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  • London HIV Prevention Programme media contracts announced

    Contracts have been awarded to a group of specialist media agencies (Team Enter, Manning Gottlieb, Carat) as part of the new London HIV Prevention Programme (LHPP) funded by London boroughs.

    21 January 2015 | London Councils
  • Hepatitis C drug delayed by NHS due to high cost

    The NHS is to delay the introduction of a highly expensive drug that can save the lives of people infected with the hepatitis C virus. The move by NHS England is unprecedented, because the NHS rationing body, Nice (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) has approved the drug. Nice says sofosbuvir is cost-effective, because it is a cure for people who would otherwise run up huge NHS bills.

    16 January 2015 | The Guardian
  • Dolutegravir and Truimeq approved in England: London guidelines updated

    On 14 January 2015, NHS England published the long awaited policy on dolutegravir and the fixed dose combination (FDC) of dolutegravir/abacavir/3TC (Triumeq). The London prescribing guidelines for first-line therapy have also been updated to include dolutegravir and Triumeq.

    14 January 2015 | HIV i-Base
  • NAT opposes 50% cut to national HIV prevention funding for England

    The Government has announced that there will be devastating cuts to funding for the national HIV prevention programme in England.  Funding will be halved for the year commencing April 2015 and there is as yet no commitment to fund further years of the programme.  

    15 December 2014 | NAT press release
  • Save Our Service

    The Birmingham Heartlands HIV Service may be under threat as a result of the potential loss of our Sexual Health & GUM service. We need your help!

    12 December 2014 | Birmingham Heartlands HIV Service
  • National HIV Prevention Funding – An essential investment

    The Government is reducing funding for HIV prevention by 50% from 2015. There is no indication that HIV transmission rates in England are reducing and there continue to be major gaps in public understanding of how to prevent HIV. HIV prevention funding must remain at least at current levels.

    12 December 2014 | National AIDS Trust
  • ARV supply issues cause treatment interruptions in a UK clinic

    We have been told of ARV stock-outs that resulted in patients having to interrupt HIV medication due to problems in drug supply. It is difficult to understand why a UK clinic would allow problems to develop to the point that this happened not just once, but several times.

    01 December 2014 | HIV i-Base
  • Practical steps to eliminating hepatitis C: a consensus for London

    The aim of this document is to reinforce the need for urgent leadership from the Department of Health, PHE and NHS England and concerted action from Local Authorities, Health and Wellbeing Boards, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and service providers to improve hepatitis C testing and treatment services in London for people with a history of using drugs – the group most affected by chronic hepatitis C – in order to find and treat significantly more people affected by the disease.

    17 November 2014 | London Joint Working Group on Substance Use and Hepatitis C
  • Addiction services in England: in need of an intervention

    With change comes both opportunity and chaos: an assertion nowhere more true than with England's addiction services. Over the past 5 years, government initiatives to increase cost-effectiveness have opened up bidding for local services to third-party providers. With increased competition, the thinking went, bloated NHS trusts would sharpen their edges and the quality of care would be improved.

    10 November 2014 | The Lancet Psychiatry
  • UK: Funding cuts for drug and alcohol treatment

    Earlier this month (October 2014) Public Health England and the Association of Directors of Public Health published a joint review of drug and alcohol commissioning in England and Wales. This Department of Health funded review was based on a series of interviews with Directors of Public Health (94% of the 152 Upper Tier authorities participated) and Drugscope and looked at current and future commissioning plans for drug and alcohol treatment.

    17 October 2014 | Russell Webster (blog)
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