In the news: Zika; "super surgery"; A&E night closures; health inequality
As part of the daily round up, Primary Care Today looks at the leading healthcare stories in today's news
Posted: 10 August 2016
Fears for patients as doctors pull out of urgent care centre
Staffing woes at one county hospital have increased with the news that two local GP providers have pulled out of the Urgent Care Centre.
The Urgent Care Centre at Chorley and South Ribble Hospital replaced the town’s A&E department, which closed in April due to staff shortages.
The centre, which operates between 8am and 8pm, can treat minor injuries and until now has been partially staffed by GPs provided by two local groups, Chorley Medics and Preston Primary Care Centre Ltd. The groups – which also provide out-of-hours GP care – had put in a bid for a permanent urgent care service, but the bid was instead awarded to a private company based in Manchester.
Lancashire Evening Post
New bid for Blackburn's second ‘super surgery’ for thousands of patients
A late bid has been lodged by health chiefs which could see a second ‘super surgery’ being constructed for thousands of patients in the north of Blackburn.
Health chiefs have confirmed a bid has been made to the NHS which could see a number of GP practices come under one roof.
Those locations which could be affected include the Umar, Little Harwood, Primrose Bank and Brookhouse health centres, and the Brownhill, Roe Lee and Shifa surgeries.
Crisis-hit hospital trust may close Grantham A&E at night
Hospital bosses could shut an accident and emergency department at night in order to combat a staffing crisis.
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust said it is considering slashing opening hours at Grantham and District Hospital due to a severe shortage of doctors.
It said closing the Grantham A&E rather than the departments at Lincoln County Hospital or Pilgrim Hospital in Boston was the "safest option".
Zika linked to baby joint deformities
Zika infection during pregnancy may cause limb joint deformities in the baby, experts now fear.
Brazilian researchers from Recife, the city at the centre of the Zika epidemic, describe seven suspect cases in the journal The BMJ.
The virus, which has been spreading across much of the Americas and has deterred some people from visiting the Olympic host country, is already known to cause a serious baby brain defect.
Plymouth still has 'crushing inequality' and major health issues, report finds
Too many Plymouth people are still living with "crushing inequality" – and the city's recent growth is not trickling down to the poorest areas.
A new report has found major problems with health, education, housing and unemployment, painting a familiar picture and recommending urgent action.
The council's public health boss, Professor Kelechi Nnoaham, fears some people are being "systematically left behind" and wants everyone to help make changes before it is too late.
Sunderland children’s health app set for regional launch
A successful health app designed by local health professionals is set to benefit families across the region following its successful launch in Sunderland.
The common childhood illnesses app, which is also available as a 64-page booklet, was the brainchild of health professionals in the Washington locality, with support from NHS Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
Aimed at parents of under-fives, the app has already been downloaded 1,527 times, and its success has persuaded the NHS to develop a new regional version to be launched across the North East later this summer.
Parents who feed children vegan diet face prosecution under proposed Italian law
An Italian politician is calling for laws that would see parents prosecuted for imposing vegan diets and other “reckless and dangerous eating behavour” on their children.
Elvira Savino, the deputy of the centre-right Forza Italia party, has proposed legislation that would see parents who give their children aged 16 and under an “inadequate” diet sentenced to up to six years in prison.
Known as the “Savino law”, it aims to “stigmatise the reckless and dangerous eating behaviour imposed by parents ... to the detriment of minors”, reports Italian newspaper La Repubblica.
GP offered £20,000 boost to work in hard-to-recruit areas of Tayside and Fife
The Scottish Government unveiled a recruitment drive for 100 new GP training places in Scotland.
Responding to a GP staffing crisis in some parts of Scotland, 37 of these posts will carry a £20,000 incentive for trainees.
Problems recruiting GPs to the north of Angus in the past 12 months have led to services being affected.