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Healthy Child Wales, a programme that will ensure every child up to the age of seven receives consistent and universal health services in Wales, was launched by the Minister for Social Services and Public Health Rebecca Evans today. Implementing Healthy Child Wales is one of the Welsh Government’s priorities in…
Statins are safe and effective but their potential side-effects have been exaggerated by unreliable studies, according to a major medical review. The cholesterol-reducing tablets, the most prescribed drugs in the UK, have been the subject of years of controversy and conflicting reports. It is thought that around six million people…
A new one-stop NHS website where patients book appointments, order prescriptions and access medical advice is being developed, health officials have announced. For minor ailments patients will be able to check their symptoms online and they will be able to read up on all manner of diseases. The new NHS.uk…
Patients with dementia, diabetes and learning disabilities are being let down by their local health services in many parts of England, new figures show. A postcode lottery of care across the country has been highlighted as new performance data shows that while some health bodies are performing well, neighbouring organisations…
Public Health Wales is relocating over 500 staff from its 10 South East Wales offices to a shared base in no 2 Capital Quarter, Cardiff. The move follows a review of the organisation’s accommodation needs in South East Wales in 2012, which found it would be more efficient to co-locate…
Data from health apps and wearable activity trackers such as Fitbits will feed directly into people's personal health records, the Health Secretary has announced. Jeremy Hunt said that a new list of NHS-approved health apps and other technology will be able to be linked directly into patient records. Speaking at…
“We are at the tipping point of a cultural change towards self-care as a way of life and work”, says Dr Pete Smith of the Self Care Forum, “but for change to happen we must work collaboratively with each other and with people and patients.” To share ways in which…
A charity has called for a sea change in asthma care after research showed the condition costs the UK at least £1.1 billion each year. Asthma UK said a different approach making the best use of new technologies, such as smart inhalers, was needed urgently to ease the burden on…
A groundbreaking new app to help healthcare staff tackle antibiotic resistance has been launched in Scotland. The app, which will be rolled out nationwide, is a first for Scotland. Known as the Antimicrobial Companion, the app will give practitioners quick and easy access to clinical guidance and will support decision…
The National Assembly for Wales’ Health, Social Care and Sport Committee are currently looking into the sustainability of the Health and Social Care workforce. Concerns about the recruitment and retention of the health and social care workforce are well-publicised. Without the right staff in place, the NHS and social care…
An online tool containing the most current and accurate data on the health of the people of Wales has been launched by the Health Intelligence division. The new tool contains data to support the 40 key indicators outlined in the recently launched Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF), a new set…
People are twice as likely to live at least 10 years after being diagnosed with cancer than they were at the start of the 1970s, new research shows. More than 170,000 people in the UK who were diagnosed in the 1970s and 1980s are still alive - an "extraordinary" number,…