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Archive for February, 2017

NHS targets suncream prescriptions for cuts

Suncream, cold remedies and gluten-free food may no longer be available on the NHS in England under a crackdown on “low value” medicines. NHS England announced a review after local health bosses identified £400m of spending they believe has little or no clinical value. It also includes some types of pain relief and travel vaccines. […]

Number of long waiting hospital operations rise by 163%

The number of people facing “long waits” for hospital treatment in England has more than doubled in the past four years, figures show. Patients needing routine care such as knee and hip replacements are meant to be treated in 18 weeks under NHS rules. But the numbers waiting longer than that now top 350,000 – […]

Calls for tougher smoking and junk food rules in hospitals

There are calls for more to be done to stop people smoking at hospitals and promote healthy living. Health boards say they are powerless to enforce smoking bans on their grounds as they are not yet backed up by law. BMA Cymru said a decision had to be made on whether hospitals were “places of […]