Daily digest May 5 2015

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NHS staff cuts loom under Tories, warns Miliband

The NHS faces a £2 billion black hole if the Tories win the election, Labour leader Ed Miliband has warned. 

He was commenting on a leaked document that showed that front line staff, including nurses, will have to be cut at almost two thirds of hospitals this year to cover the ‘bombshell’ shortfall, the Daily Mirror reports.

The document warns that 64 out of 98 NHS hospitals polled – or 65% – are set to overspend by a combined £759 million in 2015/16, which is treble last year’s shortfall. Across the NHS as a whole, the deficit is estimated to be almost £2 billion.

Read more on the Mirror website

New test hope for detecting ovarian cancer

Experts have raised hopes of a reliable test for ovarian cancer, after a large-scale study suggested a new method could double the accuracy of blood sample analysis. 

Britain has no screening programme for ovarian cancer, which affects more than 7,000 women each year, because current blood tests are too erratic to pick up most cases at an early stage.

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie opted to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed after this test suggested that she had an elevated risk of the cancer, but the high chance of a false positive has deterred many other women. 

(£) Read more on the Times website

Hospitals bring in security to restrain patients with dementia

Security guards are being called in to hospitals to restrain patients with dementia up to three times a week, the Daily Mail has reported.

At least 17 NHS trusts admit they routinely use security staff to deal with vulnerable dementia patients if they become distressed on wards.

Charities and MPs have criticised the practice as a ‘completely unacceptable’ way of dealing with these patients.

Read more on the Mail Online website

Britain lags behind on deaths in childbirth

Women in Britain are more than twice as likely to die in pregnancy and childbirth as those in Poland, Austria or Belarus, according to a charity.

The UK ranks 24th in the Save the Children annual report on the world's best places to be a mother, the Daily Express reports.

It is the third year in a row that Britain has failed to make the top ten, but a slight improvement on the 26th placing in 2014.

Read more on the Express website


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