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Gamekeeping Taskforce “needed now more than ever”

A year on from BASC Scotland’s call for the establishment of a Gamekeeping Taskforce, the Minister for Environment and Land Reform, Màiri McAllan MSP, has been urged to address the ongoing difficulties facing gamekeepers and rural workers in managing the countryside. Ahead of the 2021 Scottish Parliamentary election BASC Scotland called for the creation of a Scottish Gamekeeping… Read more »

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BASC sets out positions for lead ammunition consultation

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) will be challenging many of the restriction proposals put forward by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on the use and sale of lead ammunition for outdoor recreational shooting in England, Scotland and Wales. Following detailed analysis of the HSE evidence and proposals, BASC has produced positions… Read more »

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Health watchdog under fire for refusing use of two bowel cancer drugs on the NHS
Charities condemn NHS cancer drug ruling

Cancer charities have today condemned the decision by the health watchdog not to make two bowel cancer drugs available on the NHS. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (Nice) decided that bevacizumab (Avastin) and cetuximab (Erbitux), which cost £17,000 and £12,000 per patient respectively, were not cost effective given the other demands on the NHS… Read more »

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Nice approves use of Herceptin in early stage breast cancer sufferers
Watchdog approves breast cancer drug

Thousands of women will have access to a life-saving new drug on the NHS after the health watchdog today approved Herceptin for use against early stage breast cancer. The decision comes after a long-running battle between patients and primary care trusts (PCT) across the country, to tackle what was described as a “postcode lottery” in… Read more »