Making staying healthy childs play: Prioritising physical activity among children

As the new year starts, Victoria Wilkinson looks at children’s health across the school year. This week, school children across the country are returning from the long summer holiday. The holidays are, for many children, a period of fun and adventure, and they will no doubt be returning to school with lots of stories toRead more

Keeping pace with the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The release of the new Westworld and Humans series may have offered some escapism over recent months. But as the march towards the fourth industrial revolution continues apace, science fiction is fast becoming science fact. As we edge closer to the technology of tomorrow, a fierce debate has emerged about whether the UK workforce isRead more

Pharmaceutical pricing: who holds the cards now?

Negotiations between NHS England and Vertex over access to vital CF drugs have reached an impasse. Both sides appear to have dug their heels into the ground, with patients and politicians left frustrated at the prospect of yet more delays. Some are increasingly despondent over the prospect that a deal may never be reached. TheRead more

The ‘Darzi Collaborative’: Why the AAC’s new Chair will give it some much-needed impetus

Today it was confirmed Lord Darzi will replace Sir Andrew Witty as Chair of the Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC). Led by NICE and drawing together 13 government departments, regulatory bodies and industry representatives, the AAC is tasked with “making the process of getting transformative technologies to patients quicker, cheaper and easier for innovators and theRead more

Hitting the target: where now for precision medicines?

Today (10th April 2018) WA Health has launched a new insight report on precision medicines, Hitting the target: Where now for precision medicines? In recent years precision medicines have become increasingly common as our understanding of disease, particularly cancer, has become more advanced. For example, lung cancer, once described as a single disease, is nowRead more

A ‘health tax’ won’t fix the NHS, but it’s a good start….

More than 100 years ago Winston Churchill, on a fact-finding mission to Germany on behalf of a UK Government Commission, marvelled at how the newly-created system of national insurance provided the German people with a safety net in times of sickness or unemployment. It was, in 1908, a revolutionary idea. Eager to keep pace withRead more