Review launched to combat threat of antibiotic resistance

2 July 2014

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of the threat to health posed by growing numbers of bacterial and viral infections that are resistant to antimicrobial drugs. With no new classes of antibiotics coming on to the market for more than 25 years, WHO describe the situation as one of the most significant risks facing modern medicine and have called for a "global" response.

Inquiry into patient-centred care launched by RCGP

25 June 2014

An independent inquiry into patient-centred care in the twenty-first century has been launched by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), led by former NHS Confederation chief executive Mike Farrar, to examine how the role of GPs should change in the future.

GPs say they are left out of decisions on vulnerable patient funding

25 June 2014

Addressing a Westminster Health Forum event in London on the next steps for primary care commissioning, the British Medical Association (BMA) general practitioners committee (GPC) chair said few GPs were receiving the Government funding to help them support vulnerable older patients, and many felt left out of decisions on how to spend it.

Government responds to report on Mental Capacity Act

24 June 2014

Responding to a House of Lords’ committee report on the “Mental Capacity Act” (MCA), which was published in March, the Government said that its goal will be to ensure that all qualified social workers are trained in the MCA and have the skills to carry out best interest decisions.

Recommendations on next steps for NHS Constitution published

20 June 2014

The Department of Health (DH) has accepted 10 recommendations from an expert advisory group, chaired by health minister Norman Lamb, for increasing the impact of the NHS Constitution and has agreed to work with NHS England on an awareness campaign in 2014/15.

Results of flu vaccine pilot in schools encouraging

11 June 2014

Early school flu vaccination pilot results have indicated a reduction in consultation rate for influenza-like illness, leading Public Health England (PHE) to announce the success of the scheme.

Diabetes audit calls for better links between GPs and care homes

11 June 2014

Initial findings from the first ever England-wide Care Home Diabetes Audit have revealed a lack of comprehensive assessment, monitoring and specialist care for people with diabetes living in care homes, resulting in many avoidable hospital admissions.