Research suggests that the introduction of the UK’s smoking ban in indoor and public places in 2007 was followed by an immediate drop of 3.5 per cent in child hospital admissions for respiratory problems.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published updated guidelines for dealing with people with violent and aggressive behaviour. The new recommendations cover a broader range of settings, including inpatient psychiatric care, emergency departments and community and primary care settings.

NHS England is testing NHS 111, an online version of non-emergency phone service that uses a simplified version of the algorithm used by call handlers.

Six of England’s leading mental health organisations have joined forces to produced a plan outlining what the government should do to improve the lives of people with mental health problems during the first 100 days of the new Parliament.

A paper published in the journal BMJ Open suggests delays in GPs referring patients for further testing could be the reason patients in the UK are more likely to die from cancer than in comparable countries.

According to a study carried out by the MS Society for World MS Day, 20 per cent of people suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS) had to wait between one and three years for an accurate diagnosis after their first visit to their GP.

NHS England confirmed that only 10,000 patients have registered with a GP away from their home since practice boundaries were abolished, despite original claims from the Department of Health that up to six per cent of patients were keen on moving to practices closer to their work.

Local Medical Committees Conference has voted 53 per cent in favour of GP payments based on activity rather than a contract.

Healthcare sites in Worcester have all agreed to an £18m contract that will see Computacenter manage IT at more than 160 sites, including eight hospitals and 66 GP practices.

Representatives from Somerset LMC have proposed that the NHS 111 service should be abolished in its present form.

It has been an exceptionally challenging year for the NHS Foundation Trust (NHSFT) sector. Growing financial and operational pressures meant that key waiting time targets were repeatedly missed during the year, and the sector’s financial performance also deteriorated significantly.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) is to carry out new research on the need for, and use of, health and social care services among older people in the UK, and how these services interact.

A study conducted by Liverpool John Moores University warns that surveys based on ‘typical drinking’ have underestimated alcohol consumption figures by the equivalent of 12 million bottles of wine a week.

Services run by Barts Health NHS Trust, the largest NHS Trust in the country, have been labelled as ‘inadequate’ by CQC inspectors.

In a speech to health leaders in central London, the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced that tackling child hood obesity would be a priority for the NHS.

A report published by the Parliamentary and Health Ombudsman Julie Mellor, ‘Dying without dignity’, suggests that end of life care can be improved for approximately 355,000 people a year whose deaths can be predicted by medical staff.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chair of the BMA general practitioners committee (GPC), will use his opening speech at the LMCs Conference to denounce the governments plans to move towards seven-day service, claiming that they are ‘political pipe dreams’.

Stockport NHS Foundation, which runs Stepping Hill Hospital, has released a media statement regarding the guilty verdict of Victorino Chua:


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