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Skin cancer rates 'five times higher than in 1970s'

Skin cancer rates have soared since the seventies, Cancer Research UK says.
Skin cancer rates have soared since the seventies, Cancer Research UK says. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Rates of malignant melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, are five times higher in the UK than they were in the 1970s, new figures show.

More than 13,000 people are now developing the disease each year compared about 1,800 in 1975.

The dramatic rise is partly down to the huge increase in package holidays to sunny European destinations, a boom in sunbed use, and the fashion for a "healthy" tan, according to Cancer Research UK which released the figures.

However, survival rates for the disease are among the highest for any cancer, with more than eight in 10 people now surviving it, the charity says.

NI contribution increase considered to fix NHS 'hole'

Radical plans to increase national insurance contributions to fix a looming £30 billion a year "black hole" in NHS funding and pay for elderly care are being examined by Labour's policy review.

Drastic action needed to keep NHS in anything like its current form, says former minister Frank Field, as elderly care costs rise Credit: PA

According to the Observer, senior party figures said that a scheme advanced by the former Labour minister Frank Field – under which funds from increased NI would be paid into a sealed-off fund for health and care costs – is being examined, though no decisions have been taken.

Mr Field said: "In no way can we have anything like the NHS we have now if we are running such a huge deficit every year. We have to think about the second phase of the life of the NHS. It has to be reborn. Otherwise it will be unsustainable in a few years' time."


Doctor spoke out because trust 'ignored his complaints'

The heart doctor turned whistleblower who won his unfair dismissal case said he felt he needed to speak out because the trust repeatedly ignored his complaints about the treatment of patients.

Dr Raj Mattu told BBC Radio 4's Today programme:

I was rather concerned that the reason I came into medicine, which was to care for patients and to hopefully save lives, was not a priority or certainly a primary aspect of what managers in the hospital in Coventry were focused on.

Patient safety was regularly put at risk and patients were dying that I felt would not have died at other hospitals I had worked at.

– Dr Raj Mattu

Read: Heart doctor 'vindicated' after winning unfair dismissal case

Doctor 'vindicated' after winning unfair dismissal case

A heart doctor turned whistleblower who exposed NHS safety fears said he felt "vindicated" after winning an unfair dismissal case following a long dispute with hospital bosses.

Cardiologist Raj Mattu. Credit: Matthew Cooper/PA Archive

Cardiologist Raj Mattu claimed there was not enough protection available for whistleblowers in the NHS and added that he wants a meeting with Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to address his concerns.

Dr Mattu exposed fears for patient safety and overcrowding at Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry in 2001, claiming there may have been avoidable deaths as a result.

He was then "vilified and bullied" by the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust during a years-long "witch hunt", according to his lawyers Ashfords LLP.

Adults need to stop thinking of bullying as 'inevitable'

Adults in charge need to "move away" from the belief bullying is "an inevitable part of growing up" because the long-term repercussions are so severe, according to the authors of a report into the psychological affects of school yard abuse.

Senior author Professor Louise Arseneault, also from the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College, said:

We need to move away from any perception that bullying is just an inevitable part of growing up.

Teachers, parents and policy-makers should be aware that what happens in the school playground can have long-term repercussions for children.

Programmes to stop bullying are extremely important, but we also need to focus our efforts on early intervention to prevent potential problems persisting into adolescence and adulthood.

– Louise Arseneault

Read: Victims of school bullying still had scars 'after 40 years'

Victims of school bullying still had scars 'after 40 years'

Some children who are bullied at school still feel the effects nearly 40 years after the initial abuse, a study has found.

Read: Surge in online and racist bullying, Childline says

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The scars of childhood bullying leave lingering scars, the report warned. Photo posed by a model. Credit: PA

Read: Deepcut soldier's family allowed to seek new inquest

People who suffered bullying as seven and 11-year-olds were disadvantaged physically, psychologically and mentally at age 50, researchers at Kings College London found.

Adults who were victims of childhood bullying are at greater risk of depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts.

They also had greater difficulty maintaining relationship and had poor academic results.

They also earned less, were more likely to be unemployed, and were in poorer health than those who escaped bullying.

Read: Bullying damages pupil's academic ability, report claims


Health officials: 'Substantial increase' in scarlet fever

Health officials have reported a 'substantial increase' in scarlet fever notifications across England with 1,049 new cases reported from March 31 to April 6.

Public Health England (PHE) said 7,198 new cases have now been reported since the season began in September 2013.

Scarlet fever causes a distinctive pink-red rash. Credit: NHS Choices

Dr Vanessa Saliba, PHE Consultant Epidemiologist, "strongly urgeed" schools to embed good hand hygiene practices within daily routines for pupils and staff.

She added: "Children and adults should be encouraged to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when they cough and sneeze and to wash their hands after using or disposing of tissues.”

Read: What is scarlet fever and how can you stop it?

Scarlet fever is a seasonal disease and this is the time of year when the highest numbers of cases are usually seen.


Baby born deaf set to hear for the first time

A baby who was born deaf is set to hear sound for the very first time today.

Amelie Ring from Holywell had an electronic device surgically implanted to enable her to hear for the first time.

In December, surgeons has to postpone plans to insert bilateral cochlear implants after the 20 month old stopped breathing after receiving an anaesthetic.

Last week the implants were put in place and Amelie's mother, Vicky, described said it was a day the family thought they may never see.

Amelie was born at 28 weeks and spent her first 102 days in Glan Clwyd Hospital after suffering major blood loss in her mother's womb. She underwent nine blood transfusions and a heart operation while in hospital.

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