Health Service Circular

Health Service Circular

A formal communication, often with a quasi-legislative overtone, which is sent by the UK Department of Health primarily to NHS chief executives, and usually requires significant or urgent specific action. HSCs may be issued jointly with a local authority circular if the topic is relevant to a combined health and local authority audience.

Examples
National guidance on the safe administration of intrathecal chemotherapy (2008); Safe and appropriate use of blood (2007).
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[7.] Health Service Circular. Reducing mother to baby transmission of HIV.
Department of Health (2007) Health Service Circular 2007/001: Better Blood Transfusion--Safe and Appropriate Use of Blood
Department of Health 2007 Health Service Circular 2007/001: Better Blood Transfusion Safe and Appropriate Use of Blood Available from: ww.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics /Lettersandcirculars/Healthservicecirculars/DH_ 080613?IdcService=GET_FILE&dID=154794&Ren dition=Web [Accessed August 2008]
For the health service circular The Public Disclosure of Information Act 1998: whistle-blowing in the NHS (HSC 1999/198), please see: www.dh.gov.uk/en/PublicationsAndStatistics/LettersAndCirculars/ HealthServiceCirculars/DH*4004385
The judge gave Viagra's manufacturer, Pfizer, leave to pursue a damages claim for loss of profit from the time the health service circular containing the guidance was sent out.
Mr Justice Collins ruled that Health Secretary Frank Dobson's interim advice to doctors in a health service circular last September to limit prescriptions of the drug unlawfully interfered with a GP's duty to exercise professional judgment on whether patients should receive it.
In 2000 the NHS Executive published Health Service Circular 2000/032 which stated that all NHS trusts should be putting systems in place to enable the tracing of instruments to patients on whom they were used by March 2002 (NHS Executive 2000).
When Viagra was given a UK licence, Mr Dobson did not use any of these three options, but instead sent doctors a Health Service circular telling them not to issue NHS prescriptions for the drug.
The aim of the framework is to ensure that transfusion practice in the primary care setting meets all the requirements recommended in the health service circulars, (14,15) national guidelines and the Serious Hazards of Transfusion annual reports.

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