Friday Five

Measles, monkeypox and norovirus outbreaks – this week’s Friday Five!

Norovirus outbreak closes more than 1000 hospital beds NHS England has been forced to close 1,100 beds in the past week because of a widespread outbreak of the norovirus winter vomiting bug. National data showed that the number of cases of norovirus for mid-November was 28% higher than the average for the same period in…

Friday Five

Safeguarding, scandals and coffee cure – This week’s Friday Five

Elderly people in NI at risk of abuse As the Northern Ireland Assembly failed to sit on the 1,000th day since the last election this Wednesday, UK charity Action on Elder Abuse’s newly appointed Deputy CEO Veronica Gray condemned NI’s adult safeguarding policy as “not fit for purpose”. NI remains the only part of the…

Friday Five

Winter crisis, health wealth & vape warnings – Friday Five

NHS facing its worst winter crisis This could be the worst winter the NHS has experienced according to the British Medical Association (BMA). They estimate that more than 1 million NHS patients could face long waits in emergency departments, while the service will struggle to meet demand from patients waiting to be seen in A&E….