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Media Monitoring: 6th – 13th August

By August 12, 2022August 17th, 2022No Comments

NHS Monthly Diagnostics data for June 2022

  • The total number of patients waiting six weeks or more from referral for one of the 15 key diagnostic tests at the end of June 2022 was 430,000. This was 27.5% of the total number of patients waiting at the end of the month
  • Nationally, the operational standard of less than 1% of patients waiting six weeks or more was not met this month
  • Compared with June 2021 the total number of patients waiting six weeks or more increased by 123,900 while the proportion of patients waiting six weeks or more increased by 5.1 percentage points
  • In the last 12 months, the proportion of patients waiting six weeks or more at the end of a month has varied between 23.5% (July 2021) and 29.9% (January 2022)
  • The estimated average time that a patient had been waiting for a diagnostic test was 3.1 weeks at the end of June 2022
  • There were 1,564,800 patients waiting for a key diagnostic test at the end of June 2022. This is an increase of 197,100 from June 2021
  • A total of 1,952,400 diagnostic tests were undertaken in June 2022. This is a decrease of 23,100 from June 2021


Health Secretary states NHS needs cannot wait for new PM

  • The health secretary has warned that problems in the NHS must be tackled now and cannot afford to wait for a new Prime Minister
  • Steve Barclay stated that hospitals could see “very serious challenges coming down the track” due to a possible COVID and flu wave in the autumn and winter months
  • One solution proposed by Mr Barclay is hiring more foreign nurses in social care which will help to alleviate pressure on hospital beds by speeding up discharge times


Experts say gene testing of all cancer patients would be beneficial

  • Experts have said that all cancer patients must be provided with genetic testing to best match their tumour to a treatment
  • This call is part of a new consensus statement spearheaded by scientists at the Institute for Cancer Research (ICR), alongside other stakeholder groups
  • They said science had advanced sufficiently that all patients need to have their cancers molecularly profiled as standard to identify mutations and determine their treatment


Antimicrobial resistant bacteria found in newborn children from low- and middle-income countries

  • A new study coordinated by Professor Tim Walsh at the Ineos Oxford Institute for Antimicrobial Research (IOI) and Department of Biology looks at the links between the presence of bacteria resistant to antibiotics isolated from mothers and their newborn babies living across 7 LMICs in Africa and South Asia
  • They show that antimicrobial resistant bacteria are present in neonates after just a few hours of life, and find examples of transmission of sepsis-causing resistant bacteria within hospitals and from mothers to babies


Blood sugar levels can be detected through sweat by new smart necklace

  • A sensor implanted into a fashion accessory is able to be used as a non-invasive way method of measuring glucose and other vital signs
  • Ohio State University researchers there have developed a necklace device which monitors a person’s glucose levels from sweat excreted when they exercise – seen as a revolutionary device in future for diabetics who wish to monitor their levels without pin pricks
  • The sensor was able to pick up the rise in glucose levels resulting from drinking sweet beverages, with scientists hopeful that it can also pick up other chemical biomarkers in sweat used in diagnostics and monitoring


How Noninvasive Diagnostic Technology Can Revolutionize Medicine

  • Interesting article by Ron Erickson is the founder and chairman of Know Labs, a company working to deliver the first FDA-cleared noninvasive glucose monitor


The inflation squeeze on public services

  • The UK economy is under the cosh. Under the Bank of England’s latest forecasts, we are set to experience both a recession and an extended period of high inflation
  • Using this rough estimate for the GDP deflator, we can examine how much less generous departmental spending plans have become in real terms
  • For the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), the planned growth rate drops from 4.3% to 2.9%


A new era of pathogen surveillance using genomic sequencing 

  • Article featuring Dr Joanne Hackett, Former Chief Commercial Officer of Genomics England and Regional Board Member of Movement Health 2030
  • She discusses how genomic sequencing is aiding preparedness and response to public health threats


Birmingham founded diagnostic testing method deemed ready for global rollout

  • A testing method invented at the University of Birmingham is set to be rolled out across the globe after its commercial rights were licensed to COVID-19 test provider, Innova Medical Group
  • Known as Reverse Transcription-Free EXPAR (RTF-EXPAR) testing, this new technology is able to offer detection times of only 10 minutes
  • The speed of the test is based, in part, on its avoidance of slower, reverse transcriptase-based technologies – providing the speed of lateral flow tests with the sensitivity of PCR testing
  • Innova has claimed it is getting ready to boost global rollout, estimating that the testing would be ready for widespread use in 2023

Natalie Creaney