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HPV vaccines, Amazon Alexa and Tory Leadership contest

HPV vaccines, Amazon Alexa and Tory Leadership contest

15th July 2019

Good afternoon,

In the world of health policy and all things health happening, Public Health England have released a statement entailing how from September 2019, NHS England will expand the Human Papilloma Virus vaccination to include boys in year 8 of secondary school. This is in hopes of preventing up to 64,138 HPV related cervical cancers and 49,649 other HPV related cancers, based on modelling carried out by Warwick University.

In digital health, NHS have announced a partnership with Amazon Alexa whereby people will be able to receive free healthcare advice from the voice assisted technology device. Some pressure groups have voiced criticism over privacy and data protection. Similarly, though a main output of Alexa is to reduce pressure on healthcare services, chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners, Professor Helen Stoke-Lampard strongly advises that thorough research must be carried out to ensure factual medical information is being shared and distributed.

The Tory leadership race is also beckoning to a close with just over a week to go. It is expected that the new Prime Minister will be announced on the 23rd July, and Theresa May will leave her post following her final Prime Minister’s Question Time on the 24th July. As we get ready to welcome a new government, Richard Murray, CEO of the King’s Fund and APHG advisor imparts some words of advice to the incoming Prime Minister, in the form of an open letter. He discusses the importance of reforming adult social care as a top priority, alongside increasing local authority funding in the next Spending Review. He stresses the importance of reversing public health funding cuts as these are integral to the successful implementation of the Long Term Plan.

Regarding the upcoming Brexit deadline of 31st October, Mr Murray share the importance of making sure that NHS Services are appropriately equipped in the event of a no-deal Brexit. To reduce the ongoing staff pressures, the open letter asks the new Prime Minister to ensure that he will support an immigration system that will meet the needs of health and social care, and this can be achieved by including the recommendations of the Migration Advisory Committee.

Health Project Coordiantor - Marjan Jamalmarjan.jamal@policyconnect.org.uk