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The dangers of fake medical news online

Attitudes to cancer have changed dramatically over the years, so too has access to information about the disease. More and more people are using the web to research their symptoms and treatment, but not all sites give a true and honest view of the condition.

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Sepsis – The hidden killer

Hospitals are missing the symptoms of sepsis and failing to administer antibiotics quickly enough, according to a recent investigation featured in a BBC Panorama programme. Figures obtained by the BBC show that 24 NHS acute hospital trusts failed to give intravenous antibiotics within an hour to half the patients considered to need the treatment for this lifethreatening condition. Sepsis kills around 44,000 people in the UK each year, and causes more deaths than breast cancer, bowel cancer and prostate cancer put together. It occurs when the body’s defences go into overdrive to fight off a major infection.

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The doctor will see you now… online

NHS England is offering a £45m fund to support GP practices to adopt online consultation systems. However, researchers say that evidence from a pilot exercise has shown that the use and effectiveness of online consultation facilities is limited.

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Medical misconduct

Regulations to be overhauled

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Tearing during childbirth

Women need to be better informed about their birth choices

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Stillbirths

New maternity strategy announced

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Maternity and Obstetrics

Facing an ‘unprecedented workforce crisis’

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GDPR – is your business ready?

We understand GDPR is an important topic to our clients with the new regulation taking effect 25th May 2018. In association with Barclays we will be holding a seminar on Thursday 22nd March, to signpost what you need to be aware of, to give you valuable insights as to how you can look to get your business ready for implementation and where you can go to get further support. Join us to hear our speakers and the opportunity to network over refreshments and wine with other businesses sharing the same issues and concerns based in the area.

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Planning for a future with dementia

Dementia is a brain disorder that triggers a loss of brain function which is usually progressive and eventually severe. The most well-known of these is Alzheimer’s disease which affects about 62 per cent of those diagnosed. According to the Alzheimer’s Society, 850,000 people in the UK are living with dementia, with numbers expected to rise to over 1 million by 2021. The advice from charities caring for the elderly is that everyone should plan ahead for a time when they might not be in a position to handle their own financial affairs, or deal with decisions about their care.

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Is no-fault divorce any nearer?

Last October, the House of Commons Library released a briefing paper dealing with ‘no-fault’ divorce. It chronicles all the many recent calls for reform, including the report of the Nuffield Foundation research, led by Professor Liz Trinder of Exeter University, which summarises the current situation in no uncertain terms: “The failure to implement the Family Law Act 1996 has left divorce law in England and Wales untouched since 1973, and out of step with similar jurisdictions in Europe and North America in its heavy reliance on ‘fault’ as a basis for divorce”.

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