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Policy update, March 2018

Your monthly round-up of national health policy developments for 10 February 2018 to 9 March 2018

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The Nuffield Trust and The King’s Fund have analysed the British Social Attitudes Survey and revealed that public satisfaction with the NHS has dropped to 57%. The four main reasons people gave for being satisfied with the NHS were: quality of care, the fact that the NHS is free at the point of use, the attitudes and behaviour of NHS staff, and the range of services and treatments available. Whilst the found main reasons that people gave for being dissatisfied were: staff shortages, long waiting times, lack of funding and government reforms.


The Chief Medical Officer’s (CMO) annual report for 2017 has been published, examining the health impacts of pollution. In the report, Professor Dame Sally Davies calls for tougher standards on air pollution and expresses concerns at how little is known about the health impacts of common pollutants present in the environment.



NHS Digital has released the latest FGM Enhanced dataset from October 2017 to December 2017. The data set shows that between October and December 2017 there were 1,760 attendances reported at NHS trusts and GP practices where FGM was identified or a procedure for FGM was undertaken.



The National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT) have produced a new online training module, E-cigarettes: a guide for healthcare professionals. This includes the latest evidence and recommendations for practice, building on Public Health England’s (PHE) e-cigarettes report.


The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has produced guidance for all healthcare professions in England and Wales on care in surrogacy.



Consultations and opportunities

The Home Office (HO) and the Department of Justice (DoJ) have launched on transforming the response to domestic abuse. The consultation runs until 31 May 2018 and has questions under four main themes with the central aim of prevention running through each:

  • Promote awareness – to put domestic abuse at the top of everyone’s agenda, and raise public and professionals’ awareness.
  • Protect and support – to enhance the safety of victims and the support that they receive.
  • Pursue and deter – to provide an effective response to perpetrators from initial agency response through to conviction and management of offenders, including rehabilitation.
  • Improve Performance – to drive consistency and better performance in the response to domestic abuse across all local areas, agencies and sectors.