A new blood test pioneered by a team at King’s College, London, could be in use at the NHS within five years. Able to rule out or confirm a heart attack in just 20 minutes, the test could save the health service millions of pounds, every year.
Data analysis by the Royal College of Psychiatrists has revealed a “postcode lottery” scenario for people being referred to specialist mental health care. Worryingly, this information has been exposed at the same time as mental health referrals nationwide have increased by 12%.
For the first time on record, more midwives and nurses in the UK are leaving the profession than joining it. Between 2016 and 2017, around 20 per cent more staff left the register of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, than joined it – including a rise in the number of nurses and midwives who left before retirement age.
This year, the NHS are running National Blood Week from June 19-25, encouraging people from all over the UK to donate at their local clinic. Straight after the World Health Organisation hosted World Blood Donor Day, on June 14, it certainly appears to be the time to spread the word and inspire people to get involved, and give blood.