New Chief Medical Officer warns UK is sitting on a health timebomb

New Chief Medical Officer warns UK is sitting on a health timebomb because the NHS is struggling to cope with a surge in the number of elderly patients. Chris Whitty says drastic action needed to cope with number of patients 65+ Countryside districts are often poorly served by GPs and hospital clinics he says Professor Whitty proposes a series of radical solutions to our ageing crisis The NHS risks being overwhelmed by an old-age health crisis, the new Chief Medical Officer warns today. Chris Whitty says [...]

Stoke-on-Trent patient left with ‘terminal’ cancer after hospital errors

Stoke-on-Trent patient left with 'terminal' cancer after hospital errors. Graham Wood said he hoped other patients had not suffered the same experience A cancer patient lost the chance of a cure due to a five-month delay caused by hospital administration errors. Graham Wood, 73, from Stoke-on-Trent, was urgently referred by his GP to the University Hospital North Midlands trust for a scan in December 2018. However, it was not until May 2019 that an endoscopy was carried out and revealed oesophageal cancer. The trust [...]

Being born with no smell: ‘I don’t know what food tastes like’

Being born with no smell: 'I don't know what food tastes like'. GABRIELLA We've probably all got a favourite smell - maybe one that's tied up with a particular memory or person, or lets you know a good plate of food is on the way. Gabriella has never had the use of her smelling senses - and it affects more than just her nose. "I don't know what food tastes like. I can't taste hot drinks or anything sweet and spicy," the 22-year-old [...]

Miscarriage can lead to ‘long-term post-traumatic stress’

Miscarriage can lead to 'long-term post-traumatic stress' Toni with her daughter, Willow TONI EDWARDS One in six women who lose a baby in early pregnancy experiences long-term symptoms of post-traumatic stress, a UK study suggests. Women need more sensitive and specific care after a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy, researchers say. Toni Edwards-Beighton, 36, says she felt she was losing her mind after a miscarriage in 2016. "I felt my grief was wrong because it wasn't a real baby - but I was in complete shock," [...]

Brain-damaged girl in High Court case out of intensive care

Brain-damaged girl in High Court case out of intensive care. PA MEDIA Tafida Raqeeb has been able to breathe without aid for an hour A brain-damaged girl who was taken to Italy for treatment after her parents won a High Court battle to prevent her life support being switched off is out of intensive care, doctors have said. Genoa's Gaslini hospital said Tafida Raqeeb, from London, had been partially weaned off assisted ventilation. Speaking to an Italian newspaper, doctors said she had "spent an hour [...]