NEW REPORT: After the storm? UK blood safety and the risk of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease
More action is needed to ensure that variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), the human form of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), is not inadvertently transmitted from person-to-person through medical procedures, the Science and Technology Committee has today warned
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has published its annual report and accounts for 2013-14.
A significant portion of this document focuses on the merger of the MHRA with the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC) and the development of the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD).
The Department of Health has released details of the Atlas of Variation in Purchasing. This shows differences in the amount hospitals pay for everyday items including catheters, gloves and needles.
The document does not report against each individual objective of the Government Mandate to the NHS, and instead groups their assessment of ongoing based on the chapters of the Mandate and the individual priorities of the Secretary of State for Health.
The Health Select Committee, chaired by Dr Sarah Wollaston, have released a report on Long Term Condition with a number of observations and recommendations, which are summarised in brief below.
Antimicrobial Resistance has won the Longitude Prize, and the cause will receive £10m prize money towards research and finding a solution
The Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP attended the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee Links Day event on 24th June, and launched a Green Paper for Labour’s Plan for Science.
The Department of Health has appointed Labour peer Lord Carter of Coles as "procurement champion" of the NHS to help the service save up to £2bn on its budget.
The role was announced in August last year in a report into the development of procurement in the NHS.
The Department of Health (DH) has today published its corporate plan for 2014/15. The plan sets out departmental priorities for the year ahead to support the Secretary of State to deliver his strategic objectives, and is aligned with the Departmental Improvement Plan, published in April this year.
Research by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Sepsis reveals an astonishing number of hospital Trusts are not properly recording the killer illness sepsis, which kills 37,000 people a year in the UK.
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