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In the news: minor injuries; autism; child mental health; homeopathy

In the news: minor injuries; autism; child mental health; homeopathy

As part of the daily round up, Primary Care Today looks at the leading healthcare stories in today's news

Posted: 8 August 2016

Camborne and Redruth Minor Injury Unit to increase doctor cover on evenings and weekends

The Camborne and Redruth Minor Injury Unit is putting more doctors on duty during evenings and weekends.

The unit will now be known as a Minor Injuries Unit and Primary Care Centre.

NHS Kernow Governing Body GP Fran Old said: "Patients tell us that they want easy to access urgent care services in the out of hours period.

"When they can't, they feel they have no choice but to attend the local Emergency Department at the Royal Cornwall Hospital (Treliske), even when they know they could have been seen elsewhere.

West Briton

‘Healthcare is failing people with autism’

A Chesterfield autism campaigner says more needs to be done to change the way that people with the condition are treated by the National Health Service.

Husband and father Craig Kennady - who himself has the condition - has helped to produce a newly published report into the obstacles autistic people can encounter when seeking medical help.

The report - produced by the Westminster Commission on Autism - found that almost three-quarters felt that autistic people receive worse healthcare than their non-autistic counterparts and 65 per cent felt that healthcare professionals do not understand autism and how it affects someone’s physical and mental health.

Derbyshire Times

Britons under-report calorie intake, study suggests

Britons are under-reporting their daily calorie consumption - potentially misleading policymakers attempting to curb obesity, research suggests.

The Behavioural Insights Team points to scientific and economic data showing people eat 3,000 calories, compared to the 2,000 cited in official surveys.

It says this could explain rising obesity levels, despite decades of surveys saying people are eating less.

Government statisticians say the way calorie data is collated will change.


Waits for child mental health care are 'real problem'

Children who have been referred for mental health assessments in Oxfordshire have faced waits of more than six months.

Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group said 75% of the time they should be seen within eight weeks.

But a report for its board said: "Waiting times remain some way below target, with 38% of referrals assessed within eight weeks."

Oxford Health NHS trust said the waits did not meet its "high standards".


NHS has spent more than £1.75m on homeopathy, despite admitting there is 'no good-quality evidence it works'

The NHS spent more than £1.75m on homeopathy despite admitting all credible evidence indicates it does not work, The Independent can reveal.

Figures obtained by The Independent under freedom of information rules show the NHS has spent more than £1.75 million over the course of the last decade to fund the ingredients alone. Campaigners say the true cost of the treatments could be tens of millions once staff costs, prescriptions and equipment are also factored in.

Last year, the NHS spent £94,300 on homeopathic ingredients for patients. In 2014, they dispensed £110,438 worth of the substances and £137,298 worth in 2013.


London needs a new housing master plan

In the 1920s London was an overcrowded metropolis blighted by smog, poverty and slums. It took a regional master plan to shake off that legacy.

Developed during the second world war, the plan included much of the infrastructure that serves the city to this day including the orbital motorway, airports, suburbs and protected surroundings known as the greenbelt.

There has been no grand vision for the UK capital since. The strains are showing. Rapidly rising land and property prices have exacerbated inequality increasingly pricing out the very people who keep the city running. Nursing posts are going unfilled because nurses can no longer afford the rent. The same applies to ambulance drivers, teachers and construction workers.

Cities across the world will grapple with some of the same conundrums in the decades to 2050 when urbanisation and population growth are projected by the UN to add another 2.5bn people to urban populations. London is trailing some of its peers, including Paris, in finding answers.

Financial Times

Dewsbury doctor's surgery praised for special procedures to tackle human trafficking

A Dewsbury GP surgery is in tiptop condition, according to a government health watchdog.

Dr Chandra and Partners was rating ‘outstanding’ overall in its latest Care Quality Commission (CQC) report.

The surgery, at Ravensthorpe Health Centre, was given the top rating in four out of five criteria, namely safety, compassion, responsiveness and management.

The practice was rated ‘good’ for its effectiveness, following an inspection in April.

The Huddersfield Daily Examiner