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UK government halves the budget of HIV prevention programme for England

The Department of Health’s funding for HIV Prevention England, the national HIV prevention programme in England, will be cut by 50% from April 2015. This will have

Published
16 December 2014
By
Roger Pebody
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.  

Published
15 December 2014
From
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!

Published
12 December 2014
From
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.

Published
12 December 2014
From
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.

Published
01 December 2014
From
HIV i-Base
NHS urgently needs to make PrEP available, say HIV prevention organisations

A group of community organisations working on HIV prevention have called for the NHS to speed up its processes and make pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) available to those

Published
25 November 2014
By
Roger Pebody
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.

Published
17 November 2014
From
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.

Published
10 November 2014
From
The Lancet Psychiatry
Generic antiretrovirals could save NHS £1.25 billion over 5 years, study finds

Switching all patients taking antiretrovirals in the United Kingdom to generic versions of the drugs they are taking, if available, would save around £1.25 billion between 2015 and

Published
04 November 2014
By
Michael Carter
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.

Published
17 October 2014
From
Russell Webster (blog)
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