Managing Long-Term Conditions

Cancer patient left inoperable after Covid-19 delay

Cancer patient left inoperable after Covid-19 delay. AMANDA ROGERS Adrian Rogers and his wife Amanda were left devastated after delays to his bowel cancer treatment meant his tumours became inoperable A bowel cancer patient whose operation was cancelled due to Covid-19 has said "people will have died" from delays. Adrian Rogers, 46, was due to have an operation in April, but after treatment delays his cancer became inoperable. The scaffolder from Retford, Nottinghamshire, said the government could have done more to ensure beds were [...]

Jessica Powell: Investigation into death of mental health patient

Jessica Powell: Investigation into death of mental health patient. FAMILY HANDOUT Jessica Powell's family described her as a "brave young woman" An investigation has been launched into the death of a young woman who was being treated on a mental health ward. Jessica Powell died last weekend after being admitted to Yeovil District Hospital A&E in a critically ill condition on 19 August. The 20-year-old had been a long-term inpatient on Rowan Ward at Summerlands Hospital in Yeovil. Somerset NHS Foundation Trust is investigating the [...]

NHS figures reveal long waits for routine ops in England

NHS figures reveal long waits for routine ops in England. GETTY IMAGES Attendances at A&E in England were 30% lower last month than in July 2019 The number of patients admitted for routine treatment in hospitals in England was down 67% in June compared with the same time last year, NHS figures show. The number of people going to accident and emergency units in England in July was also down on last year, by 30%. The coronavirus pandemic has caused disruption to many areas [...]

French firm Sanofi indicted over epilepsy drug Depakine

French firm Sanofi indicted over epilepsy drug Depakine. AFP In 2018 aggrieved parents protested against Sanofi French pharmaceutical firm Sanofi is being investigated for possible manslaughter charges in France over the deaths of four babies whose mothers took the anti-epilepsy drug valproate. Marketed in France as Depakine, it was found to carry a high risk of birth defects if taken by pregnant women. Sanofi denies wrongdoing and says it warned of the potential risks long ago. It is already being prosecuted in France for allegedly [...]

Cluster headache sufferers face years of delay in diagnosis

Cluster headache sufferers face years of delay in diagnosis, study shows. Research shows misdiagnosis of ‘suicide headaches’ as migraines is delaying treatment for patients. GPs refer only 2% to 3% of people who come to see them about cluster headache to specialist neurology services at hospitals. Photograph: Getty Images/Science Photo Library RF Tens of thousands of Britons who suffer from “suicide headaches” face years of delay in getting diagnosed because GPs often mistake their symptoms for a migraine, new research reveals. Cluster headache, the [...]