Archive: Nhs Prescription Services

'Cutting edge' drugs to be made available sooner

NHS patients to be offered unlicensed drug gamble

NHS patients could be given access to drugs which have not been fully developed under plans being unveiled by the government today.

Opinion Former Articles

  • Stark warning for NHS IT

    NHS IT system warned of 'bleak future'

    The NHS computing system faces a "bleak future", with delays, escalating costs and clinician disillusionment, the latest report into the struggling system has concluded.

  • NHS IT upgrade system rocked by withdrawal of key contractor Accenture

    NHS IT upgrade dealt another blow

    Opposition parties last night raised doubts about the £6.2 billion project to upgrade IT in the NHS after a key contractor pulled out.

  • Drugs watchdog begins review to weed out ineffective NHS treatments

    NHS to weed out 'ineffective' treatments

    The NHS clinical watchdog has today begun a review to weed out the treatments and procedures which are out of date but still being used.

  • IT systems go down in 80 NHS trusts

    MPs condemn NHS computer breakdown

    Opposition MPs have raised serious concerns about the multi-billion pound IT programme for the NHS after it emerged that computer services in 80 NHS hospital trusts are down.

  • Prescription charges come under fire in new select committee report

    NHS charges system 'a mess'

    Charges imposed for prescriptions, sight tests and dentistry on the NHS are a "mess" and must be reviewed if not scrapped altogether, a committee of MPs has warned.

  • Spending watchdog says staff must be more involved in the NHS IT programme

    NHS staff 'must be involved' in IT upgrade

    The government has made "significant progress" in its £20 billion IT programme for the NHS, but its benefits must be better explained to staff, a report warns.

  • 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.

  • Health minister Lord Warner clarifies true cost of NHS IT programme

    NHS computer system 'to cost £20bn'

    The government's new IT system for the NHS is two years behind schedule and could cost up to £20 billion, Lord Warner has admitted.

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