• Survey on role of specialist palliative care in care homes

    11 August 2017

    A survey of organisations providing specialist palliative care services to care homes highlights the work they do and the challenges they face. Commissioned by Public Health England, the survey examines the role of specialist palliative care in providing support to care homes in England.

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  • Faster access to cancer drugs

    11 August 2017

    NICE has approved liver cancer drug, sorafenib for routine NHS use. Three-quarters of drugs covered by the cancer drugs fund (CDF) have now been approved without a negative decision. Sorafenib is eighteenth on the list of 24 drugs NICE was asked to approve for the CDF.

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  • Thousands more could benefit from drugs to prevent bone fractures

    10 August 2017

    NICE has published new guidance on the use of drugs called bisphosphonates for preventing bone fractures in people at increased risk.

    The new guidance links a person’s risk of having a bone fracture with the point at which treatment should be started, based on cost effectiveness.

    It recommends treatment with oral bisphosphonate drugs alendronic acid, ibandronic acid and risedronate sodium as options for people who have at least a 1% risk of a bone fracture within the next 10 years.

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  • General surgery: GIRFT programme national specialty report

    10 August 2017

    This report argues that the NHS could see a significant reduction in the amount of people unnecessarily admitted for emergency general surgery if more acute hospitals introduced consultant-led surgical assessments at their ‘front door’. The analysis estimates that this change could lead to up to 30% fewer general surgery emergency admissions a year saving over £100m.

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  • Changes to statement of financial entitlement for dental contracts

    10 August 2017

    The Department of Health has published the Primary Dental Services Statements of Financial Entitlements (Amendment) directions 2017.

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