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Number of referrals to talking therapies and access to services falls

There were 1.46 million referrals in2020-21, a 14 per cent drop on the 1.69 million in 2019-20.

Javid wants more patients to go 'directly to pharmacies'

DHSC wants to "go further" than CPCS, Javid tells NPA centenary dinner.

Half of eczema patients wait over a year for effective treatment

Eczema patients need better local commissioning, a new report finds.

New agreement with manufacturers will help hundreds of thousands more patients access DOACs.

MHRA recalls batch of methadone tablets

Medicines watchdog issues a class 3 recall for a batch of methadone tablets.

PSNC warns pharmacy minister of "serious" funding pressures

Ongoing funding pressures, workforce and capacity are taking a toll, the minister heard.

Scotland service 'an example' for CPCS, say professional bodies

RPS and RCGP collaborate on recommendations for improving service uptake.

NPA lends support to national COPD action plan

National action plan calls for an end to "clinical inertia" with regard to COPD patients.

Serious shortage protocol issued for Lipitor chewable tablets

The DHSC has issued a serious shortage protocol for Lipitor 20mg chewable tablets.

Clinical audit will focus on valproate harm reduction in 2021-22

Audit will aim to reduce potential harm caused by taking valproate during pregnancy.

Obesity rates in children at highest level since records began

In England 27.7 per cent of reception-aged children and 40.9 per cent of year six children were obese or overweight

CCG urges people to return unused antibiotics to pharmacies

Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin CCG makes its plea ahead of World Antimicrobial Awareness Week.

Covid booster campaign extended to 40 to 49 year-olds

Second jab to be offered to those aged 16 to 17 years

NHS chief announces next steps for local health systems

Dr Claire Fuller tasked to look closely at how PCNs can support ICSs by bringing partners together at local level

Retailers told to recall batches of cold and flu capsules

The packaging and information leaflet in some batches has a dosage error.

NHS spend on community medicines rose 3.8 per cent last year

A total of 9.42bn was spent on primary care prescriptions in the community in 2020-21.

Government promises "more depth" on hub & spoke proposals

A Government publication paves the way for a consultation in the coming months.

Javid confirms mandatory Covid jabs for NHS workers

RPS warns of ethical implications as health secretary announces new rules from next spring.

Slow CPCS uptake 'a missed opportunity' says GP negotiator

CPCS is creating 'extra work' for surgeries says lead GP negotiator Dr Richard Vautrey.

Digital health accessed by 28 million people in England

NHS Digital said over 16 million have signed up to the NHS app.

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