UK & Malaysia: Healthcare News Summary (24th June)

Note: A hyperlink is attached in each headlines for further reading of the original news.

Table of Contents:

1. United Kingdom News 2. Malaysia News


Headline: Benmor Medical secures UK and Europe patent for bariatric bed innovation Date: 22nd June 2020 Source: Access And Mobility Professional Monthly Visitors: 10,740


  • Benmor Medical explains that the bariatric bed helps to move bariatric patients in and out of bed to administer care.

  • The new features of this bed allows the user to store storable safety rails within the bed frame.

  • The rails also allow the width of the bed to be increased/decreased by moving the barrier rail elements between upright or under-bed stowed positions.

Headline: England's 2.2 million shielders to be allowed 'support bubbles' and to meet outdoors in groups of six, Hancock announces

Date: 22nd June 2020

Source: ITV

Monthly Visitors: 2,394,660


  • People in England shielding from COVID-19 will be allowed to meet other people outdoors in groups of 6 from 6th July onwards.

  • Shielders living alone/Single parents with children can create a "support bubble" with one other household of any size.

  • The government's shielding support package which delivers food and medicine remains available during this period of time to help people adjust to the changes.

  • 2.2 Million 'shielders' in England must follow this guide until end of July.

  • Those who cannot work from home, will be allowed to return to the office from 1st August.

  • Children who are extremely clinically vulnerable will be allowed to return to their respective education settings.

  • Shielders are advised to follow strict rules of social distancing, and frequently wash their hands.

  • 'Shielders' are currently still expected to remain at home as much as possible.

  • However, children, may be advised to 'shield' in future.


Headline: MCO diets drive up Malaysia’s obesity rates

Date: 22nd June 2020

Source: The Star

Monthly Visitors: 3,465,270


  • The World Health Organisation reported that obesity has reached epidemic proportions globally - 2.8 million people die each year as a result of obesity.

  • 50.1% of Malaysians are obese.

  • The National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS) 2019 reported that reported that obesity levels were high among women (54.7%), ethnic Indians (63.9%), people from age 55 - 59 (60.9%).

  • The NHMS 2019 report stated that children (29.8%) between the ages of 5 - 17 are overweight, 14.8% classified as obese.

  • In 2011, only 3.9% children were considered obese.

  • The average Malaysian's life expectancy remains at 75 years old because of NCDs such as: diabetes, kidney failure and heart diseases.

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