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Non communicable diseases

Too many children are sun tanned because parents are increasingly abandoning sun cream, NHS Engl...

Health experts claim that a golden glow may be more harmful than it appears as they warn that too many children are becoming sun tanned because parents are increasingly abandoning sun cream. NHS England said the findings showed a "worryingly relaxed attitude" towards sun care among the parents of young children, highlighting the fact that one in ten parents of children aged 2-7 admitting they have encouraged them to sunbathe. The study, of 1,000 parents with children aged 11 and under, found that more than a fifth do not apply any sunscreen on their child until they are visibly starting to burn

June 27, 2017
Telegraph, BBC

NHS could save £67 million a year if smoking rates cut

Cancer Research UK said the NHS would save some £67m a year if the UK can cut by half the number of people who smoke. The UK is projected to have a smoking rate of 10% by 2035, with a marked difference between the most deprived groups (15% of whom are expected to smoke) and the wealthiest (whose rate is expected to be just 2.5%). Cutting the rate to 5% nationally by 2035 would save millions in direct NHS and social care costs but also £548m in additional revenue

May 16, 2017
Pharma Times

Designed by patients: the mental health centre saving the NHS £300,000 a year

Welsh charity Hafal runs a mental health centre in Wales called the Gellinudd Recovery Centre where patients, their families and all stakeholders involved have a say in everything from policy to the décor. The Guardian asks its readers whether co-produced innovations such as this offer a brighter future for mental health care

May 10, 2017

Health systems

Britain to hold inquiry into contaminated blood scandal which killed 2,400

Britain will hold a public inquiry into contaminated blood supplied to patients in the National Health Service which killed at least 2,400 people. During the 1970s and 1980s, blood products supplied to the NHS were contaminated with viruses such as HIV or hepatitis C and infected thousands of people with haemophilia or other disorders. A report by lawmakers in 2015 said the Department of Health estimated that more than 30,000 people might have been infected with hepatitis C between 1970 and 1991 when Britain imported some blood products from the United States but just 6,000 had been identified. A further 1,500 were infected with HIV between 1978 and 1985

July 11, 2017
Reuters, Bloomberg
July 14, 2017
July 11, 2017

British drugs body to challenge new cost rules in court

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry said that it wanted to reverse changes that "have the potential to cause significant delays for patients waiting for treatment for a range of conditions, including for cancer, heart disease and diabetes". The changes, which came into force in April, mean that new drugs costing the National Health Service more than 20 million pounds a year will no longer be funded automatically, even if they are cost-effective. Instead, companies will have to enter negotiations to justify their use and work out funding

July 10, 2017

New UK drug cost rules leave companies fuming

A new UK drug funding formula which is set to come in on April 1st means that new drugs costing the NHS more than £20m a year will no longer be automatically funded, even if they are cost effective. Instead, companies will have to enter into negotiations to justify their use and work out funding. Drug companies suggests this will break a Conservative Party manifesto commitment ‘to speed the flow of new medicines.’

March 14, 2017
Reuters, Bloomberg