Media Watch 536

Attached is the current issue of Media Watch (#536).

Of particular Interest:

Palliative care sector raises concerns over Brexit

U.K. (Scotland) | Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care – 26 October 2017 – The Partnership has written to David Davis, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, raising concerns over the impact that withdrawal from the European Union (EU) may have on the care of the dying in Scotland. The open letter, signed on behalf of the Partnership’s governing council, calls on Mr. Davis to recognise the part that EU health and social care staff play in end-of-life care (EoLC) in Scotland, and to pay due attention to sustaining staff numbers. There is little capacity to absorb any detrimental impacts of Brexit, the letter states. The letter points to research that reveals Brexit could have a disruptive impact on care of the dying in Scotland: 1) Uncertainty over Brexit has already reduced the numbers of EU nurses registering to practice in the U.K. (Nursing & Midwifery Council); 2) 4% of nurses and midwives in National Health Service Scotland are non-British EU nationals, as are 1,400 doctors; and, 3) 6% of the care home workforce are non-British EU nationals. It also expresses concern over the future of EU research funding and cross-border collaboration into the improvement of EoLC. Clinical medicine and biosciences research received well over £200 million in EU research funding in 2014-2015.

“Having an atheist chaplain is about patient choice”

U.K. (England) | The Guardian (London) – 25 October 2017 – The stress of coming into hospital can take its toll on patients and relatives alike and Jane Flint’s role as a member of the chaplaincy at University Hospitals of Leicester National Health Service (NHS) trust is to offer emotional and spiritual support to patients, visitors and staff. The difference between her and the other 12 chaplains is that she is an atheist. Duties are the same as for the other chaplains bar offering prayers, rituals or a religious perspective. Like them, Flint will see non-religious and religious people alike who request her services. The role, says Flint, is about “just being there”, whether to hear people’s life stories, to provide a sounding board, or to bear witness to somebody’s pain