Reversing the tide of the UK tuberculosis epidemic

21 October 2013

A primary-care based screening programme could help tackle TB in the UK according to a comment from Public Health England (PHE) published in The Lancet.

London has the highest rate of TB of any western European capital and the UK will have more TB cases than the USA within two years, if current trends continue.

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Funding for putting the Care Act into practice

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The Department of Health has published advice for local authorities on introducing the cap on care costs and the appeals system as part of the Care Act. This note also gives advice on how local authorities might think about using the additional £146m of funding provided from April 2015 to prepare for the final set of changes to implement the Care Act.

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New procurement regulations take effect

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FAQ on tariff arrangements for 2015/16

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What pharmacies can and can’t say about themselves

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A new briefing describes what a pharmacy promotional leaflet must and must not contain and also the steps that pharmacists should take if their patients are receiving promotional leaflets which are not in accordance with the rules. The briefing is from the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC).

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