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Health must be top of the agenda during Brexit negotiations says RCGP Chair

"In fact, in terms of workforce this analysis doesn't take into account GPs and practice staff potentially affected by Brexit negotiations, so we are concerned the situation could be far bleaker. The College's own research earlier this year ...

Telephone triage can be useful but doesn't necessarily reduce GP workload

She said: "Telephone consultations can be convenient – and they certainly can help direct patients to the most appropriate care for their health needs- but as this research has shown they don't necessarily reduce GP workload in the end as 10 min ...

Health Committee to discuss mid-year review of 2017 estimates

The Joint Committee on Health will meet tomorrow at 9.00am to discuss the mid-year review of the 2017 Estimates for Public Services – Vote 38 (Health). The meeting will take place in Committee Room 3, Leinster House. ...

Corporate report: PHE Board meeting papers: September 2017

The agenda and papers available for the Public Health England (PHE) Board meeting of 27 September 2017. ...

Press release: Highest smoking quit success rates on record

New data published in a University College of London (UCL) report shows quitting success rates at their highest for at least a decade, up to 19.8% for the first 6 months of this year, significantly higher than the average for the last 10 years (15.7%). Su ...

Correspondence: Vaccine update: issue 270, September 2017

This edition features: ...

Blood transfusions in critically ill patients – ‘freshest’ blood not necessarily the best

A new clinical trial called TRANSFUSE, has found the age of transfused blood cells did not impact patient survival rates among critically ill adults. The findings end speculation that fresher blood may be superior for critically ill patients. The study, fu ...

Blood transfusions in critically ill patients – ‘freshest’ blood not necessarily the best

A new clinical trial called TRANSFUSE, has found the age of transfused blood cells did not impact patient survival rates among critically ill adults. The findings end speculation that fresher blood may be superior for critically ill patients. The study, fu ...

Guidance: Alcohol, drugs and tobacco: commissioning support pack

This commissioning support pack will help local authorities to develop joint strategic needs assessment and local joint health and wellbeing strategies which effectively address public health issues relating to alcohol, drug and tobacco use. The pack cove ...

Minister Daly launches NOSP Annual Report 2016 and National Suicide Research Foundation Self-harm Registry Annual Report 2016

Minister of State Jim Daly today launched the National Office of Suicide Prevention Annual Report 2016 and National Suicide Research Foundation Self-harm Registry Annual Report 2016. The Minister admitted that “suicide and self-harm are complex problems, ...

Social Protection Committee to meet with Minister

The Committee on Social Protection will meet with Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty tomorrow, Thursday, 28 September 2017 in relation to functional changes to the Department and its legislative agenda. ...

RCGP hails measles elimination as a 'brilliant outcome' for patients and GPs

public. “Despite today’s good news, we urge people not to become complacent. It is crucial that children ...

Opening Statement by Minister for Health Simon Harris, TD, at the Joint Committee on Health – 27th September 2017

**check against delivery** Introduction Chairman, I am pleased to have this opportunity to provide an update to the Joint Committee on the mid-year review of my Department’s Estimate for 2017 (Vote 38). The briefing provided to Deputies by my Department g ...

Rates of newly diagnosed HIV increasing in over-50s

News, September 27 2017 HIV on the rise in the over-50s: Warning that reckless sexual behaviour of ...

High-precision radiotherapy for prostate cancer 'shows promise'

The Times. The news is based on a UK study of the use of high-precision radiotherapy to treat men with ...

Text messages incredibly useful in general practice- but we recognise potential limitations

"They are a cheap and convenient way to get important messages to patients and one area that we have seen particular benefit is in reducing missed appointments through sending out text reminders. "However, we recognise the potential security lim ...

Investing in primary care is cost effective for the NHS and good for patient care says College

She said: "These findings back up what the College has been saying for years – that investing more in general practice makes sound economic sense, and can alleviate pressures right across the health service. "This should translate into reducing ...

Icelandic expert shares experience of tackling youth substance misuse

Published date:  Tue, 26/09/2017 Directorate:  Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement Teenage smoking, drinking and drug use has radically reduced in Iceland over the past 20 years, so the Public Health Agency (PHA) and the South Eastern Drug and Alcohol ...

Communications, Climate Action & Environment Committee to consider mid-year estimates

The Communications, Climate Action and Environment Committee will carry out a mid-year review of estimates at its meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, 27 September 2017. ...

Over 160,000 patients affected as Scotland has more practices that have returned contract to health boards than any previous year on record

In the ten years from 2007 to 2016, the number of patients registered with 2c practices almost doubled from 83,290 (which was 1.5% of patients) to 160,322 (2.8% of patients). Speaking from his practice in Dingwall, Dr Miles Mack, Chair of RCGP Scotland, s ...

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