This blog covers the latest UK health care news, publications, policy announcements, events and information focused on the NHS, as well as the latest media stories and local news coverage of the NHS Trusts in Northamptonshire.
Drug drivers targeted by new rules New regulations aimed at stamping out drug driving, including the first legal limits on cannabis and cocaine, come into force in England and Wales. BBC News See also:
Start date for 'Devo Manc' NHS plan Greater Manchester will begin taking control of its health budget from April after a devolution agreement is signed by the Chancellor George Osborne. BBC News See also:
The Liberal Democrats have vetoed a proposed law seeking to give doctors legal protection to use innovative treatments on patients when other options have been exhausted.
The Lib Dem health minister, Norman Lamb, said he wanted to avoid “the risk of unintended consequences” of Lord Saatchi’s medical innovation bill, which went unopposed in a third reading by the House of Lords and was set to go to the Commons. Continue reading...The Guardian
Poor weekend care in NHS hospitals is leaving the most vulnerable patients feeling neglected and unsafe, and wasting money on operating theatres, laboratories and diagnostic equipment lying idle, Sir Bruce Keogh, medical director of NHS England has said.
But he warned it can only be tackled by ending premium rates paid to staff for working weekends.
Everybody knows that it’s wrong to start winding down on a Friday afternoon and start cranking up again on a Monday. Continue reading...The Guardian
When the government created the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) in 2010 to pay for cancer drugs rejected by the National Institute for Care and Health Excellence (Nice), it was intended as a short-term stopgap until a longer-term solution to the problem of evaluating and funding cancer drugs for terminally ill patients could be developed.
The fund, which was given £200m a year to spend on drugs, was set up in a context of media stories about cancer patients being denied life-extending drugs. Since then, 60,000 patients have received drug treatments funded by the CDF. Although initially welcomed by cancer charities, many feel it has outstayed its welcome. Continue reading...The Guardian