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Doctors, nurses, surgeons, anaesthetists and other staff can now pre-register on the UK’s International Emergency Trauma Register (UKIETR) to indicate their availability to deploy rapidly to the scene of emergencies such as tsunamis, earthquakes and floods. It is hoped that more than 400 medical staff will be registered and trained by 2014, said Ms Greening, speaking on the anniversary of the 2004 Indian Ocean Boxing Day tsunami which killed over 230,000 people in 14 countries. Medics carrying bodies in the aftermath of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami The UKIETR was established by medical charity UK Med in 2011 and has already deployed surgical team members in support of non-governmental assistance operations in Haiti, Libya and Tunisia. Greening’s Department for International Development and the Department of Health have now incorporated the register into the UK’s official overseas disaster response. The register helps co-ordinate the deployment of volunteers, to ensure that they have the correct skills, training and experience for the specific situation being faced. Greening said: “The UK public has always given generously to appeals in the aftermath of natural disasters overseas. And UK expert volunteers have been there at the forefront when the world needed them, following the Indian Ocean tsunami and the earthquakes in Haiti and Japan. “Now medical personnel can sign up to the UKIETR to help after serious natural disasters. This is one way the UK can help to stop problems spiralling out of control and also helps us to develop our own disaster resilience.” Professor Tony Redmond of UK Med said: “The register is a major step forwards in harnessing the skills and goodwill of UK healthcare workers and bringing them to the immediate benefit of those most in need. “Although not its primary purpose, the experience gained in both training and deployment overseas can only reinforce our response to disasters here at home.” Contribute to this Story:
In a leading medical journal, the doctor revealed that the process takes an average of 10 days, during which time the infant becomes “smaller and shrunken.” The LCP, in which some 130,000 elderly and terminally ill adult patients die each year, is currently the subject of an independent inquiry that was ordered by Parliament. The ministers want to know if money was the culprit – specifically, whether or not cash payments to hospitals for death pathway patients influenced doctors’ decisions. They wish for their child to die quickly “Medical critics of the LCP insist it is impossible to say when a patient will die and as a result the LCP death becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. They say it is a form of euthanasia, used to clear hospital beds and save the NHS money,” the paper said. Earlier this month, an unnamed physician wrote in the British Medical Journal about his angst at having to preside over the protracted death of children. The doctor wrote about one particular newborn with “a lengthy list of unexpected congenital anomalies” whose parents agreed to put on the pathway. “They wish for their child to die quickly once the feeding and fluids are stopped. They wish for pneumonia. They wish for no suffering. They wish for no visible changes to their precious baby,” the doctor wrote. “Their wishes; however, are not consistent with my experience. Survival is often much longer than most physicians think; reflecting on my previous patients, the median time from withdrawal of hydration to death was 10 days,” said the doctor. “Parents and care teams are unprepared for the sometimes severe changes that they will witness in the child’s physical appearance as severe dehydration ensues,” the doctor wrote.
About 200,000 people deemed well enough to hold a job by hated medical assessment firm ATOS have had the decision overturned. But GPs are demanding a fees of between 25 and 130 to provide paperwork for challenges to work capability assessments, say the charity Citizens Advice. Without it people who have had their benefits snatched away will find it much harder to get them reinstated. Citizens Advice chief executive Gillian Guy said: Charging sick and disabled people more than 100 for medical evidence beggars belief. This process is clearly failing. More than 600,000 of the 1.8million people judged fit to work by ATOS in the last four years have appealed costing taxpayers 60million. About a third have won their cases. Rival firms are being brought in to also carry out the points-based tests after a Department for Work and Pensions review. Patients looking for help in overturning rulings have been turned away by their doctors or charged 130 for in East Staffordshire. Dawn Green , head of the East Staffordshire Citizens Advice Bureau, said:Weve noticed a massive increase in those asking for help. It seems everyone with mental illness gets not score. Patients have been charged up to 115 in Wigan, 25-40 in Wyre Forest, Worcestershire, 45-75 in Knowsley, Merseyside, and 50-100 in Devon. They have been turned away by family doctors in Sunderland and London according to Citizens Advice. A spokeswoman for the British Medical Association said: We have GPs across the country whose workload is ultimately increasing because of the of a fundamentally flawed work capability assessment. ATOS insisted that the high number of successful appeals were not their fault while the Department for Work and Pensions insisted things are improving. But shadow work minister Stephen Timms said: This is further evidence of the Governments failure to manage the work capability assessment and it is disabled people who pay the price. The Government must urgently rebuild a system that is for for purpose.