The good and the bad of the NHS reforms

The changes which took place on the 1st April 2013 have been dubbed the ‘most radical’ changes to the NHS so far, as the Government creates a massive 200 new organisations.

In order for primary care to be effective, both the doctor and patient must trust each other. Many would go as far to say that there is a ‘special bond’ between the doctor and patient, and doctors have frequently placed amongst the ‘most trusted professionals’ in recent polls. However, what will happen to this ‘special relationship’ when GPs have control of the budget? On one hand, it could be argued that they will have the best idea about how to spend the budget as they are the ones closest to those who need it. However, some argue that this will damage the ‘special relationship’ between the GP and the patient, and a recent poll held by the British Medical Association showed that over 75% of GPs feared the reform, as there is a possibility that patients could become suspicious if they do not get the prescription they would prefer, in order to save money.

Another of the reforms is to improve the care received by those with chronic conditions. Too often, the care required by these individuals is not available, and patients end up in hospital when they suffer from emergencies. In fact, there are over 15 million people with long-term illnesses in the UK, but caring for them accounts for 70% of the budget spent by health care sectors – a massive chunk! However, over 30% of these hospital admissions are avoidable, and the new reforms are pushing for a network of much more integrated community clinics to help those who need it.

Responsibility for public health will now be passed to the Government, who will now be responsible for promoting stopping smoking, better diets and more physical activities. Public health directors who have previously been working for primary care trusts are now being transferred to local authorities, and whilst the rest of the local government is facing huge cuts, public health directors will be issued a budget of just under 3 billion pounds a year.

One of the most controversial reforms that has possibly caused the most worry to the public is undoubtedly the rise of the private sector. Whilst many have been quick to assume that the private sector will simply pick the most profitable services for themselves, it is believed that these firms will be able to provide better, more efficient services which will drastically drive up standards across the entire sector. What many do not realise, however, is that the private sector is already partially involved in providing NHS care.

However, despite the massive amounts of attention these reforms have attracted, possibly the biggest and most shocking thing is that in the short term particularly, there will be little visible change.

NHS hospital breathalyser AL7000 with professional mouth piece covers

Valuemed and our sub division valuebreathalysers now offer the market leading clinic breathalyser the AL7000 in larger clinic pack options with 250 mouth pieces in either standard or the recommended professional uni-directional valve mouth piece covers.

The AL7000 digital breathalyzer is in our opinion an ideal digital breathalyser for NHS clinics, out-patient and A&E services, Mental Health and drugs and alcohol services.

Robust design, simple to operate and with a clear 4 digit display of blood alcohol levels electronically displayed quickly after a  5 second deep lung breath sample. The AL7000 breathalyser gives the tester clear tonal indicators during sampling and calculation. The display range is from 0.000 to 400mg/100ml (UK drink driving level is 80mg/100ml BAC) The AL7000 digital breathalyser displays Blood Alcohol Levels, (not breath alcohol levels) making the electronic conversion for the tester.

A further great design advantage of the AL7000 breathalyser is the ease with which the sensor module can be changed when the calibration is exhausted. This effectively give purchasers the ability to self service and reset the unit simply by replacing the pre-calibrated sensor module, accessed by a simple cover on the rear of the breathalyser (no screw drivers or tools required) The sensor will require regular exchange in high volume test environments, either when contaninated or on a regular 300 test cycle to ensure high accuracy of +/-0.005%BAC offered by the unit.

Full PPQ details are available for NHS purchasers by return e-mail to trade@adtuk.co.uk further details and full technical specifications of the AL7000 digital breathalyser are available on-line from value-breathalysers.co.uk

NHS Purchasing Medical supplies

A complete online catalogue of medical diagnostics including the diagnostic biotech, together with discount medical equipment such as Littmann stethoscopes, sphygmomanometers, reflex hammers, pen torches etc are available for NHS purchasers, GP’s clinics and research and university purchasers via valuemed.co.uk for professional medical supplies.

Easy to use search features are available on each site. Product availability is live, real time with goods shipping same day office hours up to 5pm for online orders received and accepted. NHS purchase orders are accepted on standard NHS terms, full contact details are available on each site.

Valuemed is operated by parent company Access Diagnostic Tests UK Ltd , an approved suplier with many NHS Trusts and MHT’s of drug screening and other diagnostic tests since 1997

Product PPQ,s are available on Medical Diagnostic products. Full IFU data sheet copy for disposable biotech is also available upon request. Access Diagnostics also offers bulk contract terms on many lines to NHS purchasers.

NHS Purchase orders

NHS purchase orders may be faxed to 01263 732 611 for items required from the Valuemed online catalogue of medical equipment and diagnostic biotechnology products.

Valuemed catalogues incorporate all major divisions of the Access Diagnostic Tests UK Ltd parent company, covering fertility, drug and alcohol testing kits, urinalysis, medical equipment, tumour markets, infectious disease diagnosis and medical consumables.

Many items are available with PPQ data available for immediate return on e-mail enquiries to trade@adtuk.co.uk

NHS discounts are also assigned to bulk NHS items, look for our NHS contract item logo.

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