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22 April 2015  BIVDA admin
Main parties take part in major health debate
By BIVDA admin @ 16:17 :: 56 Views

Health representatives from the major parties participated in the ‘Health and Care Debate’ yesterday  Taking part were Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, Andy Burnham, Shadow Secretary of State for Health, Norman Lamb, Minister of State for Care and Support and Julia Reid MEP, UKIP Deputy Health Spokesperson.  After opening statements, the event followed a ‘Question Time’ format, drawing on questions from the audience.  

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15 April 2015  BIVDA admin
European Commission announces Prize for diagnostic to combat Antimicrobial Resistance
By BIVDA admin @ 13:10 :: 60 Views

This €1 million prize addresses the issue of the unnecessary use of antibiotics, which is contributing to the growing problem of antibiotic resistance.

The challenge is to develop a rapid test that will allow healthcare providers to distinguish at the point of care between patients with upper respiratory tract infections that require antibiotics and those that can be treated safely without antibiotics.

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10 April 2015  BIVDA admin
Antimicrobial Resistance included on Government's National Risk Register
By BIVDA admin @ 12:46 :: 108 Views

The National Risk Register of Civil Emergencies March 2015 edition has been published and provides an updated government assessment of the likelihood and potential impact of a range of different civil emergency risks (including naturally and accidentally occurring hazards and malicious threats) that may directly affect the UK over the next 5 years.

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29 March 2015  BIVDA admin
NHS England publishes Business Plan 2015/16
By BIVDA admin @ 12:57 :: 51 Views

NHS England has published its Business Plan for 2015/16, entitled Building the NHS of the Five Year Forward View. It sets out ten priorities for improving the NHS this year, which are designed to deliver the Government’s priorities set out in The Mandate whilst furthering the aims of NHS England’s vision for the NHS – the Five Year Forward View (5YFV).


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29 March 2015  BIVDA admin
NHS England's open call for 'test bed sites'
By BIVDA admin @ 12:51 :: 54 Views

The NHS Five Year Forward View, published in October 2014, set out the intention to develop a small number of ‘test beds’. These sites will evaluate the real world impact of new technologies offering both better care and better value for taxpayers, testing them together with innovations in how NHS services are delivered.

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27 March 2015  BIVDA admin
Cancer Taskforce Update
By BIVDA admin @ 13:02 :: 55 Views

The Cancer Taskforce has today issued its Statement of Intent.

The strategy will consider the need for the establishment of a national system for the molecular diagnosis of cancer " to ensure patients are receiving the treatments that they will benefit from". 

BIVDA welcomes this statement of intent and has raised concerns previously about the need for a national system regarding molecular diagnostics. 

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13 March 2015  BIVDA admin
Innovative Medicines and Med Tech Review Chair and terms announced
By BIVDA admin @ 10:02 :: 118 Views

BIVDA welcomes the announcement that Sir Hugh Taylor, Chair of Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust will be leading the IMMT review, with support from Sir John Bell and an expert advisory group. 

Terms of reference for the review have also been announced, and show  "how it will explore opportunities to get innovative medicines, devices and diagnostics from the lab to NHS patients as quickly and safely as possible". 

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05 March 2015  Rebecca Bellars
PMQs: Barry Gardiner question on missed cancer targets
By Rebecca Bellars @ 11:33 :: 129 Views

A Labour MP who lost his father, mother and sister to cancer questioned the prime minister about missed targets for cancer referrals.

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26 February 2015  BIVDA admin
ECDC annual report on STIs
By BIVDA admin @ 09:15 :: 150 Views

On 18 February, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) published its annual epidemiological report on sexually transmitted infections including HIV and bloodborne viruses. The report provides an overview of the epidemiology of the following diseases based on 2012 data:

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    17 February 2015  Joanne Hunter
    The 4th annual UK Diagnostics Forum 2015 will be held on 19th and 20th May 2015 at St Hugh’s College, Oxford.
    By Joanne Hunter @ 08:31 :: 562 Views

    Organised by the NIHR Diagnostic Evidence Co-operative Oxford, in collaboration with NICE, Innovate UK and the British In Vitro Diagnostics Association (BIVDA), this is a meeting of industry, academia and healthcare developing ways to facilitate the utilisation and adoption of innovative tests through good quality evidence.

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