RCGP Policy Watch
Friday 15 May 2015
Election 2015: Prime Minister and ministerial appointments (Downing Street)
Prime Minister David Cameron announced his ministerial appointments following the 2015 general election. Jeremy Hunt was reappointed as Secretary of State, while Jane Ellison continued as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State. Alistair Burt was announced as the new Care and Support Minister, and Ben Gummer and George Freeman became Junior Ministers. David Prior was also appointed as a Junior Minister, having been made a life peer and resigned from his position as Chair of the CQC.
Managing medicines for people receiving social care in the community (NICE)
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence launched a consultation on the draft scope of its guidelines on managing medicines for people receiving social care. The guidelines will be used by health professionals providing social care, such as GPs and pharmacists, as well as commissioners of social care. The consultation will close on the 15th June, with plan to publish the guidelines in April 2017.
Choosing Wisely (AMRC)
The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges launched its new campaign to change the way medicine and treatments are prescribed, with a publication of a paper in the British Medical Journal. The campaign ‘Choosing Wisely’ aims to stop the over-medicating of illnesses by encouraging doctors not to prescribe antipsychotics as a first choice for dementia, and moving the treatment of upper-respiratory infections away from antibiotics.
Jim O’Neill sets out plan to overhaul the global antibiotics pipeline (AMR)
A report by the Review of Antimicrobial Resistance outlined plans to renovate the global antibiotics pipeline in the next decade, in order to tackle the growing problem of antibiotic resistance. The report recommended three targeted interventions, including payments to successful drug developers and the creation of a $2 billion fund to improve funding at the early stage research.