The NHS saved £324 million by switching from using 10 medicines to “better value and equally effective alternatives” in 2017-18 – and additional savings are expected this year
A recent Public Accounts Committee hearing was told that a “perfect storm” of events was behind the dramatic price increases on generic medicines in 2017
New legislation was introduced into the House of Lords on July 3 to protect the rights of people who do not have the mental capacity to make decisions about their care
The number of cases is 11% higher than reported in 2016 and 15% above the mean number of 1,558 cases reported between 2008 and 2017
Investment in community pharmacy will be part of measures for primary care “so people don’t need to go to hospital,” the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has said
Provider contracts, including that for community pharmacy, should be aligned to ensure that patients experience coordinated and consistent care, says a report
Targets agreed globally for tobacco use reduction are being missed, says WHO
Many smokers still try to quit by going ‘cold turkey’ despite this being the least effective way, Public Health England has said
LloydsPharmacy has now tested over 10,000 patients since the NHS launched its Healthier You: Diabetes Prevention Programme in 2016.
The Government is launching a series of measures to reduce medication errors and improve patient safety
A new tax earmarked solely for the NHS and social care is among the recommendations in a new report on healthcare reform
PHE has published a new independent expert evidence review of e-cigarettes, advising anyone struggling to quit smoking to try switching to an e-cigarette and get professional help.
Paracetamol, rather than antibiotics or medicated lozenges should be recommended to alleviate sore throats, says new guidance developed by NICE and Public Health England.
Gluten free breads and flour mixes will remain on prescription in England, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced following its consultation launched in March 2017.
A new Red Cross report looks at the problem of NHS patients being discharged back to homes with unsuitable living conditions only to be readmitted to emergency departments
Sore throat lozenges make little difference to symptoms, according to NICE. Sufferers should stick to simple analgesics instead
The DH has granted the CQC further powers to rate independent healthcare providers, such as those that offer prescriptions from GPs online
The increase in life expectancy in the UK is slowing down and there remains a persistent north-south health divide
A survey asking trans people about their experiences of healthcare suggests pharmacies need to improve their approach
A new trivalent flu vaccine (Fluad from Seqirus) has been licenced and is available for use next winter