MPs table bill to restrict role of commercial companies in NHS

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The NHS Bill 2015, which proposes abolishing competition and restricting the role of commercial companies in the NHS in England, is to be retabled before parliament on Wednesday 1 July.

It will be tabled as a private member’s bill by the Green Party MP Caroline Lucas and is expected to have cross party support from around a dozen sponsors in total.

NHS drive for action to tackle trans inequalities

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Health leaders urged to work together to tackle issues faced by transgender and non-binary people across NHS services. NHS England is spearheading a collective drive to improve the experience of transgender and non-binary people when accessing health and care services.

Smokers are more likely to quit as smoking prevalence decreases, study shows

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Smokers are more likely to reduce their smoking and try to quit as the proportion of people who smoke in a population decreases, an international study has found, suggesting that current smoking reduction strategies are working and questioning claims that electronic (e) cigarettes provide a harm reduction strategy for smokers who are unable to quit.

NICE Guideline updated to support GP’s and help diagnose cancer faster

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NICE has updated and redesigned its guideline to support GP’s in recognising the signs and symptoms of 37 different cancers and to aid faster referral  for the right tests.

The guideline focuses on the symptoms that a patient might experience and present with in surgeries. It should enable GP’s to monitor people presenting with less severe symptoms, so that fewer cancers are missed.

NICE hope that the guideline will make its recommendations easier for GP’s to use, speeding  up the referral process and make diagnosis quicker.

Find the NICE Guideline: NG12 Suspected Cancer : Recognition and Referral 

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New Clinical Outreach Librarian: Anne Webb!

Anne WebbThe Library and Knowledge Service would like to give a warm welcome to our newest member of staff. Anne Webb joins us as Clinical Outreach Librarian, replacing Carole Keeling. Anne will be mainly responsible for staff members based in Macclesfield Hospital, providing e-resource training, evidence searching, support for research and current awareness amongst other services. Why not contact her to find out how she could help you?

Telephone 01625 663398

Email anne.webb12@nhs.net

Women are four times less likely to have curative surgery if breast cancer is diagnosed as emergency rather than urgent GP referral

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Women with breast cancer are four times less likely to have potentially curative surgery if their condition is diagnosed as an emergency rather than through an urgent GP referral, a report from Public Health England and Cancer Research UK has shown.

On a national level the report looked at how treatment varies in different cancers, depending on the patient’s route to diagnosis.

Giving people control of their own health and social care budgets – Dr Linda Collie

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As leaders from the nine Integrated Personal Commissioning demonstrator sites met on the 9th of June to share early learning, Dr Linda Collie, Clinical Executive at NHS Portsmouth CCG, explains how working together with Portsmouth City Council and Age UK Portsmouth is enabling older people with complex health needs to become the real experts in their own care.

Experts call for tobacco industry to pay for smoking cessation work

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The tobacco industry should be forced to pay towards smoking cessation efforts in England as part of a new national tobacco control strategy, a multi-agency report has claimed.

Experts have called for a national annual levy on tobacco companies, fresh targets such as a drop in smoking rates to 5% by 2035, a new five year government tobacco strategy for England, and an increase to the tax escalator on tobacco products to 5% above the level of inflation.

Saying ‘thank you’ to millions of unsung heroic volunteers

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On 5th June NHS England published the last two blogs in a series it had been running all week dedicated to people who give up their time free as health and care volunteers.

The blogs have marked Volunteers’ Week celebrations in recognition of the invaluable contributions of people up and down the country. The Week acknowledges and says “thank you” to the millions of people who offer their time, skills and expertise to help and support other people.

GMC proposes single test for all doctors wishing to work in UK

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All doctors who wish to work in the United Kingdom will have to sit a standard test to determine whether they are fit to practise, the General Medical Council has announced.

The test, called the UK medical licensing assessment (UKMLA), would replace the current Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) test taken by overseas medical graduates. However, UK trained graduates would also be expected to sit the test to gain a place on the medical register.

Stand during working day to prevent health risks of sedentary jobs, says guidance

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People whose jobs are predominantly desk based should be encouraged to stand up and walk about for at least two hours during each working day, says the first UK guidance developed to reduce the health risks of prolonged sitting at work.

Growing evidence has shown links between a sedentary lifestyle and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and some cancers. To help reduce this risk Public Health England and a UK community interest company, Active Working, asked an international group of experts in the field to review the available evidence and develop guidelines for employers to promote avoidance of prolonged periods of sedentary work

Experts plan to recommend immediate antiretroviral therapy for people with HIV

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Experts look set to recommend that people with HIV should receive immediate antiretroviral treatment on diagnosis, as early results of a global trial show that doing so means a notably lower risk of developing AIDS or other serious illnesses.

Results from a large randomised clinical trial, expected to finish at the end of next year, were published early on 27 May from the Strategic Timing of Antiretroviral Treatment (START) study

Smoking ban cuts admissions for child respiratory infections

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Banning smoking in public places has cut hospital admissions for childhood respiratory infections in England by 11 000 a year, new research has estimated.

Researchers from the United Kingdom and the Netherlands said that evidence has shown that smoke-free public environments will benefit children’s health but that the exact effect on respiratory tract infections is unclear.

2015 Heatwave Plan for England

The 2015 Heatwave Plan for England has now taken effect, and the Met Office will be issuing Heatwave Alerts from 1 June to 15 September 2015.

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The Heatwave plan for England remains a central part of the Department of Health’s support to the NHS, social care and local authorities, providing guidance on how to prepare for and respond to a heatwave which can affect everybody’s health, but particularly the most vulnerable people in society.