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

8 things you need to know about NICE’s changes to its appraisal process

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has this week published its updated guide to its health technology appraisal (HTA) process following two rounds of consultations over the last six months. The aim of these changes is to streamline and accelerate the appraisal process. This consultation process has been very low key andRead 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

The Health Top Ten: Winter Edition

As the dark mornings set in and we all return to work, WA Health looks at the top ten trends, policy developments and potential pitfalls for the health sector to look out for in the run-up to Spring. New Year, New Me At this time of year many of us give ourselves New Year’s resolutionsRead more

Hammond’s Budget: a sticking plaster for an NHS on life support

The Budget was foreshadowed by persistent calls from the medical royal colleges, health charities and NHS organisations to commit the government to greater funds and find a long-term sustainable funding solution for the NHS and social care. Despite irritating the Treasury with these demands, these calls have not fallen completely on deaf ears. The ChancellorRead more