What causes breast and oral cancer, heart disease, strokes, liver cirrhosis, depression, memory impairment and reduced fertility? . . . . . . . . Alcohol.
More dangerous than heroine
NHS figures show that alcohol related hospital admissions peaked in 2010 when over a million people were admitted. Alcohol Concern predicts that by 2015, the annual number of hospital admissions due to alcohol will reach 1.5m, and cost the NHS £3.7bn a year. A 2010 study in The Lancet suggests that alcohol is more dangerous than heroine. A study by the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs agrees, and ranks alcohol as three times more harmful than cocaine or tobacco.
The WHO’s 2014 Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health said that in 2012 there were 3.3m alcohol related deaths worldwide, and called on governments to implement policies to reduce the harmful use of alcohol.
London heart attack sufferers taken to a specialist cardiac centre have a 60% chance of survival, whereas those taken to an A&E unit only have, at best, a 26% chance of survival: according to unpublished information from the London Ambulance Service.
Experts say that the current provision of cardiac services in north and east London have, "relatively poor patient outcomes in comparison to the rest of England", and suggest that St Bartholomew's Hospital in central London should be transformed into a huge cardiovascular surgery unit, and a hub for a comprehensive network of care, which would embrace GPs and local hospitals.
For years, world-renowned heart surgeon and philanthropist Devi Shetty, has argued that, “One hundred or 200 bed hospitals are not the solution.” Shetty is the founder and chairman of Narayana Health, which boasts Asia’s largest cardiac centre providing world-class cardiac care at affordable prices. “Large specialist cardiac centres, treating high volumes of patients, staffed by specialists and equipped with the latest technology, save lives, reduce complications, lower costs, and are the hospitals of the future,” says Shetty.
Mr Desai studied medicine at University of Glasgow from1970 to 1975 (MBChB).
After initial training in Surgery in the West of Scotland, and passing his surgical examinations, he became Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians of Glasgow in 1979.
His cardiac surgical training commenced and continued after moving to Hammersmith Hospital in London in 1982. After a further 4 years of training and research he passed the Cardiothoracic Speciality examination and was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1986.
Mr Desai was appointed Senior Registrar at Hammersmith, Harefield and Middlesex Hospitals and in 1990, he was visiting fellow at Barnes Hospital (St. Louis, USA) where he learnt surgery for cardiac arrhythmias.
He was appointed Consultant Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon at King’s College Hospital in 1990 where he continues to work today.
He has been trained in Adult and Paediatric Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery and Transplantation but presently practices as an Adult Cardiac Surgeon.
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