Cancer Research UK and Cancer Research Technology Pioneer Fund Announce New Collaboration

Cancer Research UK and the Cancer Research Technology Pioneer Fund (CPF) have announced a major collaboration with the National Cancer Institute of the Unites States. The intention is to tackle RAS, one of the most common driving mutations in aggressive cancers, and often particularly difficult to treat. Developing and testing innovative new molecules that target RAS will be a focus of the new arrangement. Dealing with RAAS has been particularly challenging for sciences, as the faulty protein... Readmore

Hepatitis C Trust Loses Legal Challenge

Following a legal challenge, the Hepatitis C Trust has lost on the issue of NHS England’s decision to cap access to new drugs for the disease. The charity aims to increase awareness and testing, to provide services on a national and local level to people with, affected by, or at risk of contracting hepatitis C; and to campaign for greater public understanding of the impact of the condition. But Mr Justice Blake ruled that NHS England’s decision to roll out access to the treatments via a “monthly... Readmore

New Healthwatch report focuses on the patient experience

A report published today (Tuesday 21 July 2015) by the independent consumer champion Healthwatch which focuses on the patient experience has been welcomed by the NHS Confederation. The report, entitled ‘Safely Home’, has been praised for its focus on individual patient experience and good system-wide healthcare coordination.  “Every patient has a story about their care and the vast majority are positive, but when it goes wrong it’s often because of gaps and boundaries which exist across... Readmore

Leading charities unite to call on NHS to improve care for people with LTCs

The NHS is spending £75bn a year treating people with long term conditions (LTCs) but too many people are still not receiving the care they need warns a new report by The Richmond Group, a coalition of 10 leading health and social care charities. The report, ‘Vital Signs: Taking the temperature of health and social care for services for people living with long term conditions’, states that the standard of care for the 15 million people in England who live with at least one LTC is inconsistent... Readmore

GMB give support to warning over funding cuts to elderly care

GMB, the union for care home staff, has supported a warning from Britain’s biggest providers of care homes for the elderly that cuts to public funding for residents are potentially damaging and homes will close if the situation does not improve. The warning that the system is in crisis comes from Four Seasons, Bupa and HC-One - the three largest operators in the UK’s £24bn care home market – and has been made amid growing concerns about health and social care funding ahead of the general... Readmore

UK Cancer research receives 19m ‘e-Health’ boost

London, Manchester, Dundee and Swansea are to be the locations of four Cancer Research Centres of Excellence under a new £19 million scheme to improve patient care and public health and keep the UK at the forefront of global medical research. Funded by government and charitable organisations, each location will have an 'e-Health research' Centre which will have researchers tasked with becoming experts at analysing UK health information  and how such data can be best utilised. The Centres... Readmore

BHF urges greater patient/pharmacist dialogue

One in three UK adults are unaware that their pharmacist can provide information on conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol according to figures released this week by the British Heart Foundation (BHF). Furthermore, the charity is urging a greater dialogue to be established between patients and pharmacists so that medication requirements are dealt with accurately and a high level of quality healthcare is reached and maintained. To this end, the BHF has launched a new campaign... Readmore
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