Media release archive 2012

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22 December 2012

The Prince of Wales calls for a broader definition of health

HRH The Prince of Wales has called for society to embrace a broader and more complex concept of health. Writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, The Prince describes a vision of health that includes the physical and social environment, education, agriculture and architecture. Emphasising that his point is not to confront accepted medical wisdom, HRH suggests reasons for encouraging a wider perspective on health.

14 December 2012

NHS consultant contract fails to increase productivity

An employment contract for NHS consultants introduced in 2003 and including a 27 per cent pay rise over three years failed to increase productivity. The findings emerge from a 10-year study of hospital consultant activity, published today by the JRSM.

24 October 2012

Harmful effects of global health initiatives are exaggerated

An evaluation of the scientific evidence on the effects of global health initiatives on the health systems of developing countries concludes that the harmful effects have been exaggerated.

31 July 2012

Poor consent practices cause decline in hospital post-mortems

The failure by hospitals to obtain consent has led to a decline in the number of post-mortem examinations from 42% in 1979 to 15% in 2001.

17 July 2012

Professor Sir Michael Rawlins inaugurated as President of the Royal Society of Medicine

The Royal Society of Medicine today announces the inauguration of Professor Sir Michael Rawlins as President.

21 June 2012

Controversial vaccine trial should never have been run in India, researchers say

Research published today in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine raises further questions about a trial of HPV vaccines in India.

21 June 2012

Primary care productivity reforms must focus on cost effective policy options

Health economist Professor Alan Maynard is warning policy makers seeking to improve primary care productivity that reforms must be developed with care and a focus on evidence of the cost effectiveness of competing policy options. Writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, Maynard advises policy makers to ignore the rhetoric of politicians and the superficial analysis of consulting firms, describing the arguments used by the authors of the 2010 McKinsey report into NHS productivity as simplistic and offering no robust evidence to support their assertions.

01 June 2012

New study reveals extent of Jade Goody effect on cervical screening

Three years ago, Jade Goody died of cervical cancer. A new study, published today in the Journal of Medical Screening, has confirmed that more than 400,000 extra cervical screening appointment attendances were recorded in England between mid-2008 and mid-2009 - the period during which Jade Goody was diagnosed and died of cervical cancer.

26 April 2012

Views of old, unwell and disadvantaged people ignored in debate on welfare funding

A gap exists between the health and social care system that older adults expect and what may be provided by a reformed welfare state. Researchers writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine say that the values underpinned by the views expressed by a group of older adults receiving health and social care for life-limiting illnesses are an important contribution to the debate on welfare funding. The research was funded by the National Institute for Health Research Health Services and Delivery Research (NIHR HS&DR) programme.

09 March 2012

Behavioural science-based interventions could reduce NHS DNAs

Patients who fail to attend NHS appointments (Did Not Attends or DNAs) cost the NHS an estimated £700 million annually. Latest figures show that up to 6 million appointments are wasted each year but behavioural scientists writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine have shown how simple changes informed by social influence theory could reduce this waste by 30%.

10 February 2012

Volume and outcome studies provide unreliable evidence used in proposals to centralise hospital services

Proposals for centralising hospital services which are founded solely on studies linking the volume of hospital activity to the outcomes achieved are based on unsafe evidence. That is the conclusion drawn in a paper published today in the journal Health Services Management Research (HSMR). Most such studies fail to demonstrate a causal link between volume and outcome and consequently should not be used to justify centralisation.

03 February 2012

Increased risk of death for patients admitted to hospital at weekend but patients less likely to die in hospital at the weekend

Patients admitted to hospital at the weekend have a significant increased risk of death within 30 days of admission but the likelihood of patients dying in hospital is less at the weekend than during the week. These are the results of research published today in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine (JRSM) that analysed all 14.2 million admissions to NHS hospitals in England during the 12 months from April 2009 to March 2010.

25 January 2012

Survey reveals why few UK-trained doctors working in developed countries want to return home

UK-trained doctors who have emigrated to high-income countries may stay in their adopted country because of higher levels of job satisfaction and a preference for an overseas lifestyle, according to the results of a study into doctors working in New Zealand published today in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine (JRSM). Despite only one third of doctors originally intending to move permanently at the time they left the UK, by the time of the survey nine out of 10 intended to stay in New Zealand for the foreseeable future.