Jul 28, 2014
Following four years in office, with a solid reputation for representing the scientific community, as well as British universities, David Willetts MP has moved on as Minister for Universities and Science. The work he has undertaken will of course be remembered, and we are still looking forward to working on the Catapult for Precision Medicine brought about by David Willetts.
Jul 02, 2014
Prime Minister David Cameron, has announced a review into antimicrobial resistance, and why so few drugs have been manufactured in recent years. The last major antibiotic was created in 1987. Jim O’Neill, former Chief Economist at Goldman Sachs, will lead a global panel of experts from science, finance, industry, and global health, aiming to spur the development of a “new generation of antibiotics”.
Jun 18, 2014
Today NICE will publish updated guidance on the treatment of Atrial Fibrillation. Although NICE periodically updates all of its guidance to take account of the latest research and best practice, for the first time today the guidance will be accompanied by the publication of a Consensus statement on the use of Novel Oral Anticoagulants (NOACs) drafted by the NICE Implementation Collaborative (NIC).
Jun 10, 2014
It’s National Diabetes Week 2014. BIVDA will be raising the profile of diabetes, and the importance of IVDs, in our blog and TestingTuesday Tweets. You can see all of our tweets on storify here. Social Media has been cooking up a storm for awareness week as well, with a huge concentration written about the launch of the British Medical Journal's report on pre-diabetes diagnoses in the UK.
Jun 03, 2014
Today (3 June 2014), a day before the Queen’s Speech marking the start of a new Parliamentary session, the Chair of the influential Health Select Committee, Stephen Dorrell MP, has stepped down with immediate effect. Mr Dorrell said: “I have enjoyed doing the select committee.
May 19, 2014
Diabetes UK has recently released a report entitled NHS Health Checks in Local Authorities, ref: type 2 diabetes testing. This looks into the uptake and achievements of the Health Check policy, since its transition from the NHS to Local Authorities in 2013. NHS Health Checks are aimed at everyone between 40 and 74 years of age who has not been previously diagnosed with heart disease, hypertension, stroke, diabetes, or kidney disease.
May 13, 2014
On Monday 12 May, Labour Leader Ed Miliband, unveiled One Nation Labour’s newest policies regarding the NHS, and those which they will focus on in the year up until the next general election.
Apr 29, 2014
On the 8th April 2014, Boris Johnson launched MedCity at Imperial University. MedCity hopes to strengthen the links between hospitals, universities and businesses in London, Oxford and Cambridge - otherwise known as 'The Golden Triangle'. The Mayor, Boris Johnson aims to make this world’s capital for Life Sciences.
Mar 19, 2014
Every year, usually in March or April the Chancellor of the Exchequer presents the budget, or financial statement, to the House of Commons. What does it include? It is a statement on the nation's finances Forecasts for the economy (from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR).) Government Proposals for changes to legislation/ changes to taxation. How does it work?
Feb 27, 2014
Tomorrow, 28th February, is International Rare Disease Day 2014. This is an annual event co-ordinated by EURORDIS (also self-titled - the voice of rare diseases in Europe) in order to raise awareness about rare diseases. It has been running since 2008, and tomorrow, BIVDA will join in by issuing a range of tweets of relevance to the diagnostics industry.