2019 Media releases archive

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Use of locum doctors rising despite limited evidence on quality and safety

12 November 2019

There is little hard evidence to support the widely held perception that locum doctors present a greater risk of causing harm to patients, according to new research published by the JRSM.

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Emotional trauma and fear most likely cause of ‘Havana Syndrome’

1 November 2019

The cause of the mystery illness among US and Canadian diplomats in Havana is most likely to be emotional trauma and fear according to a leading sociologist and an expert in neurodegenerative diseases.

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Systemic failures in public health system led to deaths in elderly patients

23 August 2019

The deaths of 17 elderly people earlier this summer were the result of systemic failures in the public health system in England, according to a leading public health expert.

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Call for green burial corridors alongside roads, railways and country footpaths

5 July 2019

A leading public health expert is calling for a strategic initiative to develop green burial corridors alongside major transport routes because British graveyards and cemeteries are rapidly running out of room.

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NHS-funded private sector hip operations worsening health inequality

7 June 2019

New research in JRSM shows that the increasing use of the private sector for hip surgery in England is driving down NHS provision.

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Visible public health leadership needed to boost vaccine coverage

5 June 2019

Public health expert Professor John Ashton is calling for local directors of public health to provide visible leadership to address the recent systematic deterioration of vaccine coverage levels.

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Da Vinci’s hand impairment caused by nerve damage, not stroke​, suggests new study

4 May 2019

New analysis of 16th-century drawing by Italian doctors concludes da Vinci’s right hand affected by ulnar palsy, rather than stroke

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Lung cancer under-recognised in people who have never smoked

26 April 2019

A group of respiratory medicine and public health experts are calling for lung cancer in never-smokers to be given greater recognition

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Colombia experience could help reduce UK knife crime and street violence

12 April 2019

A leading public health expert says the UK should learn lessons from systematic violence reduction work in Cali, Colombia to tackle rising rates of knife crime on British streets. The work in Colombia resulted in significant reductions in homicides between 1995 and 2018.

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NICE marks 20th anniversary by dropping social and ethical values from revised social value judgements document

3 April 2019

The former Clinical and Public Health Director at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has expressed dismay at the removal of explicit ethics and values in the proposed revision of the NICE Social Value Judgements document.

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Transgender archive to be showcased at Royal Society of Medicine

28 February 2019

Items from an important archive of materials on transgender issues will be presented for the first time at the Royal Society of Medicine in June to accompany an event focusing on LGBTQ+ health.

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