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Digested week: Trump showers satirists with gifts

Digested week: Trump showers satirists with gifts

Monday Even if it was primarily intended as a diversionary tactic to stop people asking her about Brexit for a few days, it was good to hear Theresa May talking about making mental health a priority. Though I couldn’t help thinking her words might have s

13 January 2017 in Health
 
Trump's vaccine conspiracy theories are a threat to your children

Trump's vaccine conspiracy theories are a threat to your children

This week, vaccine skeptic Robert F Kennedy Jr announced that he’d been nominated by President Elect Donald Trump to chair a commission on vaccine safety. A few hours later, the transition team issued a statement saying that that Trump was “exploring the

13 January 2017 in Health
 
NHS crisis: 40% of hospitals issue alert in first week of new year

NHS crisis: 40% of hospitals issue alert in first week of new year

More than 40% of hospitals had to declare an alert in the first week of January because they were experiencing major problems caused by having too many patients and too few spare beds. Figures released by NHS England on Friday also show that 32 people ha

13 January 2017 in Health
 
Politics and protocol leave Indian teen's life in the balance pending TB drug ruling

Politics and protocol leave Indian teen's life in the balance pending TB drug ruling

Shreya Tripathi sleeps most of the day. At night, she lies awake. Only 18, she has been fighting tuberculosis for five years. Her voice on the telephone from her home in Patna, eastern India, is a whisper. If she speaks for more than a few minutes, she b

13 January 2017 in Health
 
Library cuts harm young people's mental health services, warns lobby

Library cuts harm young people's mental health services, warns lobby

Public libraries’ significant role supporting the mental health of young people risks being undermined by swingeing budget cuts forced on local authorities, the head of their professional body warned this week. He added that, if funding is not protected,

13 January 2017 in Health
 
NHS crisis: more money must be linked to reform

NHS crisis: more money must be linked to reform

The biggest crisis facing the NHS is that, no matter how high or low the funding, transformational change fails to happen. It is easy to justify why reform is so slow and patchy currently, but neither did it happen in the years following the NHS Plan in

13 January 2017 in Health
 
NHS chief Simon Stevens refuses to buckle under No 10 pressue

NHS chief Simon Stevens refuses to buckle under No 10 pressue

Simon Stevens intends to remain as the boss of NHS England for at least the next two years and tough out his tense relationship with Theresa May, despite Downing Street aides briefing against him. The chief executive will keep setting out his views about

12 January 2017 in Health
 
Struggling hospitals brace for further spike in demand in cold snap

Struggling hospitals brace for further spike in demand in cold snap

Freezing temperatures sweeping the UK risk plunging struggling hospitals into a deeper level of crisis as the NHS enters its busiest three weeks of the year, health bosses have said. Hospitals are braced for a sudden spike in emergency admissions for bro

12 January 2017 in Health
 
Ministers can’t silence NHS concerns because people can see it unravelling

Ministers can’t silence NHS concerns because people can see it unravelling

Believe hard enough, and you can get what you want. Or at any rate that’s the theory behind the fashionable cult of manifestation, as championed by Oprah; focus on your heart’s desire, tell yourself you’re going to get it, and it’s amazing what positive

12 January 2017 in Health
 
The Guardian view on NHS politics: a truce is necessary but not inevitable

The Guardian view on NHS politics: a truce is necessary but not inevitable

Prime minister’s questions, when the House of Commons works itself into an adversarial frenzy, is not a forum made for non-partisan collaboration. So it was not surprising when, on Wednesday, a request that Theresa May convene cross-party hearings on the

12 January 2017 in Health
 
Generation treat yo' self: the problem with 'self-care'

Generation treat yo' self: the problem with 'self-care'

Yes, it’s true: Donald Trump is gaslighting us all, and the media is lending him a helping hand. The news gets more surreal every day: secret sources, Russian rendezvouses, pizza-based pedophile conspiracies. A constant cacophony of the outrageous and th

12 January 2017 in Health
 
NHS crisis: have you had an operation cancelled this winter?

NHS crisis: have you had an operation cancelled this winter?

Dozens of hospitals in England have had to declare a black alert – the highest form of emergency status – this week after becoming so overcrowded that they could no longer guarantee patient safety and provide their full range of normal services. NHS cris

12 January 2017 in Health
 
Why do people persist in beliefs that are wrong – and even harmful?

Why do people persist in beliefs that are wrong – and even harmful?

Richard Feynman said that the easiest person to fool is yourself. Fooling yourself is a particular danger for the well-educated, who see themselves as smart; and who in all likelihood tend to hang around with like-minded people of similar background and

12 January 2017 in Health
 
The NHS dental service is broken – and its rotten payment system is to blame

The NHS dental service is broken – and its rotten payment system is to blame

Almost as soon as I stepped into dental school in the mid-1980s, an enthusiastic and wild-eyed child dental health lecturer thrust a Venn diagram in my face. Few who are not professional mathematicians can say that a Venn diagram shaped and guided the wh

12 January 2017 in Health
 
Former Tory health minister defends Simon Stevens over NHS winter crisis

Former Tory health minister defends Simon Stevens over NHS winter crisis

A former Conservative health secretary has said it was “unfair” for Downing Street to hint that NHS England boss Simon Stevens was to blame for the winter crisis gripping the health service. Stephen Dorrell, now chair of the NHS Confederation, issued the

12 January 2017 in Health
 


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