Month: September 2021

NHS Waits: More People Feeling Forced into Private Healthcare

“To be put in a position where you’re basically begging off people, it’s infuriating.” Last October, 12-year-old Hayden Kildea was diagnosed with severe scoliosis, a condition where the spine twists and curves to the side. Left untreated, it can become a dangerous and life-limiting condition. The Kildeas, who live in Strabane, Northern Ireland, say they …

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AHPs Day

On 14th October 2021, the 14 Allied Health Professions (AHPs) will be celebrating AHPs Day. The day is an annual opportunity for AHPs to come together and celebrate being part of the AHP family. It also gives an opportunity to showcase to others, the impact AHPs make to the delivery of high-quality care. Key messaging …

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Opioid Use for Pain relief Increased as a Result of the Covid-19 Pandemic

The use of opioids for pain relief in patients awaiting hip and knee replacement surgery increased dramatically during the pandemic according to new research from the University of Aberdeen. Published in the BMJ Quality & Safety, the study found that the numbers of patients using opioids while waiting for surgery increased by 40% compared to …

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Caught on Camera: CCTV Set to be Placed in Operating Theatres to Identify Cases of Surgical Negligence

Sky News has recently reported that South Korea is to require CCTV cameras in operating theatres. The proposal has been voted on and approved by its parliament this week, meaning that South Korea will be the first developed country in the world to legally require filming of surgical procedures. Why is this considered necessary? According …

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Despite Additional Funding, Workforce Shortages Will Limit the Recovery of the NHS

The current shortage of 1,400 anaesthetists across the UK could mean that more than one million surgical procedures will need to be delayed every year Urgent investment is required in higher anaesthetic training places to fill workforce gaps Responding to the government’s announcements of additional funding to support the elective backlog recovery and the reforming …

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