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Health & NHS

Suicide rates up for first time in 6 years

The number of suicides in the UK has risen for the first time since 2013, according to the Office of National Statistics.

Diabetics encouraged to talk about hypoglycaemia risk

Many people who have a diabetic relative have told them to speak to a healthcare professional about their hypoglycaemia risk.

New activity guidelines emphasise strength building

The importance of building strength and balance for adults has been emphasised in new physical activity guidelines.

New tool 'will help pharmacies identify their PCN'

A mapping tool to help pharmacies identify which primary care network they should work with is in development.

RPS: Chancellor Javid must "look beyond one year"

The government must take a long-term approach to the recruitment and training of pharmacists, the RPS tells Sajid Javid.

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.

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