Spanish Nurses Hunted by British Health Service Reply

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Spanish nurses are being hunted down in the workplace, as a zealous recruitment drive in the UK as seeing them targeted with offers for work in the UK NHS.

Mark Nolan writes for The–The Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust has confirmed that a trip by three members of the hospital to Madrid last month has resulted in five new nurses being recruited for the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and Calderdale Royal Hospital.

The reason for the Spanish recruitment campaign is said to be due to a struggle to fill nursing positions locally, and so a Human Resources Manager, accompanied by two nurse recruiters, jetted off to Spain, where they interviewed just 8 candidates, offering 5 of them a new job in the New Year.

With the offer of a relocation package that includes on-site accommodation, rotational experience around the hospital and in community and a training programme, as well as an attractive salary, it seems like the loss to the Spanish healthcare system is nothing but a gain to the NHS.



Barcelona Doctors Believe They’ve Found Cure for AIDS Virus Reply

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Nicole Akoukou Thompson writes for Latin–Spanish doctors in Barcelona believe they’ve found the cure to HIV. By using blood transplants from the umbilical cords of individuals with a genetic resistance to HIV, Spanish medical professionals believe they can best the AIDS-causing virus. The procedure has already been successful, “curing” a patient in just three months.

Five years ago, an infected 37-year-old man from Barcelona began receiving a transplant of blood from an umbilical cord, and he was cured. Unfortunately, the man died of cancer just three years later, after developing lymphoma. Nonetheless, the Spanish medical team involved remain committed to the technique, and they consider their work to be a breakthrough in the battle against HIV and related conditions, according to the Spanish newspaper, El Mundo.

According to Spanish news site The Local, the CCR5 Delta 35 mutation affects a protein in white blood cells, and it provides an estimated 1 percent human population with heightened resistance to HIV infection. Following cancer treatment, the HIV virus also disappeared for Timothy Brown, an HIV patient who developed leukaemia before receiving experimental treatment in Berlin. He was the initial subject for the technique, and he was given bone marrow from a donor who carried resistance to mutation from HIV.


Spain: Medical Tourists to Double Within Five Years Reply

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Tourism–The number of medical tourists coming to Spain is expected to double in the next five years. A new public-private partnership ‘SpainCares’ has been proposed to boost the segment and to achieve 200,000 travelers seeking medical care in the country in 2019. 

According to estimates from the president of the Spanish Tourism Cluster of Health, Íñigo Valcaneras, cooperation with the Ministry of Industry in this area could place Spain among the top three medical tourism countries in the world, shortening the distance that separates it from countries like the United States, Morocco and the Czech Republic. “Our sectors are much more competitive from the point of view of health and tourism, especially when we unleash our full potential with this initiative,” said Valcaneras. To achieve it, the Tourism Cluster, through the EOI Foundation and Secretary of State for Tourism, and the body of private companies have signed two agreements to organize activities to attract foreign patients generating revenue and employment in Spain.


Ebola: Cured Spanish Nurse Teresa Romero Recounts Illness Reply

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The Spanish nurse who became the first person known to have contracted Ebola outside West Africa in the latest outbreak has given an emotional account of her ordeal as she left hospital., Madrid–Teresa Romero said she had clung to memories of family when she thought she was dying and still does not know how she caught the disease. She had treated two returning Spanish missionaries who later died. She vowed to donate blood to other Ebola victims until she “ran dry”. But in her first press conference after being discharged from the Carlos III hospital, she also condemned Spanish officials for putting down her dog. She said they had unnecessarily “executed” the mixed breed Excalibur.

On her release from hospital, an emotional Ms Romero, 44, read a statement, saying: “When I felt I was dying I would cling to my memories, to my family and my husband, I was isolated and I did not have any contact with the exterior except with (husband) Javier by telephone.” She said she felt the disease “did not matter to the Western world until there was an infection here”. She added: “I don’t know what failed, or if anything failed. I just know that I don’t hold any grudges.” Ms Romero recovered after being given a variety of treatments including blood plasma from survivor Paciencia Melgar. Ms Romero said that she wanted to meet the nun and “give her a big hug”. “I can never be grateful enough,” she said.


What This Small Island Can Teach the World about Disease Control Reply

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West Africa needs what Cuba has: a well-trained, coordinated healthcare system. Anything less and Ebola wins

The–Guatemala, Pakistan, Indonesia, Haiti. Four different nations that share a common experience: in the past decade, they were all struck by natural disasters which overwhelmed their under-staffed and under-funded public health systems. Into the rubble, flooding, and chaos of these distinct cultures and contexts, Cuba dispatched a specialised disaster and epidemic control team to support local health providers. It was a story of unprecedented medical solidarity by a developing country which few media outlets picked up – until now.

The Henry Reeve Brigade, as it’s known, was established in 2005 by more than 1,500 Cuban health professionals trained in disaster medicine and infectious disease containment; built on 40 years of medical aid experience, the volunteer team was outfitted with essential medicines and equipment and prepared to deploy to US regions ravaged by Hurricane Katrina (the offer was rejected by the Bush administration). Today, Cuba’s Henry Reeve Brigade is the largest medical team on the ground in west Africa battling Ebola.


Spain’s Model Organ Donor System in Jeopardy? Reply

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Spanish transplant candidates are some of the most likely to receive an organ, since the country has the highest organ donation rate in the world: 35.1 donors per million.

Evangeline O’Regan writes for Al–Sonia Gallego, 30, was born with polycystic kidney disease. Since birth, she has had ongoing renal dialysis, and undergone three kidney transplants. Now, she is back on the waiting list and on stand-by to receive her fourth kidney. “He [the kidney] can come when he wants, as long as he arrives all right and stays for many years,” says Sonia with a touch of humour. “That’s the most important thing”. Worldwide, there are one million patients just like Sonia waiting to receive a much needed heart, kidney, liver, lungs, or pancreas. According to the Global Observatory on Donation and Transplantation (associated with the World Health Organisation) just 100,000 transplants are carried out each year. Only one in 10 patients will receive a transplant.