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  1. PM apology over infected blood

    25th March 2015 – Prime Minister David Cameron has apologised for an NHS screening error that led to thousands of people being infected with Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS through blood and blood products in the 1970s and 1980s. It follows publication of the Penrose Inquiry report which was commissioned a

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  2. Blood sample appeal for medical research

    23rd March 2015 – People in Scotland are being asked to allow any of their blood samples left over from routine clinical tests to be used for medical research. More than 55,000 patients have already signed up for the scheme run by the Scottish Health Research Register (SHARE). Organisers want to rec

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  3. Pharmacists could work from GP surgeries

    17th March 2015 – Plans to recruit pharmacists to work in general practice surgeries in England to help ease the pressure on GPs are being unveiled. The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) say the move could improve patient safety and care and red

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  4. New high-tech medical emergency vehicles for Wales

    16th March 2015 – A new fleet of high-tech medical vehicles for Wales is to go into service to allow doctors and consultants to treat medical emergencies at the scene and transport patients to hospital, in what is being hailed as a first for the UK. The Welsh Government says the fleet of Audi Q7 4x4

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  5. Prescription and dental charges to rise

    13th March 2015 – The cost of a single prescription in England is to go up 15p from £8.05 to £8.20 on the 1st April, the government has announced. Dental charges and the cost of other items will also rise. Prescriptions are free in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Ministers say the higher charg

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  6. Long waits failing people with eating disorders

    23rd February 2015 – An in-depth report released today finds that people with eating disorders often wait more than 6 months for treatment to begin after finally being given a diagnosis – and the total financial and economic costs associated with eating disorders in the UK is estimated at around £15

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  7. NHS 'pays too much for new drugs'

    19th February 2015 – The NHS in England is paying too much for new medicines, causing more overall harm than good to patients, a new study suggests. An analysis by health economists at the University of York is also scathing about the Cancer Drugs Fund which it says is poor value and diverts money a

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  8. GPs urged to check antibiotic prescription rates

    18th February 2015 – GPs are to be urged to monitor their colleagues' records for prescribing antibiotics to check for signs they are prescribing them unnecessarily. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) says it forms part of a range of measures aimed at curbing the spread of

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  9. New drug-driving law FAQs

    11th February 2015 – New legislation will be introduced next month making it an offence in England and Wales to be driving with certain controlled drugs above specified limits in the blood. The new law covers illegal drugs but will also include some prescription medicines. Our FAQs will help you fin

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  10. Call to review prescription charges in England

    5th February 2015 – The majority of GPs, nurses and community pharmacists want free prescriptions available to all patients in England who have long-term health conditions, according to a poll. England is the only one of the 4 countries that make up the UK to charge patients for prescription medicin

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