GPs fear misdiagnoses, 'thousands' hospitalised with malnourishment, and unhealthy sausage sales plummet
A round-up of the morning’s health news headlines
Nine out of 10 GPs are concerned that spiralling workload pressures will result in missed diagnoses by overstretched doctors, the Guardian reports.
According to a ComRes poll of 504 UK GPs, on behalf of the RCGP, there are growing doubts over the feasibility of the Government’s pledge to employ 5,000 more GPs by 2020.
One in 10 GPs say they are so disillusioned with the Government’s drive for seven day working, in the face of growing workload and dwindling staff, that they will leave the profession in the next year.
Thousands of hospital admissions are due to malnourishment, reports the BBC, with more than 2,000 cases of patients with malnutrition reported at 43 trusts last year.
The findings come from a freedom of information request by a food charity.
Trisha Jarman from Tameside East food bank said: ’There are a lot of people out there that are malnourished. It’s not just people coming into hospital, it’s across the board. People are struggling to feed themselves and their families, particularly at this time of the year.’
The world could be facing an epidemic far worse than ebola unless ‘lessons are learned’, The Times reports.
An expert panel convened by the Harvard Global Health Institute and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine says the World Health Organisation (WHO) failed to declare a public health emergency over ebola quickly enough, and that the epidemic ’exposed deep inadequacies in the national and international institutions responsible for protecting the public’, the paper says.
Lastly, bacon and sausage sales have tumbled following a damning report linking processed meat to cancer, the Telegraph reports.
Supermarkets have seen a £3 million drop in sales in two weeks since the WHO report came out. Bacon sales were down 16.5% and pre-packed sausages were down 15.6% in thr last week of October.
However, The Grocer magazine reports sausage producers are splenetic at being dragged into the scare, as fresh high-pork content sausages don’t fall under the WHO definition of processed meat.