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Health & NHS

Kanani is new NHS medical director for primary care

New NHS medical director for primary care has strong pharmacy connections.

Back to school asthma warning

Children are up to three times more likely to need medical help for their asthma at the start of the school year.

Surge in care homes using NHSmail

The number of care homes using NHSmail with healthcare professionals like pharmacists has risen more than tenfold.

RPS avoids high court over removal of elected official

Sid Dajani says his attempt to secure a judicial review of the way the RPS removed him from the EPB has failed.    

Parents urged to check children’s MMR records

Parents of children starting primary school are being urged to check their immunisation records.

Cheshire and Merseyside pharmacies help save NHS £11m

A collaboration between hospitals and pharmacies has saved the NHS £11m through reduced hospital re-admissions.

Drug misuse deaths in Wales highest ever

The highest number of drug misuse deaths ever – 208 – were registered in Wales in 2018.

PSNC secures increase in pharmacy flu service fees

Pharmacy fees for the 2019-20 flu vaccination service have increased to £9.58 – an increase of 10p on 2011-19.

All prescriptions electronic in Portsmouth

Portsmouth CCG is the first in the country to have 100 per cent of GP practices able to use the EPS.

Raine replaces Hudson at MHRA

Dr June Raine is taking over Ian Hudson as interim chief executive of the MHRA pending a permanent appointment.

Gabitril shortages to last until end of October

Teva has warned that shortages of the epilepsy drug will last a month long longer than previously expected.

Soni says £300k paid to RPS funded training in south London

Ex-RPS president Ash Soni says £300,000 it received from Health Education England funded pharmacy training in south London.

RPS warns Boris Johnson of no deal flu threat

In a letter to Boris Johnson, health bodies said they were “unable to reassure patients" that Brexit wouldn't affect them.

NICE chief executive to stand down

Sir Andrew Dillon has announced his intention to stand down as chief executive at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Government to consider ‘non-GP settings’ for MMR as measles threat grows

The Government will consider offering MMR vaccinations in “settings outside of a GP” to improve protection rates.

Leaked no deal dossier warns of “severe” medicines delays

A leaked Government dossier suggests that medicines would be “vulnerable to severe extended delays”.

NHS Health Checks could be given digital overhaul

The new, personalised service could involve more digital screening and fewer interactions with healthcare professionals.

DHSC puts up £25m for no-deal express medicines freight service

The DHSC is inviting tenders for an express freight contract to ensure the supply of medicines in a no deal Brexit.

Scotland tightening drug-driving laws

Scotland’s road safety laws are being strengthened further by the introduction of drug driving limits.

PAGB finds age divide in uptake of health technology

The public should be encouraged to make greater use of digital health technologies, the PAGB has said.

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