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Feb 28, 2020
A Commons Library analysis of the Medicines and Medical Devices Bill 2019-20 prepared ahead of second reading on 2 March 2020. This is copied below for members' information. The Medicines and Medical Devices Bill 2019-20 was announced in the Queen’s Speech in December 2019 and had its first reading on 13 February 2020.Context for the BillA large proportion of the legal framework for medicines and medical devices in the UK derives from EU Directives and has been implemented into do...
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Feb 19, 2020
Priti Patel has launched the UK's new points-based immigration system which will apply from 1 January 2021.
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Feb 18, 2020
David Frost, the PM's Europe Adviser and Head of Taskforce Europe, has set out the key themes of the UK's negotiating position during a speech in Brussels.
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Feb 18, 2020
Scotland’s Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, has announced up to £9.5 million of new funding to strengthen Scotland’s position in precision medicine, an industry estimated to be worth over $130 billion by 2025. The funding will be invested over the next five years by the Scottish Funding Council and Scottish Enterprise. It will support the growth of precision medicine in Scotland through industry-led projects managed by the Precision Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre ...
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Feb 14, 2020
Boris Johnson has reshuffled his cabinet two months after the general election.
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Feb 13, 2020
Aside from the reshuffle, the Government has today announced the Medicines and Medical Devices Bill will be laid before Parliament. The Medicines and Medical Devices Bill introduces new safety measures, increases the professions that can prescribe low-risk medicines and allows hospitals to develop personalised medicines.The bill will also:     - increase the range of professions able to prescribe medicines in low-risk circumstances, reducing unnecessary GP appointments  ...
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Feb 12, 2020
The WHO and the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics have signed an MoU to improve access to diagnostics in resource-poor countries.
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Feb 11, 2020
With the UK out of the EU, the Department for International Trade has opened a consultation on the UK's new Global Tariff Policy.  The Government is building independent trade policy for the first time in almost fifty years. Part of their approach involves developing a new UK Most Favoured Nation (MFN) tariff schedule, known as the UK Global Tariff. The UK Global Tariff will come into effect on 1 January 2021 and will apply to imports into the UK from any country with which the UK ...
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Feb 06, 2020
Yesterday the National Audit Office has published two reports: NHS financial management and sustainability and a Review of capital expenditure in the NHS. The NHS financial management and sustainability report found that NHS provider trusts have a combined deficit of £827m, with clinical commission groups reporting a £150m deficit in the financial year ending 31 March 2019. The NAO said that NHS trusts are becoming “increasingly reliant on short-term measures”, and patien...
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Jan 30, 2020
A report published today delivers the most comprehensive analysis of UK health research funding ever compiled.
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