April in numbers


April in numbers


Almost 14.5 million workers in Europe spend at least 75 per cent of their working time outdoors. According to a report from a group of leading dermatologists, this puts them at increased risk of developing non-melanoma skin cancer. After only five years of outdoor work, the risk of skin cancer has doubled.



There were 6,520 cases of tuberculosis in England in 2014, a rate of 12 cases per 100,000 people, down from the peak of 15.6 cases per 100,000 in 2011. NHS England has allocated £10 million to fund on-going testing and treatment programmes for latent TB infection in new entrants to the UK.



Vaccines wasted through failure in the cold chain in primary care had a list price value of £3.4 million last year. Some waste was due to non-avoidable problems, such as power failure, but most occurred as a result of avoidable incidents. Public Health England has launched an updated vaccines guide.



Scotland has pushed ahead with plans to fund pharmacists in GP surgeries after the government promised an extra £6.6 million for the scheme. This will allow 140 pharmacists to work in practices. The Scottish government has pledged £16.2 million to improve pharmacy-GP collaboration.


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