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New Medicine Service guidance published

A New Medicine Service guidance has been published by NHS employers and endorsed by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society that aims to help hospitals and community pharmacists to formalise how they share patient information.  The goal is to facilitate more seamless … Continue reading

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PM announces Nursing Quality Forum

The Prime Minister announced today the creation of a Nursing Quality Forum to review standards of care in hospitals. The announcement came following a CQC finding that one in five hospitals fails to meet basic standards of care for elderly … Continue reading

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Patients to access their own medical records by 2015

Earlier this week during the chancellor of the exchequer’s autumn financial statement, it was announced that not only will patients have online access to their medical records from 2015, but they will be able to see data on GP performance … Continue reading

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Clinical trial data – is transparency too much to ask?

A new survey has found that many medical publication professionals are aware of unpublished negative data from clinical trials.  In fact, 58% of respondents were aware of negative data from clinical trials remaining unpublished. It is easy to understand why … Continue reading

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Guest Blog: Gail Beer – Cast me not off in the time of old age

As we get older and become unable to look after ourselves independently, we rely on relatives, friends and the state to support us. As time goes on, we will become increasingly dependent on modern technology to enable us to stay … Continue reading

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European Antibiotics Awareness Day

Today is European Antibiotic Awareness Day. With flu season upon us, it’s a good time to think about our antibiotics usage.  Antibiotic resistance is a widespread problem across England and Europe, with 25,000 patients dying every year in the EU … Continue reading

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Junior doctors still working over 48 hours a week

Junior doctors are still working over 48 hours a week, says the Royal College of Surgeons. This is despite the European Working Time Directive, which came into effect in August 2009 and limits doctors’ working hours to a maximum of … Continue reading

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The drug not taken

This week, I had the pleasure of attending the NAPC conference in Birmingham, and one of the workshop sessions I found most insightful was the one on medicines usage optimization. The session featured pharmacists Peter Rowe and Ash Soni, and … Continue reading

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Anti-booze pill not anti-harm

Australian scientists say they are close to developing a pill that will make it possible to drink without the associated effects.  In an experiment at the University of Adelaide, mice that had been given the drug managed to maintain good … Continue reading

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Vending machines in hospitals are hypocritical

Hospitals are by definition centres for the promotion and maintenance of health.  But this week, Dr Rachel Thompson, deputy head of science at World Cancer Research Fund, says that good work is being undermined by the contents of hospital vending … Continue reading

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