Friday Five

Fall in vaccinations, progress for digital health and state-run pharma…? This week’s Friday Five

Pharma shoots down labour’s plans to cut drug prices Labour’s promise to “take on pharmaceutical companies” which “deny life-saving and life-changing medicines to ill patients by charging extortionate prices” has been disputed by many representatives in pharma. At the party’s annual conference in Brighton this week, Jeremy Corbyn announced plans to “redesign the system to…

Friday Five

Robotics, microbiomes and global warming – this week’s Friday Five

High rates of substandard care homes New research released by IPPR, found 23% of the 456,000 care home beds are in settings rated ‘inadequate’ or ‘requiring improvement’ by the Care Quality Commission. This means that good homes in areas with a high rate of substandard care homes are over-subscribed. In Newham, London and Manchester at…

Opinion

The 4 P’s of marketing reimagined for the NHS

By Rachel Allan, Delivery Director, ZPB Associates Some years ago, when I worked in central government, a newly-fledged civil servant who had joined from the private sector complained to me that success in her role alluded her. There were no sales figures or shareholders. Instead, she was grappling with the mystery of public service. To…

Friday Five

Investments in health tech – this week’s Friday Five

UK still behind in cancer survival despite recent improvements A major study published in Lancet Oncology has shown that cancer survival rates in the UK have improved markedly over recent decades but still lag behind those of other high-income countries. The study looked at one-year and five-year survival rates of cancer patients in Australia, Canada,…