Proposals outlined by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to deliver seven-day NHS services for patients in England and Wales come under fire as doctors’ unions say that the protests amount to a “wholesale attack”.
The current consultant contract places senior doctors in a contract that will have them on standby during emergency cases. Should the case be non-emergency, doctors could refuse to work during the weekends.
Hunt says he will not allow the British Medical Association to be “a roadblock to reforms that will save lives.” He is also signalling a move to performance related pay as he reforms consultant contracts.
Hunt said that if they cannot negotiation ,they are ready to deliver a new contract. The Health Secretary plans to remove the consultants’ ability to opt out from weekend and evening working by April 2017. All annual pay increases will be awarded based on levels of responsibility and achievement.
Hospitals in Salford Royal and Northumbria are already operating seven days and have seen improvements in both patient care and staff morale. However, the BMA argues there is no “robust modelling” of the impact of seven day services on staff members and working patterns.
Hunt is to respond to this, claiming “the lack of a consistent seven day service in hospitals could mean patients are 15 per cent more likely to die being admitted on a Sunday.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon urges British MPs to consider allowing the RAF to carry out air strikes in Syria rather than being limited in attacks in Iraq. Fallon states there is no legal barrier but he also assured MPs there will be no action without a Commons vote.
His suggestion comes after British tourists in Tunisia were suspected to have been planned by IS in Syria. About 29 out of the 38 tourists who died in the attack were British. The murders were brought about by a Student named Seifeddine Rezgui who was 23 years old.
Prime Minister David Cameron also urged the voting after highlighting that the Islamic State was “an existential threat” to the west as its members in Iraq and Syria plotted terrible attacks against Britain. In 2013, rebellious Tory members voted against Cameron as Labour opposed air strikes on Syrian government targets to deter their use of chemical weapons.
Political analysts said MPs will not risk losing another vote without the support of the Labour party.
Meanwhile, the bodies of the 29 British victims of the Tunisian attack had safely arrived in the United Kindom.
The United States’ First Lady Michelle Obama had arrived in London to promote her girls’ education campaign and better support for military families. Obama travelled with her mother and two daughters and are to meet with Prince Harry and have tea with the UK’s Prime Minister and His wife on Wednesday.
Mrs. Obama is to host an event at the Mulberry School for Girls in East London’s Tower Hamlets. Her event will discuss the possible joint work between America and Britain to help adolescent girls across the world to have education through her ‘Let Girls Learn’ initiative.
US President Barack Obama also leads the campaign.
Michelle Obama also spearheads the Joining Forces Campaign, which encourages more support from the public and private sectors to guarantee that veterans, soldiers and other service members have the tools to succeed throughout their lives even post retirement.
After London, Mrs. Obama is to fly to Italy to meet US armed services families in Europe and to visit the Milan Expo to encourage healthier diets for children.
What might seem to be hilarious news turned out to be true. A truck from the National Geographic Channel is carrying what seems to be the dead body of a T-Rex.
The truck was seen passing by the Trafalgar Square, London Bridge, House of Parliament and Buckingham Palace. The appearance of the Tyrannosaurus Rex looked lifelike. It might have looked real, but we can reassure you, it isn’t.
It is a publicity stunt after all. That’s usual in most big cities. The National Geographic Channel is about to promote a new programme called ‘T-Rex autopsy.
A pedestrian crossing a west London road was hit by a sports car after the racer forgot to time his brakes properly.
Residents along the Great Western Road Brentford described hearing a loud thud after the Mazda MX-5 collided with a pedestrian crossing the six-lane road on Monday.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene as paramedics arrived between Gillette Corner and Wood Lane
The driver of the Mazda was too shaken and upset to talk to anybody by the roadside.
According to residents in the Great Western Road, motorists have been ignoring stoplights in the last few years. Some have said some drivers and motorcycle riders perform stunts on the six-lane road during the night and some even turn back to repeat their performance.
The incident is the second road accident in the area.
Police arrested two men and a driver over the crash. They are now being held in custody. The police are searching for the victim’s next of kin.
According to The British Association of Dermatologists, about 72% of people admit that they were sunburned in 2014.
In the UK, the government recommends that people take a check for skin cancer. About ¾ of the population have not recognised signs of skin cancer from excessive sunbathing.
Each year, 2,000 people die from skin cancer.
The Association warned that Britons must heed the warning. Plenty of Britons believe that skin reddening is just part of their sunburn. British Association of Dermatologists Representative Jonathon Major said that sunburn brings severe disease. Skin reddening is not a harmless part of the process because it could potentially cause skin cancer.
According to Dundee University Professor of Dermatology and British Association of Dermatologists’ Skin Cancer Prevention Committee Chairman Charlotte Proby said that rising skin cancer levels are a major health concern in the United Kingdom.
