The Health News United Kingdom October 16 2017

  • The owner of  Peri Peri Original and Sweet Treats Dessert Lounge which presented an “imminent risk” to health has been fined £10,000. Environmental health officers found poor hygiene and mouse droppings near food at the restaurant on Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough. They used emergency powers to close the business until it was cleaned, disinfected and pest-free.
  • The head of NHS England has pledged that super-sized chocolate bars will be driven out of hospital shops and canteens under new targets to tackle obesity. Hospitals will receive extra funding if they limit most sweets and chocolates on sale to a maximum of 250 calories.
  • Health experts are warning that people are being denied care at overburdened sexual health clinics after a wave of closures and huge delays to a controversial new self-testing scheme for diseases such as herpes and syphilis. Six long-established sexual health clinics around London have shut in recent months as part of a planned switch from face-to-face consultations to online services.

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

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tees-41628113

The owner of a restaurant which presented an “imminent risk” to health has been fined ten thousand pounds. Environmental health officers found poor hygiene and mouse droppings near food at Peri Peri Original and Sweet Treats Dessert Lounge on Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough.
They used emergency powers to close the business until it was cleaned, disinfected and pest-free. Manager Amin Younis said it had “totally changed” since the inspection. He said: “Peri Peri would like to remind all customers that this incident happened some eight months ago.” He added: “Since then we have totally changed our management and staff have been held accountable for the drop in standards.”
NY Grill Limited, which operates the business, admitted failing to keep the premises clean. It also admitted failing to keep clean and disinfected anything which came into contact with food, failing to control pests and failing to ensure food was protected against contamination, the authority said. York magistrates fined the company ten thousand pounds and ordered it to pay one thousand seven hundred pounds in costs. The restaurant could not open until it was cleaned, disinfected and pest-free. Middlesbrough Council’s head of public protection Judith Hedgley said the business had “presented a serious risk to public health”.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/16/super-sized-chocolate-bars-driven-hospitals-tackle-obesity/

The head of NHS England has pledged that super-sized chocolate bars will be driven out of hospital shops and canteens under new targets to tackle obesity. Hospitals will receive extra funding if they limit most sweets and chocolates on sale to a maximum of two hundred fifty  calories, under the plans. Simon Stevens said there was a need to fight the “super-size snack culture” as he set the new rules for sweets and chocolate sold in hospital canteens, shops and vending machines. This means that most larger packs of chocolate and “grab bags” of sweets will be taken off the shelves. The Royal Voluntary Service – the biggest hospital retailer across the UK – said that by introducing such schemes early, it had boosted sales of sushi and salad by fifty five percent, with fruit sales up by one quarter. From next April, hospitals will be able to receive a share of a one hundred fifty million pounds “health and wellbeing” fund if they achieve new targets. Under the rules, eighty percent of sweets and chocolates on sale must contain two hundred fifty calories or less, and eighty percent of sugary drinks must have less than five grams of added sugar per one hundred milliliters. All food and drink sold in cafes, canteens, shops, kiosks and vending machines fall under the rules, which are an attempt to tackle obesity among NHS staff, and among the wider public.

Almost seven hundred thousand NHS employees out of one point three million are thought to be overweight or obese, along with two in three adults in the general public.
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Helen Dickens, from Diabetes UK, welcomed the moves, which she said would make it easier for everyone to make healthier choices, especially while in hospital.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/oct/15/sti-warning-as-clinics-close-in-london-and-self-testing-is-delayed

Health experts are warning that people are being denied care at overburdened sexual health clinics after a wave of closures and huge delays to a controversial new self-testing scheme for diseases such as herpes and syphilis.  Six long-established sexual health clinics around London have shut in recent months as part of a planned switch from face-to-face consultations to online services. Problems accessing services for sexually-transmitted infections are being compounded because the internet-based system, via which people can order a home-testing kit, is many months behind schedule. “We are hearing about emerging evidence that shows patients are being turned away from sexual health services in London because of huge pressures clinics are facing,” said Doctor Elizabeth Carlin, president of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV or BASHH, which represents specialist doctors in the field. The self-testing scheme was supposed to be rolled out across twenty seven of the capital’s thirty two boroughs from May one. But it is still not functioning and will not start until January at the earliest. Sexual health experts are warning that the clinic closures and unavailability of the kits could lead to “an explosive increase” in STI rates in London, which are already the highest in England.
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Levels of HIV infection could also start to rise again. Kat Smithson, director of policy and campaigns at the National Aids Trust, said: “There seems to be a gap between the e-service being up and running and services it was supposed to support being closed. We are worried about the order things are happening in. Some people who find that they cannot yet order a kit for free from Preventx are being offered a ten percent discount on the usual ninety nine point ninety nine pounds cost of a test for ten common STIs, including chlamydia and gonorrhoea, from the company’s sister site test.me. Sexual health experts claim the changes in London have been forced on councils by ministers cutting the amount of money they give them for public health work. Public Health England warned in a recent report that local councils could not maintain their current level of sexual health services as a direct result of those cuts.

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