Health Law and Ethics

Coronavirus: Risk of death is higher for ethnic minorities

Coronavirus: Risk of death is higher for ethnic minorities. Coronavirus pandemic People from ethnic minorities are at a higher risk of dying from coronavirus, a report by Public Health England says. It shows age remains the biggest risk factor while being male is another. The impact of Covid-19 is also "disproportionate" for other Asian, Caribbean and black ethnicities. But it remains unclear why. A trade union for doctors said the report was a "missed opportunity" for "action" to be taken to protect health workers who are [...]

Doctors condemn secrecy over false negative Covid-19 tests

Doctors condemn secrecy over false negative Covid-19 tests. Medical research has found that as many as 29% of swab tests produce the wrong result Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A woman gets tested at the ‘drive-thru’ Covid-19 swab testing facility at Ashton Gate stadium for NHS staff on April 21 in Bristol. Photograph: Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images Doctors’ leaders have condemned ministers and Public Health England (PHE) for throwing a “shroud of secrecy” over how many coronavirus tests on NHS staff [...]

Contaminated blood victims ‘no closer’ to support parity

Contaminated blood victims 'no closer' to support parity PA Northern Ireland victims of the contaminated blood scandal have said they are no closer to securing financial support that would bring them into line with victims in England. They met Health Minister Robin Swann on Thursday and urged him to address a disparity in payments. Victims in Northern Ireland are paid less than those elsewhere in the UK. They said the meeting was constructive but Mr Swann told them he was keeping his options open. Nigel [...]

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop series on Netflix slammed by NHS chief

Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop series on Netflix slammed by NHS chief. NETFLIX Gwyneth Paltrow's new Netflix series poses a "considerable health risk" to the public, NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has said. The Goop Lab, filmed at the headquarters of the actress's wellness brand, Goop, explores the effectiveness of alternative therapies for physical and mental illnesses. Netflix says the series is "designed to entertain, not provide medical advice". Mr Stevens accused it of spreading "misinformation". A spokeswoman for Goop said it was "transparent when we [...]

West Suffolk Hospital staff ‘feared raising concerns’, says CQC

West Suffolk Hospital staff 'feared raising concerns', says CQC. WEST SUFFOLK HOSPITAL - West Suffolk Hospital has gone from being rated as outstanding to requiring improvement in two years Staff at a hospital accused of conducting a "witch hunt" to identify a whistleblower felt a lack of "freedom to speak up", a report has said. The husband of Susan Warby, who died at West Suffolk Hospital in 2018, received an anonymous letter about her care. Bosses reportedly asked doctors for fingerprints and handwriting [...]