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Mental health cuts ‘risk lives’

Mental health cuts ‘risk lives’

unable to retrieve full-text contentCuts to mental health services in England will put lives at risk, as funds are reduced for schemes aimed at reducing suicides, the government is warned. Continue reading

Warning over NHS doctors’ contracts

Warning over NHS doctors’ contracts

5 February 2013 Last updated at 21:25 ET The NHS must manage its consultants better to secure improvements linked to a sharp rise in their pay a decade ago, the National Audit Office has said. Pay for senior consultants rose by a maximum of 28% after changes in 2003 designed to lift productivity and career development, the watchdog said. While there had been benefits, it said value for money could still be boosted and performance assessed more widely Continue reading

Humanitarian aid workers in Uganda show signs of stress, depression, and burnout

Humanitarian aid workers in Uganda show signs of stress, depression, and burnout

Feb. 1, 2013 — The latest research points to the high risk for mental health problems among staff working in humanitarian organizations in northern Uganda, due in large part to their work environment Continue reading

‘Universal HPV vaccination’ call

‘Universal HPV vaccination’ call

31 January 2013 Last updated at 22:58 ET Schoolboys in the UK should receive the HPV vaccine to protect against throat cancer, a charity has urged. The jab was introduced in 2008 for girls, to immunise them against the virus that causes cervical cancer. The Throat Cancer Foundation says the vaccine protects against other cancers and has urged the government to extend the programme to all 12-year-olds Continue reading

‘Universal HPV vaccination’ call

‘Universal HPV vaccination’ call

31 January 2013 Last updated at 22:58 ET Schoolboys in the UK should receive the HPV vaccine to protect against throat cancer, a charity has urged. The jab was introduced in 2008 for girls, to immunise them against the virus that causes cervical cancer Continue reading

Many A&Es ‘not sharing crime data’

Many A&Es ‘not sharing crime data’

30 January 2013 Last updated at 23:59 ET By Branwen Jeffreys Health correspondent, BBC News A coalition pledge to make hospitals share violent crime data with police is being carried out in only a third of areas in England, an audit shows. Continue reading

Stiff upper lip ‘harms cancer fight’

Stiff upper lip ‘harms cancer fight’

29 January 2013 Last updated at 21:52 ET By Michelle Roberts Health editor, BBC News online The UK’s “stiff upper lip” culture may explain why it lags behind other countries when it comes to beating cancer, say experts. Researchers, who surveyed nearly 20,000 adults in six high-income countries, said they found embarrassment often stopped Britons visiting the doctor. Respondents in the UK were as aware of cancer symptoms as those in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Norway and Sweden, but more reluctant to seek help, they said Continue reading

Government mistrust deters older adults from HIV testing

Government mistrust deters older adults from HIV testing

Jan. 29, 2013 — One out of every four people living with HIV/AIDS is 50 or older, yet these older individuals are far more likely to be diagnosed when they are already in the later stages of infection. Such late diagnoses put their health, and the health of others, at greater risk than would have been the case with earlier detection. Continue reading

Call for soft-drink sugar tax

Call for soft-drink sugar tax

28 January 2013 Last updated at 19:46 ET By Michelle Roberts Health editor, BBC News online Leading medical bodies are calling for a 20p-per-litre levy on soft drinks to be included in this year’s Budget. More than 60 organisations, including the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, are backing the recommendation by food and farming charity Sustain. They say it would raise £1bn a year in duty to fund free fruit and meals in schools to improve children’s health Continue reading

Protest against hospital closure

Protest against hospital closure

26 January 2013 Last updated at 11:04 ET At least 15,000 people have marched in protest against proposals to close services at a hospital in south London. Organisers campaigning to save Lewisham Hospital say the plans are “crazy and ill thought out”. Under proposals, its A&E will close and the maternity unit be downgraded after neighbouring South London Healthcare NHS Trust ran up debts of £150m. Continue reading