The York Health Economics Consortium (YHEC) have produced a literature review on behalf of the British Lung Foundation and the British Thoracic Society on the economic costs of lung disease and the cost-effectiveness of different NHS activities, programmes and campaigns to combat lung problems.
The Institute for Public Policy Research have produced a report on wealth in the 21st century examining wealth inequality. The report argues that a focus on income inequality has masked the true extent of inequality in the UK and that while wealth inequality fell for much of the 20th century, it is now rising again, and is set to rise further.
Roberts, C. and Lawrence, M. (2017) Wealth in the twenty-first century: inequalities and drivers, IPPR.
The House of Commons Library have produced a briefing on the use of surgical mesh implants. The briefing summarises the uses of mesh implants and the statistics on procedures and complications. It also outlines the regulation around the use of mesh implants, the different reviews that have been undertaken, and parliamentary and legal discussion on the issue. The briefing was prepared in advance of a House of Commons debate on surgical mesh implants.
The BBC website has launched a healthcare ‘tracker‘ to track if local services are meeting national waiting time targets in the key areas of A&E treatment, cancer care and planned operations.
The NHS Confederation (NHS England) have published a briefing on the ‘Maintaining reciprocal healthcare for patients after Brexit‘. The paper is produced by the Brexit Health Alliance, and aims to explain what the implications would be if reciprocal healthcare arrangements were to be discontinued after Brexit.
A new framework for UK health and social care research has been launched setting out the principles of good practice in the management and conduct of health and social care research. Nineteen principles of good practice are outlined in the new guidelines which replace previous separate guidelines for the NHS in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The Department of Health in England are carrying out a consultation on proposals to introduce some level of statutory regulation for ‘medical associate professions’. The professions grouped under this heading are physician associates, physicians’ assistants (anaesthesia), surgical care practitioner and advanced critical care practitioner. The regulation would be UK wide.