ASH Daily news for 05 November 2015



HEADLINES

  • 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
    Link: http://ind.pn/1XQYihg

    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
    Link: http://bit.ly/1LR7BbS

    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
    Link: http://bit.ly/1OqdvnU

    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
    Link: http://www.bmj.com/content/351/bmj.h5826

    Parliamentary Questions

    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.
    Hansard source

    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.pdf

    Source: Hansard HC Deb, 3 November 2015, cW
    Link: http://bit.ly/1RxBYpg