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The needle and the damage done

As deaths from drug overdoses rocket, Mike Shallcross asks if it's time for a bolder approach to this public health emergency

Thinking again about assisted dying

This week Parliament entered the debate on assisted dying, with many MPs arguing for a change in the current law. IN Editor Mike Shallcross explains why he believes it's time for a rethink

Dental care – a fundamental human right?

Good oral health should be seen as a fundamental human right; it is inseparable from a person’s general health and wellbeing. Nurses are ideally placed in making every contact count, particularly with regards to oral health, argues Ian Peate

Roald Dahl Nurses: making a difference and measuring it

Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity is working in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University on an evaluation project to demonstrate the value and impact of Roald Dahl Specialist Children’s Nurse posts. Project manager Candice Pellet gives us a progress report

The end of HIV, and what it teaches us

An observational study of 1000 gay couples in the Lancet showed that HIV-positive patients treated with antiretroviral therapy (ART), reduced their risk of passing the virus on to zero. Is this the end of AIDS?

Where the Long-Term Plan comes up short

There is nothing governments like more than a long-term plan for the NHS, there have been 13 in the last 18 years alone. The changing health landscape, funding pressures and the political class’s failure to build cross-party consensus around health, make the NHS catnip for tinkerers.

It's time to take Brexit seriously, and stop it

If people had the right to vote on a fantasy version of leaving the EU, then they should be allowed a long hard look at the impending reality. The People’s Vote is not a perfect cure for Brexit’s madness, but it’s undoubtedly the best we have.

The start of the NHS V2.0?

There are some reasons for optimism that new Health Secretary Matt Hancock wants to shift the NHS towards primary and community health in a new focus on preventative measures.

A bittersweet birthday for the MMR Jab

It is now 50 years since the measles vaccine was introduced in the UK, and 30 since the combined measles mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine came on stream. It is estimated that 20 million measles cases and 4,500 deaths have been prevented since 1968. But that success story is under threat.

Pressure ulcer prevention: what’s missing?

Despite substantial efforts to eradicate them, an estimated 200,000 pressure ulcers are experienced by patients each year at an estimated cost to the NHS of £1.4 million each day, not to mention the human impact they have on patients.

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