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Fluoride levels in cheap tea might be harming health

It has been reported that cheaper supermarket tea blends can pose a health risk to tea drinkers by affecting their teeth and bone health. A study was carried out to find out fluoride levels in various teas, including leading supermarket economy products.

For maintaining the health of teeth and bones, fluoride is needed and excess of this mineral can lead to a disorder called fluorosis. Due to fluorosis, teeth can get discoloured and there can be bone pain and stiffness.

GPs support fees from patients to see them

According to a survey conducted on doctors, a serious impact was borne by free routine appointments delivered by the NHS at the point of need. The doctors believed that patients should be asked to pay for routine appointments.

More than 50 per cent of GPs feel that fees should be paid by patients to doctors for appointments. Doctors stated that the fees paid to them for seeing them should be from £5 and £25 per appointment.

100,000 pupils get MMR jabs

Public Health England states that immunization has been given to over 100,000 school age children as part of an MMR catch-up campaign.

About one million kids are being made the target and these are children who have not got the jab.

Following a large outbreak in Wales and England, high levels of measles have become a concern.

In 2012, these cases were 712 but this year during this period these cases have become 1,168.

Measles leads to high fever and rashes and is very contagious. There can be serious complications in one out of 15 cases like pneumonia and brain inflammation.

'Presumed consent' organ donation plans to be voted

Assembly members will be voting for the controversial Welsh government plans for a system of presumed consent for organ donation.

According to the proposed opt-out system, everyone will be considered keen to donate organs after their death until they object before dying to this.

Opponents to this step want that family of the person dying should have the right to stop a donation even if the person concerned wants to donate.

The aim of this initiative is that donors for transplant are increased by a quarter.

‘I feel I’ve been hung out to dry’: Cynthia Bower

`I feel that I have been hung out to dry' is what CQC's former head stated while denying allegations that her management team ordered a cover up at a health trust where neglect led to death of 14 babies .

Cynthia Bower, the former head of the NHS regulator, is facing allegations on backing an order by her then deputy Jill Finney for deleting a report that led to failures in investigating a health trust properly.

It is now being considered by the police whether a formal investigation is to be launched into the alleged cover-up by executives at the CQC.

Ofcom: Sky did not breach broadcast code in refusing to broadcast BT's Premier League ads

In its Thursday ruling in the advertising spat between BT and Sky, UK telecom watchdog Ofcom sided with Sky; and said that Sky's refusal to carry ads for BT's new rival sports channels did not amount to a breach of its broadcast code.

Ofcom's ruling in the BT-Sky advertising scuffle came after an April complaint by BT, in which BT said that Sky had refused to promote the coverage of BT's Premier League football.

Clueless radiographer hired by NHS bosses on Skype

After a period of just two months, a doctor hired by the NHS, was sacked as he did not know about his job.

Radiographer Manik Sharma threw an impression on the recruiters but he could not impress them when e started working.

He allowed patients to take phone calls during their treatment and had to be supervised for this.

It was stated by a senior colleague that Sharma should not display such lack of fundamental understanding in her career that spans across some years. It was stated that Sharma's skills were like that of a university student. He was being paid up to £34,000-a-year.

Body taken to mortuary shows signs of life, probe launched

After a body that was taken to a mortuary showed potential signs of life, a probe has been launched into the matter.

On Friday, a man had fallen off the Kessock Bridge at Inverness. There were attempts made to resuscitate him but he was declared dead on the spot.

The body was taken to Raigmore Hospital by an undertaker. While doing routine checks, the staff at the hospital became concerned after the body showed signs of life. The man was later declared dead.

Fifty per cent GPs at high risk of burnout

About fifty per cent of the GPs are affecting their mental health as they face a risk of burning out massively. The majority of these GPs state that they don't believe that they are influencing others' lives in a positive way at all. A survey stated this after questioning 1800 GPs.

The survey states that the risk of getting burnt out highly is faced by 43 per cent of the GPs. The chances of this are more among those who have partners and those working in deprived areas.

England’s social care has bleak future

Council chiefs have stated that despite changes planned, England has an uncertain future in regard to social care as services have been forced into budget cuts.

According to research by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, this year alone, from the £16bn budget, £800m was likely to be taken.

It was warned by the group that this definitely meant that things were going from bad to worse.

This follows after things becoming evident that the government is all set to state in the Queen's Speech that it is determined to reform the system.

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