Clinical News

BMJ Awards 2016

Thursday, 26 November 2015 10:04

The BMJ Awards 2016, in association with MDDUS, recognises and celebrates the inspirational work being carried out by UK doctors and their teams. We are delighted to have an award for gastroenterology team of the year. Share with The BMJ the great work you are carrying out to improve healthcare and make a difference to the lives of patients.

View the complete list of categories and enter today at

Entries close on 22 January 2016.

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HCV Treatment Approaches - Updated Treatment Recommendations

Monday, 16 November 2015 13:27

Following the successful HCV Treatment Recommendations Meeting in Spring there have been significant changes in treatment options and a dramatic change in drug availability. We believe that reviewing and updating the treatment recommendations to take account of the new NICE guidelines as well as recent and future developments will be valuable in ensuring that all patients receive equal access to the new therapies.

We therefore plan to hold a second treatment recommendations meeting on Tuesday January 5 2016 in London. The meeting will run from 12-30 to 16-00 and will be an opportunity to review developments and discuss new management strategies.

Further details will follow shortly but please make a note in your diaries now

GR Foster P. Moss GJ Alexander S. Ryder

Launch of Four Nations Report

Monday, 16 November 2015 11:00

Today has seen the launch of a report from the Universities of Stirling and Sheffield entitled 'Four Nations: How Evidence-based are Alcohol Policies and Programmes Across the UK?'

The landmark report shows UK Government's alcohol policies are weaker than those implemented by the devolved nations. Policies from the UK Government and devolved administrations were reviewed against recommendations from Health First, the independent expert-devised UK alcohol strategy, in the first such audit of its kind. Overall strategy, pricing, marketing and availability of alcohol were amongst the areas examined.

Scotland had the strongest approach overall, seeking to implement the most evidence-based policies, working to clear outcomes, and with a taskforce in place to monitor and evaluate the Scottish Government's alcohol strategy. By contrast, the UK Government did not support the most effective policies, made inconsistent use of evidence, and was the most engaged with the alcohol industry. While Wales and Northern Ireland took strong positions in areas such as taxation and restrictions on young drivers, they have fewer legislative powers than the Scottish Parliament.

The report was co-authored by Dr Niamh Fitzgerald, at the University of Stirling and Colin Angus at the University of Sheffield.

A copy of the report but is also available here: or tel: 020 7255 9832.

Launch of IAS Report 'Dead on Arrival? Evaluating the Public Health Responsibility Deal for Alcohol'

Monday, 09 November 2015 10:42

Today the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) has published a report condemning the Public Health Responsibility Deal for Alcohol, suggesting it has "worsened the health of the nation". Titled Dead on Arrival? Evaluating the Public Health Responsibility Deal for Alcohol, the report's main findings include:

  • The Responsibility Deal is not endorsed by academics or the public health community
  • It has pursued initiatives known to have limited efficacy in reducing alcohol-related harm
  • The evidence on the effectiveness of the Responsibility Deal is limited and unreliable, due to ambiguous goals and poor reporting practices
  • Where evaluation has been possible, implementation has often failed to live up to the letter and/or spirit of the pledges
  • The Responsibility Deal appears to have obstructed more meaningful initiatives with a stronger evidence base behind them

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