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.
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’.
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.