Category Archives: Department of Health

Medical advisory body “NICE” should not spend too much time valuing drugs.

The UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (“NICE”) is currently holding a public consultation over its proposals for evaluating drugs. Drugs that are approved by NICE automatically become available for doctors to prescribe under the NHS throughout England … Continue reading

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Guest Blogspot: Negotiations with the UK Government over pharmaceutical pricing have achieved a good result for patients, the NHS and the industry.

The UK Government and the pharmaceutical industry shared many objectives throughout the recent drug pricing negotiations. For example, there was always broad agreement that: The total future drug bill needed to be affordable in the context of other spending in … Continue reading

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Are we about to relegate washing and feeding to the unqualified?

Guest blog post by Gail Beer, Director of Operations, 2020health The Royal College  of Nursing has come out firmly against the proposal  that  those wishing to enter the nursing profession should work for a year as a Health Care Assistant. … Continue reading

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Guest Blogspot: Waiting for Decisions on UK Pharmaceutical Pricing

Little has been heard over how confidential talks between the Government and the pharmaceutical industry are progressing towards the goal of having a new, voluntary UK drug pricing system in place in 2014. In the eyes of the pharmaceutical companies … Continue reading

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Pressure is rising on Sir David Nicholson

At last – some will say – MPs have begun to put their heads above the parapet and call for the resignation of the Chief Executive of the NHS in an Early day Motion today. David Nicholson was the man … Continue reading

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Health and Wellbeing Boards: Good mental health for the new year

Local councils and health and wellbeing boards can improve mental health in their communities.   It is estimated that some £30 billion is lost nationally each year due to poor mental health. Due, in no small part, to poor work … Continue reading

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Guest Blogspot: The NHS Constitution- the turning point?

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 has always had my support. All my concerns were addressed in the final Act. The thrust of the Bill remained intact.  However, like many other people I was dismayed by the strength of … Continue reading

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