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  1. Content Article
    Sodium valporate carries a number of risks to the health of a developing fetus such as birth defects and problems with development and learning. The VSIG are working to reduce usage by 50% by 2023 and are supporting the implementation of the recommendations of the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety (IMMDS) Review, published in July 2020.
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    New NHS pelvic health clinics have been set up to help and support thousands of pregnant women and new mothers who are experiencing incontinence and other issues related to the pelvic floor. Women receiving care at 14 new pilot sites will be treated throughout their pregnancy. Among the treatment, women will learn how to perform pelvic floor exercises with a physiotherapist as well as receive advice on diet with continued support and monitoring throughout. Read full story. Source: NHS England, 13 June 2021
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    It has been recommended by UK researchers that patients, regardless of their metabolic rate, should be given weight management advice as people with obesity were still at risk of diabetes, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. A recent study found that regardless of your metabolic rate, it did not necessarily mean that the patient with obesity were healthy and that doctors should avoid using the term “metabolically healthy obesity” as it could be misleading. Read full story. Source: Nursing Times, 11 June 2021
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    An urgent call for action has been issued in order to help prevent learning disability deaths. Life expectancy among people with learning disabilities is at least 25 years less than the rest of the population. A report comparing data found that while life expectancy had increased, inequality was still an issue. Data findings have showed there was a higher incidence of death among those with learning disabilities during the pandemic, with April 2020 showing 59% of all deaths were due to the virus. Moreover, the pandemic has seen further access to healthcare inequalities, in on
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    The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has submitted evidence to a consultation run by the Department of Health and Social Care. The RCN has raised concerns that female patients are not listened to which results in delayed diagnosis and poor patient outcomes. It has also been suggested that there needs to be a bigger focus on designing services for women's needs and provide better support for women in the workplace, particularly in the healthcare sector. Read full story. Source: RCN, 10 June 2021
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    NHS hospitals have been advised to protect all staff wearing PPE during the warmer weather amid concerns the higher temperatures could increase the risk of heat stress. A letter from Public Health England sent across GP surgeries, pharmacies and hospitals, have recommended that staff wearing PPE should be given regular breaks and have a buddy system so that signs of heat stress can be spotted early on. The letter describes how PPE may need to be changed more frequently which may increase demand. Symptoms of heat stress are similar to heat exhaustion and the necessary actions
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    The NHS has been advised to change the way they identify patients who are sick from coronavirus and those who test positive. Up until now, hospitals have recorded patients sick from the virus and those who tested positive together, whether they presented with symptoms or not. The new advice has been given with the hope that it will reduce the numbers of patients in hospital for the virus. Read full story. Source: The Independent, 9 June 2021
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    A new report published by Devon Clinical Commissioning Group, consultancy Nous reveals worrying examples of discrimination towards ethnic minority staff. It has been noted that attempts at progress and improving equality has had 'limited effectiveness' with ethnic minorities experiencing minimal resources to carry out their roles. Findings showed ethnic minorities faced barriers to appropriate care with staff experiencing "substantial inequalities". Read full story.(paywalled) Source: HSJ, 10 June 2021
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    New data published by NHS England has revealed the number of patients waiting at more than 18 months and 2 years. Insights show the trusts waiting times were not particularly caused by the pandemic, but rather had a backlog since before the outbreak of Covid-19. Read full story.(paywalled) Source: HSJ, 10 June 2021
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    Click on the attachment below to read the full consultation response. Further reading Dangerous exclusions: The risk to patient safety of sex and gender bias (Patient Safety Learning) Gender bias: A threat to women’s health (Sarah Graham) The normalisation of women’s pain (Lisa Rampersad) ‘Women are being dismissed, disbelieved and shut out’ (Stephanie O’Donohue) Women’s Health Strategy: Call for evidence (Department of Health and Social Care)
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    In the UK, Epilim is currently used to treat patients at risk of epilepsy due to its anti-convulsive properties, however it was found that as it is also a teratogen, it can cause an increased risk of developmental, physical and neurological harms to the human embryo or fetus. For decades, the regulator and manufacturer of Epilim did not disclose to patients how harmful the drug can be and as a result, patients were unable to make appropriate and informed decisions regarding their healthcare. Read the full article Further recommended reading: Analysing the Cumberlege Review
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    The Royal College of Nursing has warned there has been a rise in unqualified people being recruited for registered nursing roles, posing a significant risk to patient care and safety. Owing to staff shortages, employers have opted to encourage candidates without a registered nursing qualification to apply for nurse vacancies. It has been found that registered nursing positions have been opened up to allied health professionals as well as a matron role being open to those without the appropriate qualifications and experience. It has been warned that this continued practice with rai
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    It has been recommended that GPs should see all children under five who present with respiratory symptoms in-person. Concerns have been raised that whilst in lockdown, respiratory viruses will rise when lockdown lifts due a lack of exposure owing to current safety measures. The new guidance was given to Primary Care staff via their latest bulletin advising that if children are showing respiratory symptoms, they should be tested for Covid-19 but that doctors should also make a clinical assessment in-person. Read full story. Source: BMJ, 9 June 2021
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    New analysis from Scotland has found there may be a possible, though small, increased risk of developing a condition called idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) after administration of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Vaccine. Doctors assure patients that the condition is treatable and often mild and it is more often seen in those who have pre-existing health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or kidney disease. The condition has also been seen in patients after taking other vaccines including the flu, MMR and hepatitis B. Read full story. Source: The Guardian, 9 June
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    News insights from a a review of NHS England data has found access inequalities across regions in England. Notably, the review found Orthopaedics patients suffered worse waiting times than others with some having to wait for more than 52 weeks before they could receive their treatment. Data analysis showed that by the end of March 2021, there were more than 400, 000 people on hospital waiting lists for more than a year. Read full story. Source: BBC News, 10 June 2021