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Row breaks out over EMA Brexit decision to limit clinical trial transparency
17 Aug 2018

What difference will the EMA decision make? A European Medicines Agency (EMA) decision to scale back its policy of releasing landmark clinical trial data has attracted criticism. The changes are said to be a part of its planning for staff losses in preparation for Brexit. The EMA headquarters...

BMA highlights continued uncertainty over Brexit
17 Aug 2018

Is there too much uncertainty over the consequences of Brexit? BMA bosses say there is still too much uncertainty surrounding the implications of Brexit for patients, doctors and health services. The UK is due to exit the EU in just under eight months. The doctors' union says a 'no...

Cash for NICE appraisals consultation
17 Aug 2018

What is your view on charging for technology appraisals? A consultation has opened into whether the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) should start charging companies for technology appraisals. NICE appraisals have been conducted free of charge up until now but the idea...

Teams named to create 10-year plan
17 Aug 2018

Who are in the workstreams proposed by NHS England and NHS Improvement to create 10-year plan? NHS England and NHS Improvement are putting together workstream teams to begin developing the NHS's 10-year plan. Members of the teams have been drafted in from arm's-length bodies, commissioning...

CQC looks to cut number of never events
17 Aug 2018

How easy will it be to enforce universal rules? The Care Quality Commission has warned that clinical autonomy is being put above patient safety in the health service and the number of never events is not falling. In an attempt to reduce these events, which can include mistakes such as operating...

SMC gives green light to ovarian cancer medicine
17 Aug 2018

Is access to new medicines improving in Scotland? A drug for advanced ovarian cancer and three other medicines have been accepted for use in the NHS in Scotland. The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) has backed niraparib (Zejula) after consideration through the patient and clinician engagement...

NHS England opens consultation to finalise integrated care provider contract
10 Aug 2018

How can we find out about the ICP contract? NHS England officials have opened a 12-week consultation on the proposed integrated care provider (ICP) contract to be used by integrated care organisations (ICOs). The step brings the long-planned development of ICOs a step closer. The organisations...

DHSC plans big hike in statutory scheme medicines clawback
10 Aug 2018

Will the DHSC really increase the statutory scheme clawback from 7.8% to 21.7%? A Department of Health and Social Care consultation has revealed plans for large increases in the clawback paid to the DHSC by the pharma industry under the statutory scheme for medicines pricing. The proposed...

Dalton says control totals will be gone by April
10 Aug 2018

Is the DHSC going to write off trust debts? Control totals will be gone at the end of the 2018/19 financial year and the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) will have to forgive the debts of some NHS trusts, according to an NHS Improvement chief. Ian Dalton, chief executive of NHS...

GP leaders call for extra £2.5bn a year to bolster primary care
10 Aug 2018

Does general practice need extra funds to strengthen primary care service? General practice needs a cash injection of £2.5bn a year by 2020/21 in addition to £2.4bn in extra funding already promised and being delivered by government, says the Royal College of GPs. The money would...