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Health & NHS

NI pharmacies start rolling out Moderna jabs

A new phase for Northern Ireland's community pharmacy vaccination programme.

NHS to delegate all pharmacy commissioning by 2023

Pharmacy commissioning to be completely delegated to ICBs by April 2023.

HCPs cast doubt on public's ability to self care

Nearly half of the healthcare professionals in the UK don't believe the public are able to look after their own health.

Jeremy Hunt: Pharmacies must 'make voice heard' on ICSs

Former health secretary says pharmacies should seize new commissioning opportunities.

Smoking rates greater in poorer households

A study finds a strong link between poverty and higher smoking rates.

New NHS clinics to provide pelvic floor support for women

Pregnant women and new mums are to receive support from new NHS clinics.

DH sets ambitious targets for winter flu programme

The Department of Health and Social Care announces that it aims to vaccinate 85 per cent of people aged 65 and over against influenza.

Running app downloaded over five million times this month

The Couch to 5K app contains advice and information from a celebrity coach to help users record their progress. 

'Low capacity' pharmacies can give Covid booster jabs

NHS England invites applications from "low capacity" pharmacies capable of vaccinating 100 patients per week in the upcoming booster drive.

Bill could give GPs too much power, warns PSNC

The PSNC and other health bodies want the Health and Care Bill to ensure professions outside of general practice are heard. 

Masks will still be compulsory in pharmacies says NHSE

The requirement for members of the public to wear a face covering in healthcare settings such as pharmacies will remain in place after Monday.

Lifesaving innovations that can spot skin and prostate cancer early is being supported by 20 million of investment by the NHS.

E-cigs get the nod in new NICE guideline

New draft guideline is out for consultation until 6 August and consolidates eight previous guidelines on smoking cessation.

Desogestrel contraceptive pills to be sold by pharmacists

UK medicines watchdog the MHRA has announced that the first progesterone pills are to be available from pharmacies without a prescription.

First NHS report on lesbian, gay and bisexual health

The report found LGB adults are more likely than heterosexuals to report having a limiting longstanding illness.

DMS sees 13k consultations in first 3 months

Around a fifth of community pharmacies have dealt with over 13,000 DMS referrals in the first three months of the service, NHSE reveals.

Pregnant smokers falls to lowest number since records began

The latest NHS Digital data reveals 9.5 per cent of women smoked in 2020-21 compared with 10.4 per cent the year before.

Government "must not drop face mask rule in pharmacies"

EPB chair Thorrun Govind has called on the Government to ensure mask-wearing in pharmacies is compulsory after July 19.

Government launches obesity programme for kids and adults

The Department of Health and Social Care said the scheme is being supported by £12 million of Government funding. 

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