Five million patients in England are being asked for their views on how to improve family doctor services in a survey launched by the Government this week. Results from the national survey will be used to drive changes to GP services and to reward GPs who provide fast, convenient services.
- NHS Ealing is rolling out an awareness campaign to encourage sexually active under-25s to take a chlamydia test. Experiential agency Don't Panic has been brought on board to handle the campaign. Free testing kits will be given out in selected pubs and clubs in central Ealing, Greenford and Northolt, where few young people have been tested.
- The European Commission has announced proposals to allow more information to be provided to patients. It is proposed that the pharmaceutical industry should be permitted to publish non-promotional product information in health-related publications or on the internet. Authorities in each country would be responsible for monitoring this information to ensure it does not lead to direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription medicine.