She added that many in the United Kingdom are aware of the effects of sunburn and excessive sunbathing. However, there is yet to be a culture of sunblock and skin checking in the country.
Sunbathing is very popular during summer in the United Kingdom. Plenty of Britons consider it a great break from the UK’s usual chilly to winter weather.
According to Sally Weale’s Report from 24 separate trials of comprehensive research including 6,000 children around the world, researchers found pupils taught at school could learn about and understand sexual abuse through games, songs and books could report their own experiences quickly.
The report shows that children who did not receive sexual abuse education were unlikely to report their situation. It was shown that only about 4 in 1,000 talked about their sexual abuse. The report showed that those who were taught about it in school brought 14 out of 1,000 students to tell their situation.
The report said:
“Even if successful in only a small proportion of situations, given the prevalence of child sexual abuse, it is possible that the skills and knowledge learned in prevention programmes may be of assistance to a considerable number of children.”
MPs have scrutinised the quality and availability of sex education in England’s schools and Westminster has called for the education to be mandatory to help safeguard young children from sexual abuse.
In some countries, child abuse education has been swiftly implemented with school based programmes designed to prevent sexual abuse.
The possibility of a £100m savings a year for the NHS is not so far off, only if Novartis prioritised consumers over profit. According to the British Medical Journal, Novartis has ‘bullied’ doctors and blocked trials of Avastin, a cheaper medical treatment for cancer that can be used to treat blindness.
The BMJ said the product is cheaper than Novartis-manufactured Lucentis.
Lucentis is used to treat wet aged-related macular degeneration for £740 an injection. Meanwhile, Avastin only costs £70 per treatment.
Novartis is accused of ‘doing everything’ in its power to stop trials of the cancer drug. The BMJ’s investigation uncovered emails through a freedom of information request that clinicians approached by Novartis were urged to pull out Avastin trials.
Queen’s Medical Centre Opthalmologist and the trial’s Chief Investigator Alex Foss said that during the planning stage, a Novartis representative tried incessantly to divert him to Novartis funded work. They even offered him future funds for personal research projects.
“Novartis did everything in its power to stop the trial and challenge its ethics. He said the challenge comes from the RNIB not Novartis.
Dr. Fiona Godlee, BMJ’s editor in chief, said evidence now raise questions about the legal and regulatory positions affecting medical and clinical practices directly.
“Doctors and academics have carried out clinical trials despite threats and intimidation – and doctors leaders should follow suit and not allow themselves to be bullied either.
“Doctors’ leaders also need to sort out the web of misinformation about drug prescribing that has been generated behind closed doors and is costing the NHS hundreds of millions of pounds a year by scaring doctors from using cheap and effective medicines.”
According to Labour Leader Ed Miliband, A Labour-SNP Coalition in Parliament is impossible. He said that there will be no SNP ministers in a government that he leads. He said this was all “scare-mongering” by the Conservative party.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister David Cameron said it was “despicable” that Ed Miliband did not immediately state that Labour has no intention to united with SNP
“Not ruling out a deal, or a pact, or support from the Scottish National Party means that the Labour Party is effectively saying, ‘We’re trying to ride to power on the back of a party that wants to break up our country,” said the Prime Minister.
SNP Leader Nicola Sturgeon said that the Labour leader “ruled out something that no-one was proposing.” Sturgeon said all parties could still reach an informal arrangement to keep out the Tories.
Analysts see that Ed Miliband had not ruled out an informal arrangement with the SNP. The SNP could offer Labour minority governmetn support through a vote-by-vote basis with “confidence-and-supply.”
Miliband made it clear that Labour was striving for a “100% majority” to bring major change in the United Kingdom. While he blamed Cameron for scare-mongering, he had stated that a coalition between the Conservative Party and UKIP would be devastating for the country.
One 28 year-old male and 21 year-old female had been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping 16 year-old Becky Watts, who had been missing since 19 February.
Authorities only have 36 hours to detain and establish proof against the two individuals. The two were part of the three homes police have searched in investigating the missing girl’s whereabouts.
Becky Watts, last seen inside a Vauxhall Zafira with a registration plate of HY06 HYA on 19th February, is still missing. Authorities are now searching residences in Wilton Close, Southmead, Cotton Mill Lane, St.George and Barton Hill.
Her home in St. George now has a blue tent erected at the back garden for the investigation. Officers are using ladders to access the Southmead house.
Avon and Somerset police are currently running six search teams from Wiltshire, Devon, Cornwall and Gloucestershire. A South Wales Dog Unit is also aiding the search.
Darren Watts, Becky’s father is still hoping she will be found safe. However, they are preparing for the worst.
The “Find Rebecca Watts” Facebook Group are flooding malls and public areas with posters of the missing child. They said the police had urged them to help in the search.