All the Tory contenders to be prime minister should categorially rule out the NHS being part of any future US/UK trade deal, Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, said today (Wednesday 5 June). Unite, which has 100,000 members in the health service, said the new prime minister ‘should not offer up the NHS as a sacrificial lamb to US president Donald Trump’. Unite national officer for health Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe said: “The Tory prime ministerial contenders need to put the national interest – in this case, the safeguarding the NHS from US privateers – before the personal ambition of getting their […]
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Tell us your views We are the regulator for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and registered pharmacies in Great Britain. We set standards for pharmacy professionals. We are consulting on guidance for pharmacist prescribers which sets out the key areas they should consider when prescribing to ensure they provide safe and effective care. Pharmacist prescribers can diagnose conditions and prescribe medicines to patients. They often work in GP practices as well as in other healthcare settings, and can also work as part of an online prescribing service.   Read our proposals and tell us your views now   We want to understand […]
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Patients still make enquiries at busiest hours, despite 24/7 online access · University of Warwick publishes first independent evaluation of one of the main providers of online consultation platforms · Targeting services at younger patients and those with general administrative enquiries could be most effective · “In reality, patients were seeking access to health care at the same times and for the same sort of problems than they did using traditional routes.” Says supervising author. Patients are using online consultations in the same way they would arrange a consultation via traditional means, a new independent evaluation by the University of […]
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Peter Beresford, Professor of Citizen Participation at Essex University and Co-Chair of Shaping Our Lives, the user led organisation. Nothing less than a root and branch reform of English social care is now needed. Its funding and principles must be radically reviewed. Only this will end its permanent state of crisis. Nothing else will make anything like a reasonable life possible for the millions of older and disabled people and family carers now suffering-  sometimes in extreme – from its gross failure and ever declining reach. Some commentators still wait hopefully for the promised government green paper that never comes, […]
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The PDA have published an in-depth report that assesses the current role and capabilities of pharmacy technicians in the UK community pharmacy sector. The 250-page document, which has taken 3 years to compile, highlights proposals to develop the roles of community pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, and the skill mix required to meet patients’ needs. The in-depth report has been developed because, in recent years as the pressure upon the NHS has been increasing, the government has been looking at ways to improve the accessibility to healthcare in the UK, to meet the needs of the public. The government has been […]
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Background The NHS Executive outlined eight groups of suggested legislative changes in the NHS Long Term Plan and, as promised in the Plan, these have now been set out in further detail in Implementing the NHS Long Term Plan: Proposals for possible changes to legislation [1]. The intention is to make it easier for NHS organisations to work together. Ostensibly these proposals are supposed to help the NHS improve its delivery of services but we see real problems here. Principal objection The Health and Social Care Act 2012 was a package promoting a range of checks and balances on the […]
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The result of the historic ballot was 3,229 votes (92.4%) in favour of the trade union, with only 266 votes (7.6%) supporting the senior management proposal.  This also meant that 47.5% of those eligible to vote supported the union, which surpassed the 40% threshold required for the union to succeed. On the question of the ballot and what happens next at Boots, the union will now reach a recognition agreement with the company under the guidance of the Central Arbitration Committee. The PDA Union believe that the strength of feeling from pharmacists about the need to improve their employment is […]
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We welcome comments on this article which has come out of the Reclaim Social Care Campaign. It is not SHA policy, but it raises important questions relevant to both social care and the NHS. This is a wide field in which a variety of species flourish, some of which are dangerous invasives. We need to cultivate systematically to ensure that what grows in this field is healthy, productive, and not a threat to other growth. We need to be able to classify, in order to isolate rogues, and then eradicate them. We need to be able clearly to identify some […]
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It is over 40 years since the Alma-Ata Declaration asserted the crucial role of primary care in the promotion of the health of people world wide. Since then global health policy has attempted to give effect to the Declaration with varying levels of success. The situation has been no different in Wales. The Wanless Review in 2003 re-emphasised this message. It stated “ …(t)he current configuration of health services places an insupportable burden on the acute sector and its workforce. This is the most expensive part of the system … (t)he primary care sector in turn is not sufficiently resourced […]
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Security staff at Southampton General Hospital being attacked in the A&E department is key to an industrial dispute over pay and sickness pay. Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, said its 21 security staff members were being attacked on a regular basis by members of the public either under the influence of drink or drugs, or with mental health problems. Unite is currently holding a ballot for strike action or industrial action short of a strike of its members, employed by Mitie Security Ltd, at Southampton General Hospital over pay and conditions. The ballot closes on Wednesday 15 March. Unite […]
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A tribute to the much-loved Mags Portman on the sad news of her death First published by HIV i-Base in HIV Treatment Bulletin (HTB) on 20 February 2019 It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of the much-loved sexual health pioneer and community activist Dr Mags Portman. Mags had immense energy and enthusiasm for everything that she became involved with. Most recently this included linking with community activists to demand and enable access to PrEP. Mags initially trained as a GP in Glasgow, qualifying in 2003, where she also worked at the Steve Retson Project that […]
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The Pharmaceutical Journal reports that the Good Law Project threaten DHSC with legal challenge over “failure to consult properly” From The Pharmaceutical Journal 21 FEB 2019 By Carolyn Wickware: The Good Law Project has warned the Department of Health and Social Care that it will start judicial review proceedings if serious shortage protocol powers are not revoked on the grounds that the consultation was “insufficient and unlawful”. A non-profit group has threatened the government with legal action unless it revokes new powers designed to allow pharmacists to switch patients’ medicines if there is a shortage. The Good Law Project has said it will […]
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