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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GPhC fees to remain at current levels

12 February 2016

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) governing council has decided fee levels for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy premises will remain at current levels for the 2016/17 financial year.

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The future of child health services: new models of care

12 February 2016

A report from Nuffield Trust highlights problems in current healthcare services for children and young people. It investigates how emerging new models of care could provide an opportunity to address these.

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Improving acute psychiatric care for adults

12 February 2016

This report highlights system-wide problems in mental healthcare in England including variable quality of care on inpatient units, inadequate availability of inpatient care or alternatives to inpatient admission, and patients remaining in hospital for longer than necessary due to inadequate residential provision. It recommends significant changes to how services are commissioned, organised and monitored across the whole mental health system. It also calls for faster access to acute care and an end to sending severely-ill mental health patients long distances for treatment.

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Health minister backs bigger role for optical practices

12 February 2016

Health minister Alistair Burt told delegates at 100% Optical that patients shouldn’t see GPs for every medical ailment, and that CCGs need to use the whole range of health professionals – including those in eye care to innovate in health delivery.

The minister said he was determined that the development of primary care was not centred solely around general practice and that all primary care professions are recognised and valued.

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What the planning guidance means for the NHS

11 February 2016

Another briefing has appeared on the implications of the planning guidance published in late December, this time from the King’s Fund. It considers some of the key publications and policy announcements that have come out in the wake of the 2015 spending review and offers a commentary on what they might mean for the future landscape of the NHS.

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