'All' acute trusts set to end year in deficit, the embarrassing drunk gene and pets passing drug-resistant infections onto owners
A round-up of the morning’s health news headlines
NHS finance chiefs are warning that they will need much more than £22bn to balance the books of the health service by 2020.
The Guardian writes that acute trust finances have, for the first time ever, ’deteriorated so sharply recently that all of England’s 156 acute hospital trusts are set to end 2015-16 in the red’.
The Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), which regularly surveys NHS finance directors, urged the Government to commit to more than the planned £8bn when it concludes the Comprehensive Spending Review next week, or face up to rationing of services.
People who wake up the morning after drinking with lots of regrets, having acted out of character or lost sexual inhibitions, may have a faulty gene making them less capable to handle alcohol.
University of Helsinki scientists who led a five-year study into a biological link, said these people were also more likely to be impulsive when sober.
According to the Mirror, the scientific breakthrough could lead to genetic screening so people with the gene can be advised to drink less.
Pets are in danger of passing on drug-resistant infections to their human owners, the Telegraph reports.
The warning comes from Public Health England (PHE), which urged for a crackdown on the use of antibiotics in animals.
PHE asked pet owners not to pressure vets into prescribing antibiotics for their beloved furry friends, and also urged for better hygiene around the handling of animals, washing their hands before and after dealing with pets.