‘Misery’ for A&E patients facing record-long waits

One in six crews had to queue outside A&E units for more than 30 minutes, waiting to handover patients to hospital staff – the target is 15. 11 charts on the challenges facing the NHS Royal College of Emergency Medicine president Dr Katherine Henderson said: “The NHS is struggling to escape its spiral of decline. “This will have been a miserable Christmas period for many patients and staff alike.” NHS medical director Prof Stephen Powis said it had been a “very busy” period, compounded by an earlier outbreak of flu than had happened in previous winters. He said the health service was looking to recruit more staff and open more beds to help relieve pressure in the future. In the …

Deal ‘holds NI to ransom’ over health staff pay

“I want to focus on public services, they need to get back to work,” he said. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionStormont talks: Julian Smith warns that financial package depends on an agreed deal Patricia McKeown, from Unison, told the BBC that the dispute over health workers’ pay could be “resolved immediately”. “That’s about holding the people of Northern Ireland at ransom,” she said. “It’s about really infringing on their human rights, health workers and patients alike.” Assembly recall Mr Smith and Tánaiste (Irish Deputy Prime Minister) Simon Coveney made the announcement of a draft deal at a media conference at Stormont on Thursday evening. The Northern Ireland Secretary had asked the Stormont speaker, Robin Newton, to …

Mom says she nearly lost eye after Christmas present she bought son shot into face

She said she purchased the toy on Ebay for her son, who has special needs.  (SWNS) “Thankfully it missed my eye by an inch but I could have lost my eye and the hospital said it could have even caused brain damage,” Cary told SWNS, a British news agency. Still, the impact caused blood to pour from her face, she told SWNS, and she was rushed to the hospital. Cary said she may now need plastic surgery to have fragments of the toy removed from her face, which may leave her “scarred forever.” MOM COVERED IN THOUSANDS OF TUMORS DUE TO RARE GENETIC DISORDER  “I have an infection under the wound and a lump and it keeps swelling up,” she told …

Gorilla at San Diego zoo treated for cataract: See the photos

In this photo provide by San Diego Zoo Global, Chris W. Heichel, MD, a cataract surgery specialist at Shiley Eye Institute at UC San Diego Health, and his team examine Leslie, a western lowland gorilla, in a machine at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s Paul Harter Veterinary Medical Center in San Diego. (Ken Bohn/San Diego Zoo Global via AP) Chris Heichel, a cataract surgery specialist, said he’s performed hundreds of surgeries on humans but never on a gorilla. “Fortunately, the similarities between the anatomy of human and gorilla eyes are great enough to allow us to safely navigate the procedure without complication,” said Heichel. “The remainder of the eye appeared to be in excellent health, indicating exceptional vision potential for …