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Top NHS doctor says ‘NHS in danger’ and a drink a day may protect against heart failure – (full-timew)

The health service is not fit for the future and must change, the medical director of NHS England has said, but he denied that it is in crisis. Sir Bruce Keogh said the health service will struggle to cope if it continues to function as it does now, with questions likely to be raised over whether the idea of free healthcare is sustainable.

The NHS’s future is in danger because its model of care cannot meet the relentlessly growing demand for treatment caused by the ageing population, the service’s top doctor has warned.

Prof Sir Bruce Keogh, medical director of the NHS in England, said that without massive changes to the way the NHS treats patients, including far less reliance on hospitals, the service risked becoming unaffordable and could see its entirely taxpayer-funded status challenged.

In an interview with the Guardian, Keogh said: “If the NHS continues to function as it does now, it’s going to really struggle to cope because the model of delivery and service that we have at the moment is not fit for the future.”

An unprecedented shift of resources and care into GP surgeries was necessary to help the NHS withstand the twin pressures of rising demand and tight budgets, Keogh added, given the increasing numbers of patients turning up at A&E who needed to be admitted to hospital.

“If not, we will get to a place where the NHS becomes unaffordable and we will have to make some very difficult decisions which will get to the very heart of the principle of the NHS and its values. This will open up a whole series of discussions about whether the NHS is fit for purpose, whether it’s affordable, and whether the compact with the citizen of free healthcare for all is sustainable in the longer term.”

But he denied claims by medical bodies such as the Royal College of Nursing and by the Labour party that key NHS services such as accident and emergency, GP surgeries and ambulance services are struggling so much to cope with demand that the service is in a crisis. Waiting times at A&E are at their worst level since the current system of record keeping began in 2004 and three of the 10 ambulance trusts in England have had to declare a critical alert over the winter.

Asked if current pressures constituted a crisis, Keogh replied: “No. Everybody that’s working out there in the NHS knows that they’re under a lot of pressure at the moment. They don’t like the term ‘crisis’ being applied willy-nilly.

“It’s an evocative term which is also provocative and is used too freely for the wrong reasons. It’s a period of unprecedented pressure, of undue pressure. But the NHS is facing very difficult times, yes. The word ‘crisis’ implies that you can’t deal with it,” said Keogh. NHS frontline services “are going through a critical phase” but would recover, he insisted.

Although most A&E units are missing the target of treating 95% of arrivals within four hours, they are still attending to nine out of 10 patients within that time – one of the best performances of any healthcare system in the world, Keogh said. But he conceded that the four-hour target was an accurate barometer of how well health and social care services were performing and currently “the barometer is saying ‘stormy’”.

Keogh said that the NHS would have to undertake a “complete transformation” of the way it operates over the next few years in order to keep itself sustainable. That would require hospital consultants to visit patients in their GP surgery and the sickest patients being given much more time to discuss their health than the usual 10-minute appointment with a family doctor.

In future, many patients will be able to get much of their care, including diagnostic tests and an expanded range of treatments, at their GP surgery to save them having to go to their local hospital.

Providing many more services under one roof would, Keogh said, reduce patients’ frustration at having to undertake appointments in different places. “Too many patients find the NHS fragmented [and] confusing. They find that they get pushed from pillar to post; they feel like a ball in a pinball machine at times.”

But he added that NHS England was confident that the major changes outlined in October in its Five Year Forward View blueprint for the service’s future, including an unprecedented build up of services delivered outside of hospitals, would help the NHS remain viable. The main priority in future would be to keep as many patients as possible out of hospital “dormitories” where they do not want to be and could catch an infection.

Keogh pinpointed the lack of local services such as district nurses, beds in community hospitals and mental health support as a key cause of the ever-rising demand for care from A&E units and for hospitals running out of beds. All those services are “very, very busy” because of the rising number of older people with complex medical needs and therefore have waiting lists.

Andrew Gwynne, the shadow health minister, said: “We have long warned that the collapse of community services would drag down the NHS and that is what we can see now that hospitals have record numbers of older people who can’t be discharged. Labour agrees with Prof Sir Bruce Keogh that a key part of the way to make the NHS affordable and sustainable in this century is to give patients more care where they want it.”

A Department of Health spokesman said: “In common with healthcare systems around the world, the NHS is facing unprecedented demand, but undermining the principle of services being free at the point of use is not the answer. Instead, we are backing the NHS’s plan for the future and have provided an extra £2bn in funding next year to transform out-of-hospital care and meet the needs of an ageing population.”

