The Health News United Kingdom July 27 2017

Overview

  • More than 86,000 NHS posts were vacant between January 2017 and March 2017, figures for England suggest. There are currently an estimated 1 million full time jobs across the NHS in England. Nurses and midwives accounted for the highest proportion of shortages, with 11,400 vacant posts in March 2017.
  • According to Mental Health Foundation 6,000 suicides in the UK and Ireland occur each year – with one death occurring every 2 hours. While there are many support groups, and options in terms of mental health services, people who are going through such a difficult time, experiencing such horrendous thoughts, need support from more than just people who are paid to be there.
  • Britain is to ban all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from two thousand and forty amid fears that rising levels of nitrogen oxide pose a major risk to public health. The government warned that the move, which will also take in hybrid vehicles, was needed because of the unnecessary and avoidable impact that poor air quality was having on people’s health.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 27th of July 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto. Health New

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-40715955

More than eighty six thousand NHS posts were vacant between January two thousand and seventeen and March two thousand and seventeen, figures for England suggest.

Statistics from NHS Digital, which collates data, shows the number of vacancies climbed by almost eight thousand compared to the same period in two thousand and sixteen.

Nurses and midwives accounted for the highest proportion of shortages, with eleven thousand four hundred vacant posts in March two thousand and seventeen.The Department of Health said staffing was a priority and that more money was being invested in frontline staff.

The data includes job adverts published on the NHS Jobs website between February two thousand and fifteen and March two thousand and seventeen.

There are currently an estimated one million full time jobs across the NHS in England.

The latest figures suggest in March two thousand and seventeen alone there were thirty thousand six hundred thirteen full-time equivalent vacancies advertised on the NHS Jobs website – the highest total for a month since this type of data was first collected in February two thousand and fifteen. And nursing and midwifery vacancies have topped the list since these figures have been collated. The data includes adverts for doctors, dentists, administrative, clerical staff and technical and scientific staff. The figures do not include vacancies for general practitioners or practice staff. But as other ways of advertising NHS jobs – including adverts seeking overseas applicants – exist, NHS officials say caution must be used when interpreting the results

http://metro.co.uk/2017/07/25/people-with-mental-health-issues-need-more-than-just-suicide-hotlines-when-a-celebrity-takes-their-own-life-6804032/

While some people are lucky enough to have friends, family, and mental health specialists that they can seek help from, others aren’t given that sense of hope. In fact, according to Mental Health Foundation, six thousand suicides in the UK and Ireland occur each year – with one death occurring every two hours. But alongside this one death is ten times as many people who have tried to commit suicide, but managed to escape it. That’s ten people attempting suicide every two hours.

While there are many support groups, and options in terms of mental health services, people who are going through such a difficult time, experiencing such horrendous thoughts, need support from more than just people who are paid to be there.

They need family and friends. They need to know that it’s okay to speak out – by seeing people raising awareness on a more frequent basis. Because frankly, it seems as though the only time suicide is spoken about widely is when somebody does decide that suicide is their only option. For instance, legendary Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington recently committed suicide – and the country was crushed. People wrote status after status about what an incredible musician he was, what an amazing front man he was, and how true his lyrics were.And these people were right. Alongside the mountain of positive comments and RIPs came messages under the article from people urging others to call the Samaritans hotline if they are contemplating suicide. And this is fantastic – people need to know that they have options if they are putting themselves in a dangerous situation.

It should not take such drastic measures for us to feel we can reach out to remind those who are struggling that there is help for them and that we are there for them – and it takes more than just a Facebook status to truly help someone. There are many things you can do to show your friends, colleagues and social media acquaintances that you are there for them, that you are open to conversations about mental health and suicide and that you are always, always ready to help.

Many mental health organisations raise money for better and bigger mental health support. If you want to give more people in need the help to prevent them from putting themselves in danger, donate a little – it’ll go further than a few likes on a Facebook status.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jul/25/britain-to-ban-sale-of-all-diesel-and-petrol-cars-and-vans-from-2040

Britain is to ban all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from two thousand and forty amid fears that rising levels of nitrogen oxide pose a major risk to public health. The commitment, which follows a similar pledge in France, is part of the government’s much-anticipated clean air plan, which has been at the heart of a protracted high court legal battle. The government warned that the move, which will also take in hybrid vehicles, was needed because of the unnecessary and avoidable impact that poor air quality was having on people’s health.

Ministers believe it poses the largest environmental risk to public health in the UK, costing up two point seven billion products in lost productivity in one recent year. Ministers have been urged to introduce charges for vehicles to enter a series of “clean air zones”. However, the government only wants taxes to be considered as a last resort, fearing a backlash against any move that punishes motorists.

“Poor air quality is the biggest environmental risk to public health in the UK and this government is determined to take strong action in the shortest time possible,” a government spokesman said.

The environment secretary, Michael Gove, will be hoping for a better reception when he publishes the final document on Wednesday following months of legal wrangling. ….

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