• Review into over-prescribing in the NHS

    10 December 2018

    The health and care secretary has announced a review into over-prescribing in the NHS. The review will focus on patients who take multiple medicines, to ensure patients are receiving the most appropriate treatment for their needs. The review will be led by chief pharmaceutical officer Dr Keith Ridge.

    The review will look at how doctors and pharmacists can be supported to review prescriptions and ensure patients are receiving the most appropriate treatment for their needs.

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  • Health and Social Care Secretary bans fax machines in NHS

    10 December 2018

    Matt Hancock has banned the NHS from buying fax machines and has ordered a complete phase-out by April 2020. The ban on buying fax machines takes effect from January 2019. They will be phased out by 31 March 2020. NHS organisations will be monitored on a quarterly basis until they declare themselves ‘fax free’.

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  • GP appointments data published

    7 December 2018

    NHS Digital has published data to inform users about GP appointments and help show how primary care is affected by seasonal variation.

    Data will be available monthly at CCG level for GP practices using the TPP and EMIS systems.

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  • Government commits to reform the Mental Health Act

    7 December 2018

    The government has announced new legislation to reform mental health care.

    The government will introduce a new mental health bill to transform mental health care, following publication of the final report from the independent review of the Mental Health Act 1983.

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  • Update on the home oxygen service

    7 December 2018

    NHS England has announced a national procurement for the home oxygen service in England during 2019. NHS England would like to hear from stakeholder/patient representative groups to shape the service in future and is running a survey to gather views.

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