14-y-o and mom beat granny – Elderly woman reports to teen’s school

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A grandmother is now receiving counselling from a school in central Jamaica where her granddaughter attends, after she reported that she was given a proper beating by the 14-year-old and her mother.

Reports reaching THE STAR are that the beating took place recently after an argument developed between the granny and her daughter, who is the child’s mother, after the grandmother wore a pair of slippers belonging to her daughter one rainy afternoon.

It is learnt that the old lady’s daughter became hopping mad when she wore her pair of slippers outdoors and it got soiled with mud. It is learnt that although the old lady apologised and offered to clean the slippers, her daughter would not stop quarrelling with her, resulting in a serious argument between them.

THE STAR further learnt that the 14-year-old granddaughter heard the quarrel and decided to take side with her mother, to the disgust of her grandmother who started to quarrel with her.

It is understood that the argument between the grandmother and her granddaughter got very heated after the elderly woman told her she was a child and she should not get involved in adults’ argument.

This was not digested nicely by the teen and her mother, who slapped the elderly woman. It is understood that the teen then grabbed a foot of the slippers at the centre of the argument, and started to beat the old woman all over her body, causing several swellings to appear.

The matter was reportedly brought to the school’s attention by the grandmother the next day. This was done by the grandmother with the hope that the school’s administration would take disciplinary action against her granddaughter.

The grandmother was, however, told that the school could not take action against her granddaughter, as the incident was a family matter which took place at home. However, the grandmother reportedly got some counselling from guidance counsellors before she left the school and was told to return for more sessions.

Teen’s health worsening… needs urgent attention

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English: X-ray of U.S. girl, age 16 years 8 months, with pre-operative scoliosis. Front, standing, clothed. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Cobb angle measurement of a scoliosis; concave side on the left; convex side on the right (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

MARSHA Wright, the mother of Tahera Hayden, 13, is at her wit’s end.
Her teenage daughter was last year diagnosed with a case of acute scoliosis and ever since, her offspring’s life has taken a downward spiral.
Scoliosis is a medical condition in which a person’s spine is curved from side to side. It is also defined as a spinal curvature of more than 10 degrees to the right or left.
The disease may develop during adolescent growth spurt and is more often diagnosed in females than males.
Wright told the Jamaica Observer that Tahera has suffered from mental and physical trauma as a result of her condition.
“Her body structure shows a visible curve, causing her to lean/tilt to one side. This, of course, has prompted her peers at school to tease and humiliate her constantly,” Wright said.
Due to the constant taunting from fellow students at the Old Harbour High School which Tahera attends, the child has been unwilling to attend school and her grades have fallen drastically.
“She doesn’t even want to go to school anymore. She has not been doing well at school. It has affected her badly. At nights she wakes up crying. She has to endure terrible pain in her back and knees,” the single mother of three told the Sunday Observer.
To correct the unusual growth in her daughter’s spinal cord, Wright would have to fork out $213,000 for a custom-made scoliosis brace.
Unfortunately, even though she is employed, the daily bump and grind of paying the bills, coupled with the ever-worsening economic times, has rendered her unable to find the cash that it would take to make her second child’s life easier.
“As a single mother, I am unable to finance it and may have to face the fact that my daughter will only get progressively worse. It is with this in mind that I am soliciting any assistance that anyone may be able to afford to offset these expenses and bring about hope for my daughter,” Wright said.
Time is fast running out for the desperate mother and daughter, as doctors at the Bustamante Hospital for Children have indicated that the brace should be fitted by July 24 this year … as a matter of urgency.
“She has asked to stop attending school until we get the brace, but I cannot let her stop because her education is too important to her development,” said Wright, managing to flash a smile despite her woes.

CCRP concerned about increase in crimes against senior citizens

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From left, Kandie Dempsey, MS, RN, OCN, CCRP, Cancer Research director, Cancer Research Rising Star award winner Scott Seigel, Ph.D., and Nicholas Petrelli, M.D., Bank of America endowed medical director of the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center. (Photo credit: Christiana Care)
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English: A “playground” for senior citizens (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Flag of the Caribbean Common Market and Community (CARICOM) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Caribbean Community of Retired Persons Limited (CCRP) is expressing concern over the recent spate of violence and other acts of crime being committed against the country’s senior citizens.

