Health & NHS

Animation promotes pharmacy in combatting winter pressures

The Sound Doctor has produced a film urging people with minor ailments to visit pharmacies before going to the GP or A&E

NHS negligence bill quadruples in a decade

The Government must take steps to rein in the increasing cost of clinical negligence claims as numbers rocket, NAO warns

Mouth Cancer Action Month coming soon

Mouth Cancer Action Month takes place next month and is an opportunity for pharmacy to raise awareness of this disease

Electronic prescribing delivers major savings, says NHS Digital

The electronic prescription service (EPS) has provided significant time and cost savings to prescribers, pharmacies and patients, NHS Digital has said

NHS under strain as it reaches 70, CQC report warns

The CQC’s annual State of Care report warns that aspects of health and social care are at a ‘tipping point’ ahead of the NHS’s 70th birthday next year

New frameworks for eye health proposed

The Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning has launched a new low vision and rehabilitation framework

Is the NHS being privatised?

The King’s Fund has looked at two of the issues about the NHS raised last month by Professor Stephen Hawking 

When to give antibiotics for common infections

NICE is giving specific advice about when antibiotics should be prescribed for conditions such as sore throats and colds

Public urged to visit a pharmacy this winter

Stay Well This Winter, the annual campaign to ease seasonal pressures on urgent care and emergency services, starts next month

DH wants more information on generics prices

The Government is seeking greater transparency over the pricing of generics. A consultation runs until November

People urged to get free hep C testing

The fall in deaths from hepatitis C in 2016 – the first in more than a decade – has continued into 2017

HealthWatch: How does your local GP practice rate?

How GP practices are rated can be analysed using the world’s largest patient survey, published by NHS England

More pharmacists heading for GP practices

The second wave of 520 applications for the ‘clinical pharmacists in the general practice’ programme has been approved

Charity appoints pharmacists as clinical champions

Twenty healthcare professionals, including pharmacists, have been appointed as clinical champions for Diabetes UK

Prescribing for diabetes rising rapidly

The number of items prescribed for diabetes is growing twice as fast as the overall increase in prescriptions in primary care

New report looks at under-nutrition in UK children

Health and care professionals should work with parents to improve nutritional awareness the Patients Association said as it published a new report

Boots apologises over EHC price controversy

Boots says it is “truly sorry” in the heated row over the retail price of its OTC morning-after pill

Reappointed Hunt envisages ‘bigger role’ for pharmacy

Jeremy Hunt is prepared to engage personally with pharmacists on a manifesto pledge to make greater use of the sector in healthcare, he told Confed17

Charity opposes axing GF prescriptions

Coeliac UK is “fundamentally opposed” to the complete removal of access to gluten-free food on prescription, as proposed in the Department of Health’s consultation.

Judge expresses ‘regret’ on pharmacy cuts decision

Judge dismisses PSNC and NPA judicial reviews in savage blow for sector

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