ASH Daily news for 05 November 2015
November 5, 2015
- UK now has one of the worst healthcare systems in the developed world, according to OECD report
- Should psychiatric hospitals completely ban smoking?
- Scaremongering about electronic cigarettes is not in the best interest of patients
- Analysis of Public Health England’s work to date
- Parliamentary Questions
UK now has one of the worst healthcare systems in the developed world, according to OECD report
A new report published by the OECD says that the UK has one of the worst healthcare systems in the developed world.
Mark Pearson, OECD Deputy Director of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs said: “The UK has an outstandingly poor record of preventing ill health… thanks to lower than average levels of public investment in healthcare which was mirrored by a somewhat mediocre performance across the board – from relatively low staffing levels, to high rates of avoidable admissions for asthma and lung disease.”Source: The Independent, 05 November 2015
Should psychiatric hospitals completely ban smoking?
Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive of ASH and Simon Wessely, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists go head to head with Michael Fitzpatrick, a former GP to argue that a “smoking culture” leads to disproportionate harm among people with serious mental health problems. Fitzpatrick suggests that a smoking ban is unethical and deprives patients of autonomy.Source: BMJ, 05 November 2015
Scaremongering about electronic cigarettes is not in the best interest of patients
Louise Ross, Stop Smoking Service Manager at Leicester City Council makes the case for electronic cigarettes. She says: “As evidence continues to emerge about the safety and benefits of e-cigarettes as a displacement tool for smoking, healthcare professionals have a duty to inform, not scare, people about these products.”Source: Pharmaceutical Journal, 29 October 2015
Analysis of Public Health England’s work to date
Freelance journalist Jonathan Gornall takes a look at the work of Public Health England in the light of criticism over its report on electronic cigarettes.Source: BMJ, 03 November 2015
PQ1: Standardised Packaging
Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the implications of the standardised packaging of tobacco will be assessed against the Government’s One-In, Two-Out criteria.
Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health
The Department published on 12 February 2015 a final Impact Assessment which assessed all of the costs and benefits of standardised packaging of tobacco products, including a one in two out calculation beginning at page 64.
The final impact assessment is available on the Gov.uk website at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/403493/Impact_assessment.pdfSource: Hansard HC Deb, 3 November 2015, cW