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Doctors' strike, avoidable deaths and alcohol admissions

Friday, 01 June 2012

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Thousands of doctors are expected to ignore orders from their union to stage a 24-hour strike, reports the Daily Mail (p6).

Many practice doctors and specialists admitted to the paper that they were deeply opposed to the British Medical Association (BMA) protest over changes to pensions and plan to work as normal. The strike is planned for June 21.

According to The Daily Telegraph (p12), the industrial action could cause a three-month backlog and affect one million patients needing surgery or hospital appointments. The Labour leadership on Thursday urged doctors to abandon this month's strike because of the harm the industrial action could have on patients, reports The Guardian (p29).


A third of cardiac arrests and resuscitation attempts in hospital could be avoided if doctors assessed patients better, reports The Daily Telegraph (p15).

An audit of more than 500 patients whose hearts stopped while in hospital found that in many cases this could have been prevented with better care. The paper quotes a report by the National Confidential Inquiry into Patient Outcome and Death.


The number of patients admitted to hospital as a result of alcohol abuse has risen by more than 10% in a year, reports the Daily Mail (p45).

Nearly 1.2 million people were brought in last year with conditions including liver disease, alcohol poisoning or injuries sustained when drunk, the paper says. The number does not include those treated in an emergency department and then sent home.

The numbers have more than doubled since 2002, the paper says, quoting figures from the NHS Information Centre. Meanwhile, The Independent (p19) reports that drinking by children has halved in the past decade, according to an NHS study.

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