Government urged to act over lack of clinical trial transparency

The Science and Technology Committee has described the current lack of transparency of many clinical trials as ‘unacceptable’ and is calling on the Government to take action. “Many of the trials taking place today are unregistered and unpublished, meaning that the information that they generate remains invisible to both the scientific community and the public,” said Committee Chair Andrew Miller MP. He continued: “This is unacceptable, undermining public trust, slowing the pace of medical... Readmore

Healthcare systems ‘no longer fit for purpose’ says commission

England’s health and social care systems are no longer fit for purpose and are in need of 'a new settlement' to meet the needs of 21st century patients and service users according to a new report by an independent commission. The interim report from the Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England – established by The King's Fund – states that: ‘There are three serious failures of alignment in England’s current health and social care system – a lack of alignment of entitlements,... Readmore

Failed NHS IT programme still costing taxpayers

The National Programme for IT in the NHS is continuing to incur significant costs despite being officially ‘dismantled’ a committee of MPs has found. Launched in 2002, the National Programme (known as the Lorenzo system) was designed to reform the way that the NHS in England uses information but has proved to be one of the biggest failures in the history of the public sector. The programme was a joint venture between the NHS and IT services company, CSC. In 2011, the Government announced... Readmore

Life sciences boom at Edinburgh BioQuarter

Cutting-edge life sciences research is being expanded at Edinburgh BioQuarter -the city’s dedicated facility for academic research, clinical professionals and industry expertise. Three new specialist research companies – Science Squared, R-Biomedical and Marks and Clerks – are opening today (5 February 2013) at the city’s BioQuarter research campus, bringing the total from seven to ten. First Minister Alex Salmond said: “These three businesses represent a growing trend for life sciences... 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

Cervical cancer screening pilot gets go-ahead

A pilot cervical cancer screening programme which has the potential to identify women who may be at risk more accurately has been given the go-ahead by the UK National Screening Committee (NSC). Following a meeting of the Committee some weeks ago, a number of recommendations on screening have now been made. These include the introduction of a pilot to examine the feasibility of a new approach to screening for cervical disease and the age at which to start cervical screening. Dr Anne Mackie,... 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

European Parliament plays host to Patient Outcomes debate

A policy debate to raise awareness of intensive care medicine and its contributions to patient outcomes and health systems took place this week (15 May 2012) at the European Parliament. Entitled Improving Patient Outcomes through Intensive Care Medicine, the debate was organised by the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine's (ESICM), in collaboration with the European Public Health Alliance, and involved policy makers, stakeholders from NGOs and patient organisations, industry representatives,... Readmore

Private provider fined over safety failings

Private healthcare provider Nuffield Health has been fined for safety failings after an employee suffered a fractured kneecap at the Ipswich Hospital. Mrs Shelagh Allen was working in the clinic room of a ward at the Hospital on 5 May 2011 when the incident happened. Mrs Allen entered the room (which had just been wet-mopped) after completing a patient drugs round and fell badly on her right knee causing a multiple fracture of her kneecap. Her knee was operated on at the hospital that same... Readmore

Latest Evidence Update from NHS Evidence: Delirium

The latest Evidence Update from NHS Evidence (a service provided by NICE) which focuses on a summary of selected new evidence relevant to NICE clinical guideline 103 - Delirium: diagnosis, prevention and management(2010) - is now available. Evidence Updates do not replace current accredited guidance. However, they do highlight new evidence that might generate a future change in practice and provide a commentary on the potential impact. Evidence Updates from NHS Evidence seek to reduce the need... Readmore

NHSBT and Facebook team up to boost number of registered organ donors

A new collaboration to help boost the number of people on the Organ Donor Register was announced today by NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) and Facebook. Facebook’s new Timeline enables people to post key life events and milestones to their profile. From today, by clicking a new health and wellbeing button, this can include their intention to become an organ donor - with the added benefit of sharing that information with friends and family. NHSBT already uses social media to engage with wide... Readmore
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