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NHS drug rationing plans should be reversed

NHS drug rationing: More than 30 charities have written to the three UK party leaders urging them to commit to reversing NHS measures to increase rationing of medicines. Health officials last month brought in new thresholds which mean access to one in five treatments could be delayed or restricted. NHS drug rationing: Under the rules, [...][...]

NHS cyber attack is now under control

NHS Cyber attack: The NHS has been declared “open for business” after a crippling ransomware attack left large swathes of its services paralysed over the weekend. NHS England said that, as of 3pm on Monday, two hospitals remained on divert following the cyber attack that started on Friday, down from seven on Sunday. However, some [...][...]

Access to medicines: making market forces serve the poor

Access to medicines: Nearly 2 billion people have no access to basic medicines, causing a cascade of preventable misery and suffering. Since the landmark agreement on the Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property, WHO and its partners have launched a number of initiatives that are making market forces [...][...]

NHS faces ‘ticking time bomb’.

Obesity, smoking and binge drinking are pushing the health service to ‘breaking point. Doctors are warning Theresa May the NHS faces a “ticking time bomb” unless the Government drastically increases funding for public health. A report from the the British Medical Association (BMA) claims the health service is at “breaking point” due to a combination [...][...]

NHS hospital waiting lists to rise above five million

NHS Hospital Waiting Lists: The backlog of patients waiting more than 18 weeks for elective care procedures is expected to more than double by 2019 if nothing is done to improve current services, according to a document leaked to HSJ. Total hospital waiting lists are expected to rise by nearly 50 per cent from 3.7 [...][...]

Pharmacy Voice to cease operations end of April 2017

Pharmacy Voice to cease operations end of April 2017. The NPA gave notice in December 2016, to leave Pharmacy Voice at the end of 2017. This triggered a clause in Pharmacy Voice’s governing documents which prevents the organisation continuing without all three of its founding members. As a result, the Pharmacy Voice Board has since [...][...]

NHS patients could face delays accessing life saving drugs.

New rules mean health bosses in England can delay roll-out of expensive treatments after approval by NICE. NICE has imposed a £20m-a-year cap on the cost of new drugs, to be introduced in the NHS in a move to ease some of the financial pressure it’s under. The new measure will be introduced next month, [...][...]

Rationing of NHS services ‘leaving patients in pain and distress’

The King’s Fund Report says Rationing of NHS services ‘leaving patients in pain and distress’. The rationing of NHS services: The enforced rationing of overstretched NHS services is leaving patients in pain and distress, a new report has said. A combination of financial strain, staff shortages and unprecedented demand has led to shortfallings in care [...][...]

The risks behind buying medicines online

Warnings have been given regarding purchasing medications on the internet after an investigation found “widespread failings” with some online providers, according to the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The watchdog inspected 11 internet prescription services in England, finding some “potentially presenting a significant risk to patients”. Risks buying medicines online: The regulator said while some providers [...][...]

UTIs could soon be life-threatening without new antibiotics

The World Health Organization (WHO) has named which bacteria we most urgently need new antibiotics to fight, as they become increasingly resistant to the ones we’ve already got. Top of the list are gut bacteria such as Escherichia coli – a deadly threat in hospitals, but also the leading cause of urinary tract infections, which [...][...]

NPA chairman speaks out on Pharmacy Voice split

  The NPA (National Pharmacy Association) Chairman, Ian Strachan, has spoken out about the reasons behind the organisation’s split from Pharmacy Voice a few weeks ago. NPA split: He talked  exclusively to C+D three weeks before Pharmacy Voice’s announcement that it would disband as a result of the NPA’s decision , Ian Strachan stressed it is [...][...]

NHS hospital activity in England and how it’s changed

NHS hospital activity in England and how it’s changed NHS spending has been protected while other budgets such as welfare, local government and the police have been subject to significant cuts in recent years. Despite this, health services are facing unprecedented financial and operational pressures. In 2015/16, NHS providers ended the year with a record [...][...]

Customer Services Executive

Generic Pharmaceutical company Brown & Burk (BBUK) Limited is recruiting for a Customer Services Executive to support to the UK sales teams and internal departments. Together, they will deliver excellence in customer service, that will assist with the business growth and development plans. This successful person will play a key integral role within a professional [...][...]

Drugs rationed on NHS to save costs

Drugs rationed on NHS: One in five new medicines on the NHS could be rationed under new plans to save the health service money, meaning patients will have to join a queue to get treatment. Cancer, diabetes and asthma patients are all likely to be hit by the plans, which will affect even drugs that [...][...]

Key priorities for the NHS and Social Care in 2017

NHS key priorities: The King’s Fund  think-tank has released a publication on priorities for the NHS and social care in 2017, which states that the system, already stretched to its limits, will have to work even harder to maintain current standards of care and to balance budgets. This requires a continuing focus on operational performance [...][...]

NHS heading towards a blizzard of problems as demand for care increases.

The large rise in demand for health care suggests the NHS is heading into winter with its finances under pressure and performance against several key indicators at their worst level for more than a decade, according to the latest quarterly monitoring report (QMR) from The King’s Fund. The NHS is currently treating more patients than [...][...]

NHS under huge pressure after worst year in history

According to a report in The Guardian (4th January), The last 12 months have been the worst in the history of the NHS. Our health system is under pressure like never before. The moment of crisis many warned of has arrived, and it is not clear that the NHS can be retrieved from this state [...][...]

NPA will not renew contract with Pharmacy Voice 2017

NPA National Pharmacy Association has announced they will not continue to fund Pharmacy Voice “beyond 2017”.  Next year will mark the end of the current three year agreement between the founding associations represented by Pharmacy Voice – the NPA, the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies (AIMp) and the Company Chemists’ Association (CCA). The NPA has exclusively [...][...]

Train pharmacists as prescribers to help manage demand, says RPS

Pharmacists should be able to routinely prescribe medicines for people with long-term conditions (LTCs) and refer them directly to other healthcare professionals in secondary care in an effort to ease pressures within primary care, according to a new report published by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS). Pharmacists must be able to routinely prescribe medicines for [...][...]

NHS funding for GPs will rise to 11% by 2020

NHS funding for GPs in England will rise to the 11% share of the NHS budget GP leaders have campaigned for, according to analysis by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP). The news has been applauded by GPs and health experts, many of whom have campaigned tirelessly to restore previous funding levels. Speaking at [...][...]