The Health News United Kingdom April 4 2018

  • A new survey of teachers suggests that primary school children are showing signs of mental health problems – including anxiety, panic attacks and depression – amid cuts to specialist support. The vast majority (96 per cent) of teachers say they have come into contact with pupils of all ages experiencing mental health issues, according to research from the NASUWT teaching union.
  • The health service in Northern Ireland has dished out almost £7million worth of gluten-free products free on prescription. The products, which include loaves, pizza crusts, rolls, flour and bread and cake mixes, are available on prescription under the Northern Ireland Drug Tariff. In total, £6,991,825 was spent on the foodstuffs from 2013 to 2017. A spokesman for the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) said that the products are prescribed for patients who are “diagnosed with gluten-sensitive enteropathy with coexisting established wheat sensitivity.
  • Doctors in east London recently held a protest over an NHS smartphone service offering video appointments around the clock. Medics claim the GP at Hand app, which offers responses to queries within hours and has signed up thousands of patients since launching in November, has given them “extra work” and threatens their funding model.  A GP at Hand spokesman said: “People have the right to choose their NHS practice. GP at hand is an NHS service; paid for by the NHS; providing NHS services to all patients – just like the vast majority of GP practices throughout the UK.”

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 4th of April 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/mental-health-primary-school-sexual-harassment-bullying-pupils-nasuwt-union-a8283876.html

A new survey of teachers suggests that primary school children are showing signs of mental health problems – including anxiety, panic attacks and depression – amid cuts to specialist support. The vast majority at ninety six percent of teachers say they have come into contact with pupils of all ages experiencing mental health issues, according to research from the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers teaching union. Of these, around one in seven at fourteen percent said that pupils experiencing these difficulties were aged between four and seven, while over a quarter at twenty seven percent said they were aged seven to eleven. One teacher spoke of an eight-year-old who climbed onto the roof and said they wanted to kill themselves. They added the incident was “not deemed serious enough” to get support from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

The poll, of more than one thousand three hundred teachers, found school staff were most likely to pupils aged eleven to sixteen at sixty eight percent experienced problems, making it harder for them to participate in class and to make friends. Teachers said family problems at eighty six percent, pressures of exams at sixty six percent and social media at sixty four percent were main causes of mental health problems such as self-harming, eating disorders and obsessive compulsive disorder.

The poll found that the majority at eighty six percent are aware of pupils sharing sexual messages, photos and videos with each other, and nearly four in ten know students who have been sexually harassed by pupils. The survey also finds that a fifth of teachers think children were moved on or excluded from their school for unofficial reasons. Of those, almost half felt it was because of their low academic attainment affecting league tables and a third felt it was because the pupil has special needs.
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A Department for Education spokesperson said: “We have pledged one point seven billion pounds to improve the mental health services on offer to children and young people.”

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/nhs-has-forked-out-7m-on-glutenfree-foods-in-northern-ireland-36764709.html

The health service in Northern Ireland has dished out almost seven million pounds worth of gluten-free products free on prescription. The products, which include loaves, pizza crusts, rolls, flour and bread and cake mixes, are available on prescription under the Northern Ireland Drug Tariff.

In total, six million nine hundred ninety one thousand eight hundred twenty five pounds

was spent on the foodstuffs from two thousand thirteen to two thousand seventeen. A spokesman for the Health and Social Care Board or HSCB said that the products are prescribed for patients who are “diagnosed with gluten-sensitive enteropathy with coexisting established wheat sensitivity.” She added: “The Advisory Committee on Borderline Substances  recommends products for inclusion on the basis that they may be regarded as drugs for the treatment of specified condition.”
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Last year, primary care providers in Northern Ireland spent one million two hundred sixty eight thousand four hundred eighty four pounds on prescribing gluten-free bread products, down from one million five hundred fifty four thousand six hundred four pounds in two thousand thirteen.
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Charity Coeliac UK defended the prescription of gluten-free products on the NHS. A spokesman stated: “The treatment for coeliac disease is the gluten-free diet. And the necessary removal of food containing gluten, for example bread and other staple foods from the diet, requires significant adaptation given the key role of the foods in the diet.”

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/health/doctors-protest-nhs-smartphone-video-appointment-service-a3802401.html

Doctors in east London recently held a protest over an NHS smartphone service offering video appointments around the clock. Medics claim the GP at Hand app, which offers responses to queries within hours and has signed up thousands of patients since launching in November, has given them “extra work” and threatens their funding model.  

Patients of the NHS England-approved service, run by digital company Babylon Health, are registered at Lillie Road Surgery in Hammersmith and can have in-person appointments there or at other clinics in Victoria, Poplar, Euston and Fulham when necessary. A group of general practitioners led a protest outside the Poplar clinic with campaign group Keep Our NHS Public.

Organiser Doctor Jackie Applebee, a GP in Bow, said the platform had caused problems for her team. She said: “Surgeries like my own are now getting lots of calls from angry former patients, who didn’t realise that by using GP at Hand they were de-registering from their usual surgery. Some are insisting on re-registering, causing a lot of extra work for our staff.”
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A GP at Hand spokesman said: “People have the right to choose their NHS practice. GP at hand is an NHS service; paid for by the NHS; providing NHS services to all patients – just like the vast majority of GP practices throughout the UK. GP at hand offers GP appointments within minutes via smartphone, twenty four hours-a-day, seven days-a-week, three hundred sixty five days-a-year.  Since its launch in November two thousand seventeen, the service has attracted over twenty six thousand members and received over eight thousand seven hundred five-star ratings for our digital appointments. Londoners clearly like GP at hand, which as a free-at-point-of-need NHS service, extends twenty four/seven primary healthcare access to more members of the public.”

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