Hello and welcome to our weekly round-up of news, views and stats from the world of Health Insurance and Health in general. Our aim is to give you a snapshot of what has been happening in the Health scene in the past 7 days, as reported by the National Media.
Double hand transplant, a tremendous success. Doctors at Leeds General Infirmary have successfully given a Doncaster man who lost both of his hands in an accident at work 3 years ago, new hands.
50 NHS hospitals across the UK have been given the green light recently to miss their waiting time targets. These measures have been put in force, to try and stem the budget overspends that have plagued a number of Trusts over the last year. The BBC reports that any fines that were in place for missing targets in A&E, Cancer and routine operations have been scrapped completely.
NHS England has announced new rules which are to be brought in in August of this year, whereby patients who are registered with an NHS doctor, but have not been to see them within the last 5 years will be deregistered from the Practice. The BBC reports that this follows an exercise in 2009-2010 that identified over 95,000 patients who could be removed, as they had died, moved away or emigrated, which would save the NHS £6.1M yearly.
Yes we jumped on the Pokemon story bandwagon , Pokemon Go is being hailed by some in the media as the new Panacea of video games; one which combines gaming with exercise in the outdoors. However as reported by the Guardian newspaper, there are a number of news stories coming to light where people have been playing Pokemon Go and got themselves into trouble, and even died. (We understand that it wasn’t the game that actually killed them, but the distraction it caused).
Speaking of virtual reality, news has reached the Usay Compare Office of a new phenomenon, roller coasters fitted with virtual reality. Designed to combine the physical motion of the roller coaster and then be enhanced by the visual stimulation provided by a set of virtual reality goggles, it is seemingly a big hit. The German company who developed the system are now retrofitting a number of roller-coasters across Europe.