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Daily digest September 1 2015

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NHS money spent on holidays, clothes and a summer home for patients

Personal health budgets are being used to finance items such as horse riding, holidays and clothes.

Pulse magazine surveyed 33 clinical commissioning groups and the findings have led to criticisms from some commentators that personal health budgets are often spent on treatments that have no evidence of success.

The British Medical Association said it had concerns over the ‘inappropriate use of scarce NHS money’.

Read more on the Independent website 

UK’s national sperm bank desperate for donors

Only nine men have registered to be donors for the UK’s national sperm bank which was launched a year ago.

The Birmingham-based bank has now launched a campaign to attract extra donors.

Chief executive Laura Witjens said that only about 10% of men who apply will make it through the screening process to become a donor.

The bank was started in partnership with the National Gamete Donation Trust and Birmingham Women’s Hospital after receiving £77,000 in funding.

Read more on the Daily Mirror website

Four Seasons begins major review of finances following losses

The UK’s largest care home company may have to rehouse residents because of tight finances.

Four Seasons Health Care has begun an emergency review after losing £25 million in the three months to June.

Its chief executive Ian Smith said the company was in ‘urgent need of government attention’.

Read more on the Telegraph website

Daily marijuana consumption on the rise among US students

Pot smoking in US universities has become far more common among students at US colleges over the last seven years, a study shows.

About 6% of students said they smoked marijuana every day or nearly every day in 2014, up from 3.5% in 2007.

The study authors said that increasingly liberal policies in states regarding pot use have contributed to the rise.

Lead researcher Lloyd Johnston said: ‘These findings largely parallel an increase we have been seeing among high school seniors.’

Read more on the Guardian website 

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