ABPI support staying in the EU

Posted by on May 9, 2016 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) has taken the decision to express its support for the UK to remain in Europe and to highlight the benefits that EU membership brings to UK patients and the pharmaceutical industry. Mike Thompson, Chief Executive Officer at the ABPI, said:  “Our members are overwhelmingly supportive of remaining in the EU. We believe that staying in the EU will mean that patients in the UK will be...

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The need to “ carer proof ” healthcare decisions

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Blog, letters, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

This was the title of a recent editorial in the British Medical Journal (BMJ2016;352:i1651) It took my eye because, over the last 8 months I have been a main carer for someone who has become very dependent – chairbound with limited mobility – as a result of bilateral lymphatic/venous insufficiency of her legs compounded by a period of 6 weeks total immobility in hospital during an episode of refractory septicaemia. Looking back over a...

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Why comfort zones are the enemies of innovation

Posted by on May 4, 2016 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

Some organisations, especially those that have been around for a while, struggle with innovation. The reason is often quite simple: they’re so good at doing what they’ve always done that they have no inclination to change. Over time trial-and-error has been replaced by tried-and-tested. And so they carry on until transformation is forced on them from the outside rather than from within. Even upon realising the choice is to innovate or die,...

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New research shows quality of life measures not widely used in cancer care

Posted by on Apr 27, 2016 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

A new study, conducted by the not-for-profit research organisation RAND Europe, has found that measures and tools used to assess quality of life are not being used widely in the treatment and care of patients with cancer, despite being used more widely in clinical trials. Following the award of an educational grant from Roche*, RAND Europe explored whether, when and  how quality of life assessment tools and measures are used in the treatment of...

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Alcohol – are you over the limit?

Posted by on Apr 23, 2016 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

69% of drivers are confused about the new general Government alcohol consumption guidelines 47% of these also believe that consuming one or two drinks before driving is legal TWO THIRDS of Brits admit to being unclear on the new general Government alcohol consumption guidelines. A survey of 1,000 road users, carried out by drinkdrivesolicitor.com, a website which provides legal advice and representation for motorists, examined how accurate...

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