The HeaIth News UK March 27 2018

  • Official figures show that cases of tuberculosis have dropped in Northern Ireland. A total of 71 cases were reported in 2017, compared with 85 confirmed ones in 2016. In 2015 there were 62 confirmed cases and 95 in 2014. The figures were released by the Public Health Agency ahead of World TB Day.
  • Theresa May is under mounting pressure to bring in an NHS tax as nearly 100 MPs from all parties urge her to agree to a Parliamentary Commission on health and social care. Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, yesterday said that a ring-fenced tax would have the support of the public in a clear indication that the approach has his support. It comes as 98 MPs, including the chairman of 21 select committees and 30 former ministers, have written to the Prime Minister urging her to break the “political deadlock”.
  • More than 3,000 places on midwifery training courses are to be created over the next four years in England as part of plans to meet NHS staffing demands. The government has announced a 25% boost in training places, which it said amounted to the “largest ever” increase in NHS midwives and maternity staff. It follows a similar plan for nurses which was announced last year.

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/health/number-of-northern-ireland-tuberculosis-cases-fell-by-14-last-year-36737282.html

 

Official figures show that cases of tuberculosis have dropped in Northern Ireland. A total of seventy one cases were reported in two thousand seventeen, compared with eighty five confirmed ones in two thousand sixteen. In two thousand fifteen there were sixty two confirmed cases and ninety five in two thousand fourteen. The figures were released by the Public Health Agency ahead of World TB Day.

TB is a bacterial infection spread through inhaling tiny droplets from the coughs or sneezes of an infected person. It mainly affects the lungs, but it can impact on other parts of the body, including the stomach, glands, bones and nervous system. Although a serious condition, it can be cured if treated with the right antibiotics.

Doctor Michael Devine, consultant in health protection at the PHA, said: “Despite the fall in cases in two thousand seventeen, TB remains an important global and local public health issue, so the PHA is reminding everyone of the importance of preventing transmission of TB and how to recognise its symptoms early. He added:  “People may think of TB as a disease of the past, but there are more than ten million new cases of TB globally each year with more than one million deaths, mostly in developing countries.”
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Symptoms of TB include fever and night sweats, a persistent cough and unexplained weight loss.

 

https://www.msn.com/en-my/news/uknews/theresa-may-faces-calls-for-tax-to-fund-nhs/ar-BBKHfUl

 

Theresa May is under mounting pressure to bring in an NHS tax as nearly one hundred Members of Parliament from all parties urge her to agree to a Parliamentary Commission on health and social care. Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, yesterday said that a ring-fenced tax would have the support of the public in a clear indication that the approach has his support.

It comes as ninety eight MPs, including the chairman of twenty one select committees and thirty former ministers, have written to the Prime Minister urging her to break the “political deadlock”.
In the letter they say that they are “seriously worried” that the Government is not doing enough to address social care issues and warn that patients and their families will suffer as a result.
They are calling on the Government to set up a special select committee of both houses of Parliament to reach a cross-party consensus on funding for the NHS and social care, including assessing an NHS tax.

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In the letter they say: “A growing number of us, from across the Commons and more importantly the wider public, want to see a break in the political deadlock that has prevented a realistic approach to increasing resources both to address the current situation and take a long-term view of future funding.”

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It comes amid suggestions that the Prime Minister will mark the seventieth birthday of the NHS later this year by giving it a four million pound a year funding boost. It follows months of lobbying by Mister Hunt and Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, who has called for a “Brexit dividend” to be spent on the NHS. Mr Hunt said that he believes taxes will have to rise to pay for a boost in NHS spending.
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http://www.bbc.com/news/health-43529877

 

More than three thousand places on midwifery training courses are to be created over the next four years in England as part of plans to meet NHS staffing demands. The government has announced a twenty five percent boost in training places, which it said amounted to the “largest ever” increase in NHS midwives and maternity staff. It follows a similar plan for nurses which was announced last year.

The Royal College of Midwives welcomed the move but said training more midwives was only half of the problem. The RCM added that the plan needs investment and time to make it work.
An extra six hundred fifty midwifery training places will be created next year, followed by one thousand new places for the three subsequent years. The news came after midwives, along with more than one million NHS staff, were offered pay increases of at least six point five percent over three years.

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Alongside the increase in training places, Mister Hunt will promise mothers that they will be seen by the same midwife throughout labour, pregnancy and birth by two thousand twenty one.
Appearing on ITV’s Peston on Sunday, Mister Hunt said “continuity of carers” could potentially save seven hundred babies’ lives a year and prevent a further five hundred from being born with brain damage, but “it needs more midwives”.
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Over the last five years seven thousand seven hundred newly-qualified midwives have joined the profession. But the numbers leaving – either because of retirement or, increasingly, quitting the NHS – reached eight thousand nine hundred. In fact, the only reason the workforce was able to increase over that period – by one thousand five hundred to twenty two thousand five hundred – was because the NHS was able to recruit midwives from abroad.

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