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Archive for March, 2015

Cameron promises seven day health services

All hospitals in England will provide “a truly seven day NHS” health service under a future Conservative government. Mr David Cameron said that more hospitals must provide top-level treatment at the weekend, starting with emergency care. In a wide ranging speech, he said his party’s message to various sections of the population was: “We’re with […]

Three IVF cycles a minimum treatment requirement

A charity is calling for couples who need help conceiving to have access to three cycles of IVF instead of two. In 2013 a working group, set up by the Scottish government, recommended eligible couples should be offered up to three treatments. But that would only be after health boards had reduced IVF waiting times. […]

Pharmacists could help ease GP pressures

An army of pharmacists could step in to help treat patients at GP practices across England leading health professionals plan. The proposals focus on pharmacists seeing patients with common ailments directly – not on setting up shops within surgeries. Pharmacists would provide health advice and be able to prescribe medication once extra training had been […]

War on drugs is unwinnable

Four decades after President Nixon declared a “war on drugs”, US states have legalised the sale of marijuana and most Americans support legalisation. Across the world, drug laws are being relaxed, from Uruguay to Portugal, Jamaica and the Czech Republic. After many years prosecuting drugs offences as an Assistant US Attorney, growing frustration with the […]

NHS track record over the winter

The NHS has had it’s hardest difficult winter for a long time- so haow has it coped? The four hour target to be seen in A&E has been missed in each nation – and that has had a knock-on effect on other parts of the hospital system. In England all the evidence points to it […]