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Health & NHS

NHS forced into rethink on PCN service specs

GPs reject draft service specifications.

HIV transmission rate continues to fall

UK on the way to reaching goal of eliminating HIV transmission by 2030.

Wuhan coronavirus reaches the UK

CMOs raise risk to the public from low to moderate.

NHS Trust in 10 year deal with Babylon

Wolverhampton rolls out vertically integrated digital healthcare plan.

Pharmacists asked to be vigilant for suspected vaping harm

Outbreak of vaping associated lung injury in the USA sparks alert in UK.

Scotland’s drugs spend drops for first time in 10 years

Last year saw the first drop in spending on medicines in the community in Scotland in a decade.

WHO retracts opioid guidelines amid allegations

WHO retracted the guidelines amid allegations that drug manufacturers had undue influence on their development.  

NICE fast-tracks epilepsy recommendation

Doctors can prescribe Epidyolex with clobazam, a seizure-preventing cannabis-based treatment.

England's top doctor warns against fad diets

Warnings against fad diets and nutritional quick-fixes have been highlighted by professor Stephen Powis.

NHS to trial anti-cholesterol jab in pioneering collaboration with Novartis

NHS will conduct trials of as yet unlicensed inclisiran in bid to cut deaths from heart disease.

Drug deaths in England and Wales hit record levels

Misuse of heroin pushes drug misuse deaths up by 17 per cent to 2,917.

Help Us Help You Pharmacy Advice campaign launch

NHS England and NHS Improvement to launch an updated Help Us Help You Pharmacy Advice campaign on 20 January.

GP consultations for flu on rise in last seven days

Hospital and intensive care admission rates for flu has decreased over the last week but GP consultations increased.      

NHS App users ‘more than double’ in four months

NHS Digital has reported that the number of patients using the NHS App has more than doubled since September.

Consultation underway on draft PCN service specs

Consultation under way on first draft PCN service specifications.

Flu cases continue to rise

The final days of 2019 saw influenza activity continuing to increase in the community.

NHS issues flu vaccine reimbursement guidance

Advice on which flu vaccines to order for 2020-21 has been issued by NHS England and NHS Improvement.

Scottish govt to recruit 120 primary care pharmacists

Pharmacists and pre-reg posts part of Scottish National Health and Social Care Workforce Plan.

Hancock: ‘We will unleash the potential of our pharmacies’

Matt Hancock: "We will unleash the potential of our pharmacies because there really is so much more they are capable of doing."

Commuters link public transport and winter illness

The study of 2,000 people found that 66 per cent are worried they will catch a sore throat or cough while using public transport. 

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