An election year in the UK.
H1N1 influenza gives significant trouble in the UK. A guideline remains at http://www.hpa.org.uk/Topics/InfectiousDiseases/InfectionsAZ/SeasonalInfluenza/Guidelines/ and the CMO has written. Consider the diagnosis, test if it may be the case, treat with antivirals. Thus far the department of health has managed not to meet the problem by abandoning tested and working prescription arrangements and inventing a wholly new system.
Major USA healthcare reform is enabled by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and its amendment the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 of 30th March.
There is more tuberculosis in Britain than there was for a while. Much of the increase is from migration. In Devon people are no longer routinely immunised against Tb, although badgers are to be.
The UK Health Protection Agency says London and the West Midlands continue to have the highest incidence. HPA shows 9,153 cases of TB reported in the UK last year, an increase of some 5.5 per cent on 2008, when 8,679 cases were reported. Of these cases 3,476 were in London and 1,035 in the West Midlands region.
The World Health Organisation warns about drug-resistant TB. In some countries this affects as many as 25 per cent of patients.
- The UK government announces £20M funding for care of the Thalidomiders (the term preferred for themselves by the people affected by the Thalidomide disaster which led to better surveillance of drugs and adverse drug reactions.
- The NHS looks set to be a political football in the coming British election. This is probably the thing least needed for healthcare.