Hand washing plugged as way of cutting infection rates
Thorough hand washing before and after every episode of direct patient contact or care will help reduce the transmission of healthcare-associated infections, says the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). more →
Hepatitis C drug sofosbuvir gains £18.7m in NHS funding
NHS England has allocated £18.7m for sofosbuvir, despite the hepatitis C drug having not yet been approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). The medicine was launched earlier this year. more →
GPs consider charging for orthotics
South Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has drawn criticism for suggesting patients pay for their own crutches, walking sticks and neck braces which are at present free.
'Financial crisis' for NHS next year, warns King's Fund
Confidence in the state of the National Health Service's finances is fading fast as it heads for a financial crisis in 2015/16, was the key message from think-tank The King's Fund latest quarterly report.
Study links atrial fibrillation risk with NSAIDs
Current or recent use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is associated with an increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation (AF), suggest long-term follow-up data from the Rotterdam Study published in BMJ Open. more →
Pharmacists are involved in extended hours GP pilots
Community pharmacists are involved in three of the 20 pilots launched yesyerday to enable patients in England to see their GP between 8am and 8pm and at weekends. more →