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 The Department of Health (DH) aim to create a group that will aid in reducing the £300m which is wasted on unused medicines each year throughout the NHS.
The DH has estimated that medicine wastage accounts for £300m of NHS spending every year, around half of which, they suggest, is avoidable. Furthermore, another £500m is wasted because patients do not take medicines properly and therefore do not get the full benefits of them.
Robert Johnstone, a trustee of health and social care charity National Voices, and Rob Darracott, chief executive of community …

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The cost of carrying out the listening exercise in light of objections to NHS reforms was fairly minimal according to Richard Douglas, director general for policy, strategy and finance at the Department of Health.
The cost of the listening exercise, carried out to give health professionals the chance to air any concerns about the government’s new health and social care bill, will reach, “tens of thousands of pounds, maybe £100,000 tops,” he suggested.
Speaking at the House of Commons health committee, Douglas also added that he does not anticipate the changes to …

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David Cameron has announced changes to the original Health Reforms bill in a bid to rally more support from the Lib Dems and health professionals.
Firstly, with regards to creating competition, Cameron stressed that competition helps to improve services, but that it should be used as a means to an end to achieve this improvement. He stated that he aimed to create “a genuine level playing field, so the best providers flourish and patients get a real choice.” What’s more, he praised Tony Blair for allowing private providers to access the …

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The Health Protection Agency (HPA) have issued a warning to any Brits planning to travel to Germany within the foreseeable future.
Germany is believed to be the source of the recent E-coli outbreak but as yet, despite several cases being reported within the UK, it is not thought that any of them have origins here.
Generally E-coli will cause diarrhoea and pass within seven days as most people carry harmless strains within their intestines. However, the current strain seems to contain Haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS) which is a serious condition that can …

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NHS Reforms and What They Mean to YouSome of Andrew Lansley’s NHS reforms are already being implemented across the country. The head of a doctors’ group said that new GP consortium’s have taken over from managers across the country, and are attempting to save money improve patient care by reducing pressure on hospitals.
These changes have been bitterly criticised by health professionals and MPs who fear it could lead to ‘back door privatisation’, hence the Prime Minister has ‘paused’ the passing of the bill.
Dr John Lister, director of the London Health …

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Figures have revealed that more than 330 cases of measles were reported across England and Wales within the first 3 months of this year, almost as many as the whole of last year. At the same time it has been revealed that MMR vaccines are down.
Data from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) confirms that 334 cases of measles were reported in England and Wales by the end of April compared to 33 cases in the same period last year. In comparison, only 374 cases were reported throughout the whole of …

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After months of objections from politicians and charities, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley yesterday confirmed that the cancer networks, which help aid Primary Care Trusts in the treatment of cancer patients, will be safe when reforms are put into place. Until now Lansley had made clear that it would be up to the proposed GP consortiums as to which services would receive funding, but last night he announced that the government, “will fund and support cancer networks in 2012-13, (and) the NHS commissioning board will thereafter continue to support strengthened cancer …

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Nick Clegg appeared on the Andrew Marr show this morning vowing to stop NHS Reforms with the statement that “no bill is better than a bad one”. He called for “substantial, significant changes” to the bill, promising that he would veto the current plans unless the changes were made.
The recent disastrous results in local elections has convinced Clegg that he must be seen to stand up and make his voice heard in the coalition if the loss of more than 700 councillors in England is to be reversed in the …