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Toxic environment in the NHS

10 June 2016

Toxic environment in the NHS

The history of disagreements between NHS staff and officials is creating a less than desirable working environment, which is ultimately bringing the NHS down.

The effect of the treatment that Junior Doctors and studying Nurses are being given has brought the level of care in the NHS down. Staff members are less likely to treat their job as something they want to do and as something they have to do.

Nigel Edwards explains that this dissatisfaction comes at a time where there were inevitable shortages, with only 31% of respondents saying there was enough staff for them to do their jobs properly.

He added that "Once the psychological contract with staff is broken, it may be impossible to reverse,"

Siva Anandaciva, of NHS Providers, said "This is a pivotal time for the NHS, with extreme financial and capacity challenges putting extra pressure on staff,"

A baby of three

A study using a IVF technique which involves DNA from three separate individuals has produced successful results.

The baby would, however, only share 0.1% of their DNA with the second woman involved. The child then has a promising chance of passing that percent down to later generations.

This process is to help women who are likely to pass on a genetic disorder to have a healthy baby that is still genetically theirs.

Early pronuclear transfer includes taking the parents main genetic information from a recently fertilised embryo, which leaves behind the women’s faulty mitochondria.

Prof Doug Turnbull, director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Disease said: "This study using normal human eggs is a major advance in our work towards preventing transmission of mitochondrial DNA disease."

Prof Mary Herbert, also from the centre, said: "We are optimistic that the technique we have developed will offer affected women the possibility of reducing the risk of transmitting mitochondrial DNA to their children".

And finally… Thousands of counterfeit condoms found in Yorkshire

A staggering 22,000 fake condoms and 7,000 fake STD strips were seized from a property in home by the UK's Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.

Danny Lee-Frost, of the MHRA, said using the condoms would be "playing Russian roulette" with your health.

The raid was a part of the Interpol co-ordinated Operation Pangea, an yearly event of taking action on the online sale of imitation and illicit medical supplies which they hope to use to highlight the risks of buying online.

What do you think? Do you feel that NHS workers are being treated fairly? Is a three person baby a good idea? And what are your thoughts and opinions on buying medical supplies online?

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