Risks of Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease: UK Blood Safety (Department of Health)

Summary

This document presents the Government’s response to a Science and Technology Select Committee’s “After the Storm?” report on blood safety. It sets out the government’s commitment to evidence-based and cost effective ways to reduce risks of infection from blood transfusions, tissues and organ transplants, contaminated medical equipment and so on.

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Government response to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee Report of Session 20014-15: After the Storm? UK blood safety and the risk of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease. Presented to Parliament by the Secretary of State for Health by Command of Her Majesty. London: Department of Health, October 20th 2014. Cm 8940.

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Simon Stevens: Five-Year Plan for NHS (BBC News / NHS England)

Summary

Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, has presented an important five-year view for the health service, presenting a new model for meeting increasing challenges on the NHS, with more integrated care, care closer to home and a greater emphasis on local initiatives. There are to be more prominent roles for prevention (preventative care), community pharmacies, self-care and public health. Dementia, ageing, long-term conditions and obesity pose major challenges. Local (varied, non-standard) solutions are to be permitted; to enable GPs, hospitals, community health services and social services to pool resources and work collaboratively to provide more joined-up care for patients.

More funding, inevitably, is required (£8 billion) for the NHS, despite the maxim to “Think like a patient [and] act like a taxpayer”. Economies along the lines of £22 billion are also on the cards.

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Triggle, N. (2014). NHS needs extra cash and overhaul, say bosses. London: BBC Health News, October 23rd 2014.

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Triggle, N. (2014). The NHS plan: Five things we’ve learned. London: BBC Health News, October 23rd 2014.

Further BBC News coverage:

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Pym, H. (2014). NHS five-year plan document ‘packs a punch’. London: BBC Health News, October 23rd 2014.

“The Five Year Forward View sets out a vision for the future of the NHS and has been developed by the partner organisations that deliver and oversee health and care services including NHS England, Public Health England, Monitor, Health Education England, the Care Quality Commission and the NHS Trust Development Authority”. (Press Release)

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Five year forward view. London: NHS England, October 22nd 2014.

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Dementia: Demand Pressures in Wales (BBC News)

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NHS hospitals in Wales could “grind to a halt” unless more community-based support is provided to help care for dementia patients. Roughly one quarter of patients in district general hospital beds in Wales have dementia and other complex needs. Wales has the lowest dementia diagnosis rates recorded in the UK.

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NHS ‘to grind to halt’ with dementia warns professor. Wales: BBC Wales / BBC Health News, October 21st 2014.

Possibly of background / contextual interest on meltdown issues and allegations:

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Wales NHS ’tissue of lies’ accusation by minister. Wales: BBC Wales / BBC Health News, October 21st 2014.

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Conflicts of Interest in Dementia Diagnosis Incentive Payments? (BBC News)

Summary

Family doctors in England are to be paid £55 for each diagnosis of dementia, NHS England has decided. This ruling is broadly compatible with the national dementia strategy and the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia, whereby NHS England is committed to increase the dementia diagnosis rates in England by March 2015. The agreed target is for two-thirds of people with dementia to receive a formal diagnosis, as early as possible.

The principles behind dementia case-finding schemes (in general) have been widely debated, however, and may now even come to be criticised by patients’ groups in addition to worried professionals.

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GPs to be paid £55 for each dementia diagnosis. London: BBC Health News, October 22nd 2014.

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Conflicts of Interest at NICE? (BBC News)

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Doctors and researchers have written to MPs on the Health Select Committee, expressing concern about potential conflicts of interest at National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) regarding medicines recommendations. This debate appears to have arisen, in particular, following recent decisions concerning the wider the availability of statins for people at low risk of developing a cardiovascular event. NICE, on the other hand, believe existing rules and safeguards on conflicts of interests are adequate.

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Brimelow, A. (2014). NICE conflicts of interest: Call for MPs to investigate. London: BBC Health News, October 22nd 2014.

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Innovation Via Untested Medicines? (BBC News)

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The law may soon be changed in England and Wales to allow untested medicines to be used under certain conditions. People dying from cancer might one day be allowed to be treated voluntarily with unlicensed drugs, under the Medical Innovation Bill proposed by Lord Saatchi.

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‘Untested drugs for dying’ bill given government backing. London: BBC Health News, October 20th 2014.

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Community Pharmacists: the Potential of Minor Ailment Centres (BBC News / RPS)

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The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has proposed that community pharmacies could save the NHS over £1 billion per year. This assertion is endorsed by research from Pharmacy Research UK published earlier this year and led by the University of Aberdeen. Common ailment schemes and minor ailment centres operating in community pharmacies could, potentially, cut the number of accident and emergency visits by 650,000 and reduce avoidable GP consultations by 18 million per year.

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Treating common illnesses at pharmacies ‘could save NHS £1bn’. London: BBC Health News, October 19th 2014.

“The cost of treating common ailments in community pharmacies was found to be £29.30 per patient. The cost of treating the same problems at A&E was found to be nearly five times higher at £147.09 per patient and nearly three times higher at GP practices at £82.34 per patient. Overall, the study estimates that 3% of all A&E consultations and 5.5% of GP consultations for common ailments could be managed in community pharmacies”.

Note: Hindsight is always 20:20. How many patients know in practice, at the time, into which category they fall?

Read more: Royal Pharmaceutical Society. Pharmacists could save the NHS 1.1billion by treating common ailments.

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Pharmacists could save the NHS 1.1billion by treating common ailments. London [Online]: Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), October 19th 2014.

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Final Report to Pharmacy Research UK: Community Pharmacy Management of Minor Illness. London: Pharmacy Research UK, January 2014.

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