The Health News Untied Kingdom December 17 2017

  • The health secretary has said that The NHS in England is to become the first healthcare system in the world to publish figures on avoidable patient deaths. By the end of 2017, some 170 out of 223 trusts will publish data on deaths they believe could have been prevented. It is estimated there are up to 9,000 deaths in hospitals each year caused by failings in NHS care. The Department for Health said it wanted to ensure the NHS learned lessons from every case.
  • Falls on icy roads and pavements led to a 50% increase in the number of people visiting hospital accident and emergency departments in Leeds. Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust said 310 people had visited its hospitals between midnight on Wednesday and 4:30 pm Thursday December 14 as temperatures plummeted. Medical staff dealt with patients suffering from injuries including sprains and bruising from slips, trips and falls on the ice.
  • A national health survey shows that more than a quarter of young women are now suffering from mental illness. NHS Digital revealed rising levels of mental ill health across both sexes and almost all groups in its Health Survey for England. Women aged 16 to 24 fared worst, with 28% providing detailed answers which suggest probable mental ill health. Experts have blamed social media and body-image pressures for rising numbers of people turning up at A&E in crisis.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 17th of December 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-42347942

The health secretary has said that The NHS in England is to become the first healthcare system in the world to publish figures on avoidable patient deaths. By the end of two thousand seventeen, some one hundred seventy out of two hundred twenty three trusts will publish data on deaths they believe could have been prevented. It is estimated there are up to nine thousand deaths in hospitals each year caused by failings in NHS care. The Department for Health said it wanted to ensure the NHS learned lessons from every case.

There is no standard definition of an avoidable death and each hospital trust makes its own judgment. The data released by the organisations will include details of reviews and investigations into deaths, and information on any action taken as a result. As part of the release from more than three quarters of England’s trusts, families of patients will also be given full explanations over relatives’ deaths. Out of a total of around two hundred forty thousand deaths in hospital, the government says there are between one thousand two hundred and nine thousand deaths each year caused by problems with care.
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Announcing the roll-out, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said each trust was being asked to use the same methodology to determine whether a death was preventable or not.

https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/health/slips-and-falls-on-ice-50-per-cent-increase-in-a-e-visits-at-leeds-hospitals-1-8911066

Falls on icy roads and pavements led to a fifty percent increase in the number of people visiting hospital accident and emergency departments in Leeds. Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust said three hundred ten people had visited its hospitals between midnight on Wednesday and four thirty pm Thursday December fourteen as temperatures dropped. Medical staff dealt with patients suffering from injuries including sprains and bruising from slips, trips and falls on the ice.

While some patients made the correct decision to visit Accident and Emergency, many could have been treated at minor injury units and walk in centres across Leeds or used self-care. A trust spokeswoman said more than four thousand people had attended the emergency departments at Saint James’s Hospital and Leeds General Infirmary over the past week. Hospital emergency medical staff are asking people across the city to help them manage significant pressures on A&E by considering alternative care.  Professor Suzanne Hinchliffe, chief operating officer at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “Like all hospitals across the NHS, we are experiencing very significant demand for our services, especially in our emergency departments.”

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/quarter-young-women-suffering-mental-11690440

A national health survey shows that more than a quarter of young women are now suffering from mental illness. NHS Digital revealed rising levels of mental ill health across both sexes and almost all groups in its Health Survey for England. Women aged sixteen to twenty four fared worst, with twenty eight percent providing detailed answers which suggest probable mental ill health. Experts have blamed social media and body-image pressures for rising numbers of people turning up at Accident and Emergency in crisis.

The so-called GHQ-twelve questionnaire asks participants about their general levels of happiness, depression, anxiety, sleep disturbance and self-confidence. The proportion of adults recording probable mental ill health increased from fifteen percent in two thousand twelve to nineteen percent in two thousand sixteen. In  two thousand twelve, the survey suggested twenty one percent of women aged sixteen to twenty four were mentally ill – up to twenty eight percent in two thousand sixteen. Gillian Prior, editor of the Health Survey for England, said: “The proportion of people with probable mental ill health has risen since two thousand twelve, particularly among young men and women. This evidence gives further support to the widespread concern about the mental health of young people.”

Teens face pressures including stress at school, bullying, body issues and the added burden of the twenty four/seven online world. Girls may also be affected by early sexualisation, and the feeling that their life needs to be as flawless as pictures in news feeds.

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