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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Aspects of blood conservation are covered, with an outline of the factors affecting the blood supply, including drivers such as Health Service Circular Better Blood Transfusion--Safe and Appropriate Use of Blood 1.
Department of Health (2007) Health Service Circular 2007/001: Better Blood Transfusion--Safe and Appropriate Use of Blood
After the 1998 Act came into being, an NHS Executive health service circular titled Whistle-blowing in the NHS--HSC 1999/1998--was issued, setting out its main points (see Box 1).
For the health service circular The Public Disclosure of Information Act 1998: whistle-blowing in the NHS (HSC 1999/198), please see: www.
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).
NHS Executive 2000 Health Service Circular 2000/032 London, DH
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.

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