ASH Daily News for 01 March 2019



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UK

  • De La Rue takes on tobacco track and trace for HMRC
  • Gerada and Ham hired to ‘support and challenge’ NHS England

International

  • BAT says it would fight menthol cigarette ban if proposed in US

Link of the week

  • Learning the lessons from the transfer of public health to councils

 

UK

De La Rue takes on tobacco track and trace for HMRC

HMRC has hired the security printing company De La Rue to implement track and trace technology for tobacco products. The five-year £3.5 million deal involves the deployment of De La Rue’s track and trace technology on 1.7 billion packets of cigarettes and hand-rolling tobacco sold in the UK each year.

The EU Tobacco Products Directive, Article 15, means it will be a legal requirement for all tobacco products to be traceable, down to pack level, in order to cut down on illicit trade.

The digital solution will be supplied by De La Rue’s expanding Product Authentication & Traceability business. It involves them issuing a code on behalf of HMRC to manufacturers to use on their tobacco products. These markers can then be traced through the system. De La Rue will manage the service for HMRC and will deal with all the relevant parties involved in serving the UK market for tobacco products.

Track and trace is set to be implemented for cigarettes and hand-rolled tobacco from 20 May 2019 and for other tobacco products by 20 May 2024.

Source: Print Week, 28 February 2019

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Gerada and Ham hired to ‘support and challenge’ NHS England

Two well-known healthcare figures, Dr Clare Gerada and Sir Chris Ham, have been hired as co-chairs of a new NHS assembly, whose role is to advise the joint boards of NHS England and NHS Improvement on delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan.

The co-chairs are Clare Gerada, the prominent GP and one of the earliest and most vociferous critics of the Lansley NHS reforms of 2010-13, and Sir Chris Ham, who stepped down as King’s Fund chief executive at the beginning of the year and was one of the first champions of developing integrated care over competition in the NHS.

Sir Chris said: “I’m delighted to be working with Clare Gerada in chairing the assembly which will have a key role in implementing the long-term plan. We will support and challenge national bodies, the NHS and its partners to ensure the plan delivers improvements in health and care.”

Source: Health Service Journal, 28 February 2019

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International

BAT says it would fight menthol cigarette ban if proposed in US

British American Tobacco would challenge restrictions on menthol cigarettes by US health regulators, due to its belief that they would have no impact on smoking rates, its chief executive told Reuters on Thursday.

The FDA has said it would consider possibly banning menthol flavouring in tobacco products as part of efforts to curb underage smoking.

Source: Reuters, 28 February 2019

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Link of the week

Learning the lessons from the transfer of public health to councils

Phillip Swan, executive chairman of Shared Intelligence, writes in the Local Government Chronicle on a new report by Shared Intelligence and the County Councils Network: “Our report, based on unattributable interviews with directors of public health, health and wellbeing board chairs, chief executives and health partners in 14 county areas, concludes that public health services have benefited from councils’ procurement and commissioning expertise. Before the transfer many directors of public health were nervous about the politics of local government, but they now see councillors as powerful advocates for public health within councils and communities.”

“Many of the directors of public health we interviewed were concerned about the development of a gulf and highlighted the steps they are taking to maintain and develop effective relationships with their NHS colleagues and organisations…These findings must be looked at alongside the focus of prevention in the NHS long-term plan. It is significant that the plan talks about the NHS complementing, not taking over, the important role of local government.”

He goes on to say: “if the government’s objectives for health and care integration and prevention are to be achieved it is vital it builds on the wider place-based role of county councils and their district partners, not simply their role as social services authorities and commissioners of public health and care services. This will require a fundamental reset of the relationship between health and local government, including on the role of public health.”

See also: Shared Intelligence and County Councils Network – Learning the lessons from the transfer of public health to councils

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