Roundup: Pharmaceutical strategy for Europe announced, expansion of paediatric surgery in Malawi and more briefs

PHARMACEUTICAL STRATEGY FOR EUROPE ANNOUNCED

The European Commission has adopted a Pharmaceutical Strategy for Europe to ensure patients have access to innovative and cost-effective medicines in the ever-changing healthcare landscape.

The strategy aims to support the capacity and sustainability of the EU’s pharmaceutical needs in times of crisis, through robust supply chains.

As part of ensuring that the EU’s pharmaceutical policy continues to serve public health through scientific and commercial transformations, it will aim to also support patient-centred innovations and accommodate digital and technological change.  

Amongst the flagship actions of the strategy, the creation of a robust digital infrastructure, including a proposal for a European Health Data Space (target date for a proposal: 2021), was highlighted as an area of focus.

NORTH WEST TRUSTS TO PIONEER NEW APPROACH TO STAFFING

An NHS temporary staffing initiative led by St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS trust, will see the creation of a North West Doctors in Training Collaborative Staff Bank.

The new bank will enable up to 35 trusts in the region to reduce reliance on agencies and instead broadcast shifts to the 5,500 clinical trainees already working within the North West’s network of hospitals. These clinicians will be able