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New Report States 75% of NHS Hospitals Are ‘Unsafe’

Almost three quarters of hospitals run by the NHS have been called “unsafe” for patients in a damning report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

74% of the 150 hospital trusts inspected by the health regulator in the last year have been classed as “requires improvement” or “inadequate” when it comes to ensuring patient safety.

In the report it said: “Our inspections have highlighted examples of poor safety cultures, a lack of processes and, in some cases, disregard for patients’ safety.”

They highlighted several concerns in particular such as cases where non-medically trained staff such as A&E receptionists were being forced to triage patients because there were no medical staff avalargeilable at the time or no medical staff within the vicinity.

They also highlighted not completed safety checks, disregard for infection control practices, ineffective management of medicine and members of staff not receiving the correct training.

Overall, two thirds of NHS hospitals were deemed to be “requiring improvement” or “inadequate” within the report from the State of Care.

The chief executive of CQC, David Behan, said: “A key concern has been the safety of the care – a failure to learn when things go wrong, or not having the right number of staff in place with the right skills.”

“Where people are not receiving the quality of care they deserve, we will demand action – and we are now able to demonstrate that half of services have improved following re-inspection. Some services may need further support to improve, and we will continue to work with partners to ensure this happens.”

But Katherine Murphy, the chief executive of the Patients Association campaign group, said that she found the figures “worrying”.

She said: “It is worrying to see that there is still such variation in the quality of care being delivered.

“This cannot continue. The safety of patients should be the primary concern of all healthcare professionals.”

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Sitting Too Long Won’t Kill You – Just Exercise Everyday

At first, it was said that sitting was just as smoking a cigarette. We then found out that sitting is affecting our muscle movement and brain activity, making our behinds larger, and leaving our DNA open to ageing. To fight against this you were probably thinking about investing in one of those stand up desks. Then, you found out that standing desks weren’t as good as everyone said. Thankfully, a new study has found that our general beliefs about sitting for prolonged periods might not be as dangerous as once said before.

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Contrary to studies that showed even exercise time can’t reverse the effects of long sitting periods, researchers from the University of Exton and the University College London found that if you are otherwise physically active, sitting for a long time doesn’t necessarily mean you are on your way to an early death.

The researchers had 5,000 civil servants in London collect data on when they sat at work and at home over the course of 16 years. 3,720 men and 1,412 women were involved in the study, and age, race, gender, socio-economic status, general health, smoking, alcohol consumption, and diet were taken into account, as well as the amount of walking and exercise the person did.

What they found, however, was that many of the civil servants spent twice as much time walking a day than other London residents, even though the participants used London public transportation.

“Our findings suggest that reducing sitting time might not be quite as important for mortality risk as previously publicized and that encouraging people to be more active should still be a public health priority,” said lead author Richard Pulsford, a researcher in the sport and health sciences department at the University of Exeter.

Though the researchers agree that the study could use more research in determining if sitting can lead to complications such as diabetes, or if a person’s physical posture or lack of motion is the real reason that sitting is considered to be harmful, they concluded their study by stating, “policy makers and clinicians should be cautious about placing emphasis on sitting behaviour as a risk factor for mortality that is distinct from the effect of physical activity.”

It might seem as if every day a new study comes out saying sitting is bad or sitting is not so bad, but either way the message remains the same: Make sure you get at least some exercise every single day.

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First UK Patient Receives Stem Cell Treatment That Cures Blindness

A patient in the UK has become the first person to receive an experimental treatment using stem cells which could in the future cure the eyesight of millions of people.

The woman, who has age related macular degeneration had a successful operation by doctors at Moorfields Eye Hosptial last month. Doctors will not know if the operation will work and she has regained eye_1819937bher sight until December. If she does it could be a massive step is saving sight in millions of people.

The transplant itself contains eye cells, called retinal pigment epithelium, which were created using stem cell research and were grown in a lab. The cells then form a patch that can be placed behind th
e retina during surgery.

If the operation proves a success and the patient regains her sight the potential for this stem cell research could be huge. Although the first patients have the “wet” form of macular degenerative condition the doctors believe that this operation could be used on those who suffer from the “dry” form which is the majority of the sufferers in the United Kingdom.

Stem Cells have moved from drawing board to human trials with incredible speed say scientists. The first embryonic stem cell was grown in 1989. Using them in eyes was always going to have a big advantage over other prospects, because it is possible to transplant them without an attack by the immune system, as would happen in other parts of the body. Most people who have any sort of transplant have to take drugs that suppress the immune system for the rest of their lives.

Stem Cells are believed to be the way forward and if this operation proves to be a success then we are taking a huge step in medical science as well as researching more on the use of stem cells.