The Government has announced that it intends to make it an offence in England to smoke in a private vehicle containing under-18s and to fail to prevent smoking in a private vehicle carrying someone aged under 18.
A study by UK researchers published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases suggests that an analysis of strains from 2012 reveals that whooping cough bacteria may be evolving “rapidly” and that this may have consequences for the effectiveness of vaccines in future outbreaks.
Simon Stevens, the Chief Executive of NHS England, has stated that the NHS is going to be funding a new national programme on obesity designed to offer people at risk of diabetes more support to become healthier, eat better and exercise more.
The BMA in Scotland has called for e-cigarettes to be banned in enclosed public places where smoking is prohibited. In its response to a Scottish Government consultation on e-cigarettes and strengthening tobacco control in Scotland, the BMA has also said there should be age restrictions on the purchase of e-cigarettes and refills, and tighter controls on marketing and advertising.
Sir Robert Francis’s report on the “Freedom to Speak Up” review has called for independent whistleblowing guardians to be designated in every NHS organisation, a National Whistleblowing Guardian at the top of the network, better training and some legal amendments.
The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has produced a new league table of projected GP shortages, showing the areas in England that will be most affected by a lack of doctors and the growth in population.
The Royal College of General Practitioners has published a response to a report prepared by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Patient and Public involvement in Health and Social Care and the Patients Association on the care.data project.