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2012-06-21 17:32:45

Research published today in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine raises further questions about a trial of HPV vaccines in India. The trial, which has now been halted and is the subject of an investigation by the Indian government, was examining the safety and feasibility of offering a vaccine against the virus associated with cervical cancer. The new study by researchers at Queen Mary, University of London and the University of Edinburgh suggests that lack of data on cervical...

2011-10-10 09:15:38

Research which claims to show that the introduction of patient choice in the NHS reduced deaths from heart attacks is flawed and misleading, according to a report published in The Lancet today (Monday). The original study was used by the Government to advance its controversial Health and Social Care Bill 2011 and was the basis for the Prime Minister's statement that 'competition is one way we can make things work better for patients'. In today's report, academics - led by Professor...

2011-09-29 11:03:21

A new study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine highlights the injury risks for schoolboys playing rugby. The research shows that the chance of a school player suffering an injury during a single season is at least 12 per cent and, according to some research, could be as high as 90 per cent. The researchers from Queen Mary, University of London and Cass Business School, City University say there is an urgent need to inform children, parents and coaches alike about the...

2011-02-10 12:20:36

Analysis: Private finance initiatives during NHS austerity It is time to reopen private finance initiative (PFI) contracts say leading public health physician, Professor Allyson Pollock, and colleagues on bmj.com today. Professor Pollock, who is based at the Centre for International Public Health Policy at the University of Edinburgh, argues that "NHS PFI contracts are not good value and are endangering patient care". Since 1997 most large-scale public capital investment in the UK has been...

2010-05-12 09:43:00

Analysis: Community pharmacy: Moving from dispensing to diagnosis and treatment Recent changes to the NHS community pharmacy contract in England and Wales have led to a range of services, like smoking cessation and supervised methadone administration, which were once the reserve of general practitioners but which will now be provided through a private market dominated by large corporations. But are these enhanced services value for money and what are their implications for patient care? Two...

2008-09-15 18:00:36

ALLYSON Pollock's insightful article on out-of-hours care in Scotland is something that none of us can afford to ignore (September 12). Successive, impotent, governments have allowed the NHS to wilt on the vine. Out-ofhours care is one symptom of this systemic disease. The private sector has a major foothold south of the border. We must stop this from happening in Scotland at all costs. General practitioners need time off, but at the same time we want the best for our patients. In the...

2008-09-12 12:00:18

By DAVID ROSS HIGHLAND CORRESPONDENT ONE of the leading critics of private involvement in the NHS has attacked measures to replace out-of-hours GP cover in one of Scotland's most remote communities. Professor Allyson Pollock said residents in Kinloch Rannoch were being asked to provide the funding and volunteers to man a new service introduced after the area's GP opted out of on-call duties. She said NHS Tayside had privatised "core services" n using the firm First Response Writing...