences of their actions while doctors were “bulk signing” consent forms. The provider – the second largest in the country, carrying out seventy thousand abortions a year, was warned after the visits in two thousand fifteen that clinics could be closed down unless standards were improved. Doctors were found to be signing off up to sixty consent forms at a time, with foetal remains dumped in ordinary medical waste bins rather than sealed for cremation. Several services were suspended but allowed to resume after improvements were made. Under new regulations, laid down in parliament yesterday,  CQC has been given new powers to rate such services.

Clinics will now be given one of four potential ratings: outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate. Cosmetic surgery providers are also covered by the new rules along with clinics offering laser eye surgery, and rehab treatment for substance misuse. The changes were planned in the wake of the PIP scandal, which saw around fifty thousand British women found to have potentially hazardous implants.

https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/health/north-essex-mental-health-trust-25-deaths/

Up to twenty five deaths at various mental health units run by the North Essex Partnership NHS Trust are being investigated by police. Nine different establishments formerly run by the Trust are part of an inquiry by Essex Police to see if there is a criminal case to answer, Five News has revealed. In May, the channel reported the investigation in relation to seven deaths at the Linden Centre, a mental health unit run by the Trust. Now, police have confirmed the investigation has broadened significantly.

Essex Police said: “We are looking at nine establishments including the Linden Centre. We are investigating up to twenty five  deaths dating from two thousand onwards to ascertain whether there were any criminal failings of persons connected to the organisation.” In April two thousand seventeen the trust involved merged with another trust to become Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust. A spokeswoman said: “We extend our sincere condolences to the families who have lost loved ones and assure them that the actions detailed in our response from May this year are all on track.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/mental-health-campaigners-slam-poundland-nutters-chocolates-for-perpetuating-stereotypes_uk_59b90608e4b02da0e13d9505

Poundland has come under fire for selling peanut-based chocolates called ‘Nutters’. The sweets are available to purchase in Poundland stores and online and, according to the retailer, they have been a “customer favourite over the last twelve months. But Member of Parliament Norman Lamb, who has previously spoken about his sister’s suicide and his son’s struggle with obsessive compulsive disorder, has demanded that the product is removed from sale.  Meanwhile a leading mental health charity told HuffPost UK such products risk “perpetuating tired stereotypes” and could undo positive steps made to reduce mental health stigma.
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While Doctor Sophie Dix, from the charity MQ: Transforming Mental Health, said: “Such offensive language and distressing imagery is a real step backwards.” In a statement given to HuffPost UK, a spokesperson from Poundland said ‘Nutters’ chocolates are best-sellers. They said that the chocolate-covered nuts have been a customer favourite over the last twelve months and that popularity suggests it hasn’t caused offence to them.

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