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Kids in Crisis

3. July 2015

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. On Thursday 1st July, Alan Johnson featured on the Channel 4 Dispatches documentary, ‘Kids in Crisis’. This powerful programme looked at the experiences of families across the UK, where children as young as 13 are being separated from their parents to receive mental health treatment hundreds of miles from home, due to a lack [...]

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New improvements to the NHS

17. November 2009

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 From 1 April teh Government is abolishing NHS prescription charges for everyone undergoing treatment for cancer, the effects of cancer, or the effects of cancer treatment.   Up to 150,000 patients already diagnosed with cancer are expected to benefit, saving them £100 or more each year in prescription charges.   Other new NHS improvements are [...]

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Swine Flu vaccine announcement

17. November 2009

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 21 October 2009   The Department of Health today announced:   The first deliveries of pandemic flu vaccine were sent to England NHS Acute Trusts today, for the start of the vaccination programme.   It will take 2-3 days to deliver to all Acute Trusts, with further supplies sent out in the following week. These [...]

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Swine Flu Q & A

17. November 2009

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What are the current seasonal flu vaccine clinical at-risk groups? The following are in the seasonal flu risk groups: People with, -          chronic respiratory disease; -          chronic heart disease; -          chronic kidney disease; -          chronic liver disease; -          chronic neurological disease -          diabetes; and -          immunosuppression.   This list is available in the seasonal flu [...]

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New Child Heath Strategy

19. February 2009

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Together with  Children’s Secretary Ed Balls, I have recently published the Government’s long term vision of a 21st Century children’s health service aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of all children. The Child Health Strategy includes £340 million to support children with disabilities and their families. Together with funding previously announced this brings the total [...]

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Extended opening hours for GP surgeries

20. January 2009

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Nearly 70% of GP surgeries are now offering patients extended opening hours (including Hull Teaching PCT). When we made the controversial changes to the GP contract we hoped that 50% of practices would be offering extended hours by the end of 2008. We recognise that for many people like self-employed or hourly paid workers, seeing [...]

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Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008

20. November 2008

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The Act received Royal Assent on Thursday 13 November. The Act updates the 1990 law to ensure that it is fit for purpose in the 21st Century and keeps the UK at the forefront of developments in treatment and research. There are no changes to the 1967 Abortion Act resulting from this legislation. The purpose [...]

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