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BBC News Online has reported on a study published in Nature, which has revealed breast cancer should be classified as 10 separate diseases. According to the journal, the categories could help improve treatment by allowing tailored drugs to be used according to a patient’s specific type of breast cancer. The international team of scientists looked at frozen breast cancer samples from around 2,000 women at hospitals in the UK and Canada. Cancer Research UK described the findings as a “landmark” and added it would begin using the new criteria in clinical trials if funded.

The creation of health and wellbeing boards (HWBs) marking the return of public health to local authorities is a “seismic shift and a significant opportunity” says the Guardian. However, it highlights there are limits to representation, and that not everyone with a local stake will be able to sit on the new bodies. The report argues while some HWBs will not have district council representation there remains opportunities for districts to be involved, including ensuring limited funds are being spent more efficiently.

The HSJ has reported on a letter issued by the Chairman of Monitor, the independent regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts, who issued a negative assessment of savings acute trusts must be prepared to make over in the coming three years. David Bennett wrote to trust CEOs stating cost improvement plans would have to be delivered “on an even more ambitious scale going forward,” following predictions for saving requirements rose from 4.5% to 5.5% for the next two financial years.



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Patients in the south of England are waiting significantly longer for vital treatment, reports NationalHealthExecutive.com. The study noted that nine of the 10 worst performing commissioning bodies, with respect to the 18-week ‘referral to treatment’ target, were in the south.

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A drug-resistant “Japanese fungus” has been identified in at least 55 hospitals across the UK, reports Telegraph.co.uk. NHS trusts have been ordered to deep-clean all affected areas following over 200 patients confirmed to either be infected with, or carriers of,... Read more

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NHS England has relaxed its position on clinicians using WhatsApp, reports NursingTimes.net. The shift in tone noted that “WhatsApp and other messaging services can provide a useful way for staff to communicate”, however NHS England remain firm that the service... Read more

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The number of patients waiting for planned surgery has now risen above four million for the first time since 2007, reports NationalHealthExecutive.com. This information comes from NHS England’s monthly update on performance for June and July 2017.