Welcome back to the weekly health news summary. This blog will cover the key stories that occurred from 13th to 25th of October. This week new genes linked to breast cancer have been discovered, vitamin D could help to decrease type 1 diabetes risk in children and the NHS abandon plans to hire spare “Airbnb” rooms. Data released this week show that the number of patients be readmitted to hospital within 30 days of discharge has risen by nearly a quarter over the last four years.
The NHS were in discussions to offer homeowners £50 per night for their spare rooms. The start-up company CareRooms were in talks with NHS trusts in Essex to link members of the public with spare rooms with patients who have had a minor procedure. Currently these patients are occupying beds in hospitals as they live alone so do not have anyone to help them during recovery. However, the pilot scheme has been abandoned due to safety risks as “hosts” are not required to have any previous care experience.