According to a releasefrom the company, it is said that the true measure of a nation lies in how it treats its elderly.

The affection and care that we exhibit towards the welfare of our senior citizens are true manifestations of who we are as a people.

CCRP is alarmed over the frequency with which our seniors fall prey to gruesome acts of murder, various forms of abuse, and a host of other crimes, which suggests a society that is either totally unaware or unappreciative of the treasure that lies within its seniors.

Sylvia Sewell, an 84-year-old Gleaner vendor, who was chopped to death, on Thursday, May 30, by a man said to be of unsound mind is just one in a series of horrific acts committed against a member of one of the society’s most vulnerable groups.

According to CCRP, the fact that Sewell was killed in a public area in broad daylight on a busy street in downtown Kingston is cause for great concern.

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CCRP Director and Chair of the National Council for Senior Citizens Syringa Marshall-Burnett, in expressing her concern, said: “This horrifying incident should compel us to look at two areas that need to be urgently addressed: the mental health issue that is affecting our society and the need to have programmes in place to assist our more vulnerable elders who still have to earn a living. We must look at ways to assist them in coping with day-to-day issues”, she concluded.

The CCRP is reminding the nation that our seniors are our treasure. they have made great contributions to the growth and development of our country and we must take collective responsibility for their welfare.

The CCRP was launched in April 2010 with the mission of “working to ensure that the vast talent, experience, and wisdom of our seniors will be respected and that they enjoy the quality of life which they so richly deserve”.

CCRP was founded in 2010 by Jean Lowrie-Chin, managing director of PROComm Limited, as a tribute to the many seniors who had mentored her and supported PROComm. The company houses CCRP’s operations and is its major sponsor.

Smoking kills!

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English: Smoking kills. Written on cigarette boxes as a health warning. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Non-small-cell lung carcinoma (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Every year on May 31, people across di world celebrate World No Tobacco Day. Yes, yes, mi know seh the calendar full and a run ova but this day deh bout from 1987. This year, Jamaica a seh “Stop Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship: SAVE OUR YOUTH”.

You did know seh a whole heap a young boys and girls a smoke in Jamaica. The experts dem seh eight out a 10 school pickney buy cigarette a shop without a problem. Dat nuffi be. Nuff a di pickney dem also live in house weh others a smoke. Not to mention the whole heap a smoking weh dem expose to a road. People, the health a wi youths in trouble and is up to us to save them.

Smoking kills. It harms every organ of the body and causes lung cancer, heart disease, breathing problems and make other health conditions worst. Right now, in Jamaica one in 10 deaths among people 45-59 is caused by smoking. Plus, even if you don’t smoke, you can still die from second-hand smoke. It is just as bad.

On World No Tobacco Day, mi a beg yuh tek time out fi educate the youths about the dangers of smoking. Educate yuhself to, and start making plans to quit if yuh smoke. Mi waan salute all the people like mi fren Pam who quit smoking, and still a live smoke-free. If yuh need help to quit, whether fi yuhself or a child, call the National Council on Drug Abuse at 926-9002/4

High-risk tattoos – Artists reusing needles on clients

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Tattooing in process. Artist: Damien Bart of Bruce Bart Tattooing. Model: Cary Bass. Photographer: Michael Deschenes. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Lip piercing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Body art fanatics beware! Unscrupulous tattoo artists are reusing needles on their respective clients, THE STAR has learnt.

A teen, who claimed to be a victim of the misdeed, said she contracted a strain of the herpes virus after receiving a lip piercing.

The teen said shortly after receiving the piercing she noticed that the area became inflamed and sores started to develop. She said after much prodding by friends she visited the doctor who told her she had contracted herpes.

“I am not sexually active. The doctor said that it’s a strain of genital herpes and that the needle was probably used to pierce someone else on their genital,” the teen told THE STAR. “When I went back to the man who pierced me, he told me that it’s normal for that to happen when one does lip piercing.”

THE STAR was directed to a tattoo shop in the Corporate Area, where it is alleged that the artist also practices the reuse of needles.

Inside the shop was very dirty and used needles, which should have been discarded, were out in the open. During our visit, however, we did not see the artist use any of the needles that were out in the open to tattoo his client.

It is also alleged that some artists reuse ink.

Information reaching THE STAR is that the practice of recycling ink and needles is reportedly higher at events such as parties that offer the service for free, due to the rush and larger crowd.

