Lyme disease has now spread to every part of the United Kingdom and is becoming increasingly common; because it is transmitted to people by tick bites, it is most likely to occur in people who have been in forests, pastures or heaths where tick bearing animals graze but no one is exempt.
This year for the first time deaths from prostate cancer have exceeded deaths from breast cancer: and yet it feels as if much less attention is paid to it. There is no national screening programme as there is for breast cancer, much less public fundraising for research and no one could blame men for feeling a little neglected. Why is this so?
There is no doubt it is becoming more difficult to obtain a NHS GP appointment when required : in Essex it is not uncommon to find people offered an appointment 2 or even 3 weeks hence, often with a locum doctor with whom they have no previous knowledge. This leads to dissatisfaction for both acute problems, when prompt attention is needed and for long standing problems when a continuing relationship with the doctor is very beneficial. Many NHS GP practices are struggling to recruit doctors and new housing estates are springing up throughout the county with no primary medical care provision in place.
Our children seem to have ever more vaccinations as the years go by and public health measures improve: but within the NHS we have fallen behind other developed nations in the matter of HPV vaccine. Those of you with daughters may be familiar with this one but others may not.