Just had to let a huge! huge Bumble bee out of the Kitchen window, Louis was growling last night we couldnt see why as no one was in the garden and I walked out this morning to the kitchen and he went flat linke and squeezed into the bathroom. I then heard the buzzing he must have had a fight with it to be so frightened all night. I have let it out but Louis wont come out of the bedroom now.
I had a phone call yesterday from the Magazine that I have given the interview to and the lady on the phone wanted to go through the whole story again.
She just couldnt understand How I met Ray at 15 and then stayed married for so long to just one guy.
I said that things were different in our generation that you married for love and you didnt get to the first row and then part. You work through it unlike some people today.
We had been born in wartime life was so different then. More simple.
Anyway she could dish the dirt so she has gone to finish the article and will read it through to me next week.
Talking of dish the dirt we have a smog warning as a huge cloud of dust came over from the Sahara and held emissions down to the ground. We couldnt see the traffic on the Dartford crossing on the news.
The warning issued today says the pollution is due to light easterly winds bringing in pollutants, and allowing those pollutants in the air to remain.
The situation is not helped by the Saharan dust in the atmosphere and settling on cars.
In the areas suffering the most severe – very high – pollution warning adults and children with lung problems, and adults with heart problems are advised to avoid strenuous physical exertion altogether, particularly outdoors.
Healthy people should reduce activity.
Its Scan result day today and Im so frightened s each year passes you seem to get more frightened of the results. Natural really as the egg timer is running out of sand.
Good News was published yesterday regarding Trials
The best way to find out whether a new cancer treatment works is to test it through clinical studies involving cancer patients.
A big part of our work involves running more than 200 clinical trials seeking to bring new, kinder treatments to patients across the UK.
And our ability to run these studies depends on the NHS.
Providing the facilities to recruit participants, and monitor and care for these patients while supporting the staff who run the trial.
But the process of approving research to be run within the NHS can be slow and cumbersome, holding up potentially life-saving trials.
So Monday’s announcement of a £4.5 million Government funding boost to improve the way research is approved in the NHS is fantastic news for patients and researchers across the country.
Ultimately we want it to be as easy as possible to run clinical research studies in the UK.
This includes more opportunities for patients to take part in trials to boost our understanding of cancer and find new ways to treat it.
So what does the Government’s injection of funding mean for research, and more importantly, the patients who could benefit from it?
Breaking down barriers
Obviously, it’s important that there are regulations controlling clinical trials to protect patients.
Regulations also make sure that studies are run according to scientific and ethical standards, and likely to come up with meaningful results.
But at the moment, excessive ‘red tape’ is creating barriers to setting up vital clinical studies in the UK.
In some situations the task of making crucial checks that help a study run smoothly are being duplicated across all the organisations involved in running the research.
For example, if we want to run a study in more than one town or city in the UK (as we usually do) these checks have to be done for every hospital where we want to recruit patients
As a result, trials can be delayed; costs increase and patients can miss out on taking part in research and getting access to the very latest developments in treatment.
It’s clear this situation must change.
Along with other medical research charities we’ve played a major role in shouting about these problems and calling for Government to look at how to improve the system.
And this latest funding boost should provide a push in the right direction.
The updated approach will provide a single assessment for a research study which can then operate in all hospitals in the UK.
Researchers will no longer have to get the green light from every hospital they want to run a study in.
Instead there will be a single seal of approval supporting a study’s robustness and quality that will be recognised across the whole of the UK. This will significantly cut down on duplication of regulatory checks and speed up the process of setting up trials.
And with a streamlined system, more people can take part in clinical trials and new treatments will reach patients quicker than before.
When will it happen?
While we’re happy with this announcement, we know there’s a lot of work still to be done.
Managing change in the NHS, especially on research issues, can be tricky and time consuming. Initially the Health Research Authority (HRA, the body that oversees regulation of research in the NHS) will set up a team to plan and implement the process.
Once these plans are in place, the new system will be rolled out as new applications to do research come in – this is expected to be by the end of 2015 and will be for all studies in England initially. Trials that are already being set up can expect to get moving more quickly, as the HRA is hoping to bring in more general improvements to their systems and processes.
Effective, efficient health research policies and processes aren’t the most obvious thing to think of when it comes to saving lives through research, but they’re an absolutely essential part of the picture.
This move is a big ‘thumbs up’ from the Government in support of clinical research within the NHS.
Recognising the massive impact this measure could have for UK clinical research means that everyone from researchers, to NHS managers and – most importantly patients – will be pushing for it to succeed.
Dan Bridge is a policy manager at Cancer Research UK
Such wonderful changes are happening in the NHS although in other parts , the fundamental running of the NHS is not so good. It does all seem to be in a muddle.
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