Prominent medical doctor Jephthah Ford said artists reusing needles should face the full brunt of the law as they are putting the public’s health at risk.

“In the same way that food handler’s permit requires exam, the same should be done for these persons. They should undergo short courses in public health, many of them do not know about public health and hygiene and sterilisation,” he said. “They should also do blood tests for HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis.”Persons going to get tattoos should: ensure the shop is clean; ensure the artist uses a sealed needle; ensure the needles are properly disposed of and ensure that a fresh supply of ink is used.

Support move to ban public smoking

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English: Smoking any tobacco product, %, Males (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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World Health Organisation building south face, Geneva (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson is urging members of the public to support the Government’s move to impose a ban on smoking in public spaces.

Speaking at an exposition at the Clan Carthy Primary School in Kingston recently, Dr Ferguson said the effort is aimed at protecting the health of citizens, especially since surveys show that the nation’s children are partaking in unhealthy lifestyle choices such as smoking.

“The 2010 Global Youth Tobacco Survey undertaken by the National Council on Drug Abuse indicates that 40.4 per cent of youth age 13 to 15 has smoked at least once, and at least 19.4 per cent of those who have ever smoked were under 10 years old. In addition, 70 per cent of the students surveyed indicated that they are exposed to second-hand smoke,” he said.

He informed that six million persons are dying annually around the world from smoking and some 600,000 are dying globally from passive smoking, by just being in the presence of smokers.

Dr Ferguson said the World Health Organisation also indicates that tobacco use is one of the leading preventable causes of death worldwide.

“The Ministry of Health continues to stress the importance of health promotion and actions to counter the effects of lifestyle diseases. Exercise, good dietary practices, reduction in alcohol intake and a cessation of smoking are among the lifestyle choices that will produce the results that we want,” he stated.

The health minister reminded the children that smoking is neither ‘cute nor cool’, and appealed to them not to partake in the practice.

Woman hit by train at Hassocks station

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Hassocks Station – train arriving from London (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A woman has died after being struck by a train at Hassocks station today (April 25).

British Transport Police were called to reports of a woman who was hit by a London to Brighton train at about 9am this morning.

Medics from South East Coast Ambulance Service also responded to the emergency call, but the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

A British Transport Police spokesman said the incident was currently being treated as non-suspicious.

Enquiries are ongoing to establish the woman’s identity.

Southern Rail has confirmed all lines are now open, but to expect delays and cancellations.

A Changed Outlook

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When I was drinking, my attitude was totally selfish, self-centered, my pleasure and my comfort came first. Now that I am sober, self-seeking has started to slip away.


My whole attitude toward life and other people is changing. For me, the first “A” in our name stands for attitude. My attitude is changed by the second “A” in our name which stands for action.


By working the Steps, attending meetings,and carrying the message, I can be restored to sanity. Action is the magic word! With a positive, helpful attitude and regular A.A. action, I can stay sober and help others to achieve sobriety.


My attitude now is that I am willing to go to any length to stay sober!




Does smoking really cause impotence?

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Yes, said medical practitioner Dr Orlando Thomas. Tobacco smoking can definitely result in impotence in men, and if used heavily, could eventually cause men to ‘fire blanks’.
“This is definitely true, because it contains nicotine which causes hardening of the arteries and results in less blood flow to the penis,” the doctor explained.
While young men may not feel the effects of smoking, Dr Thomas said they should not think it will not have an effect, as 10 to 15 years down the line the damage will start manifesting itself.
“If you smoke long enough and hard enough — say 10 cigarettes per day — then you will definitely feel the effects,” he said.
Therefore, impotence caused by smoking is more common among older men.
Studies have found that tobacco smoking has been individually associated with a build-up of plaque in the arteries, a condition called atherosclerosis. This plaque obstructs the blood flow through the vessels, causing a host of circulatory problems throughout the body, resulting in erectile dysfunction. Long-term use of tobacco will eventually cause the blood flow to become non-existent, resulting in impotence.
The doctor stated that an approximate 25 per cent of Jamaican men will suffer from the condition, with an even higher rate among men with diabetes and hypertension.
Meanwhile, some smokers have switched to marijuana because of the risk of impotence with tobacco.
But this, too, has its dangers.
“While tobacco smoking is linked to impotence, marijuana is linked to infertility,” Dr Thomas warned.