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  • This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on diseases. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs. Material is also available on communicable diseases.

    Commons Briefing Papers

    28.10.2016Medicine statistics: GP prescribing by constituency, 2015
    Prescribing rates for medicines and drugs vary substantially across the country. These rates provide a useful measure of the burden of illness and disease across the country. This briefing provides 2015 data on prescriptions by GPs in the UK, with local-area data for individual drugs covering each constituency in England.
    14.10.2016Dementia: policy, services and statistics overview
    This briefing examines policies in England to improve dementia diagnosis, care, support and research. Health is a devolved matter, and the note also briefly outlines dementia strategies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It also provides statistics on rates of dementia, including data for each English Parliamentary constituency.
    11.08.2016Legal claims for pleural plaques
    This Commons Library briefing explains why those in England and Wales with pleural plaques are not entitled to compensation whilst in Scotland and Northern Ireland those with the condition are able to claim damages.
    13.07.2016Sources of Statistics: Health
    This introductory guide provides sources of statistics on UK public health services.
    22.04.2016Autism - overview of UK policy and services
    House of Commons Library briefing on autism.
    22.04.2016Meningitis B vaccination
    A petition to call on the Government to extend the programme of Meningitis B vaccination to all children, at least up to the age of 11, has received over 820,000 signatures. The Petitions and Health Committees have held evidence sessions, hearing from affected families, medical professionals and the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation. A debate on this e-petition has been tabled in Westminster Hall on 25 April 2016.
    02.02.2016Obesity Statistics
    24% of adults in England are obese. A further 36% are overweight. This briefing provides statistics on the obesity among adults and children in the UK, along with data on prescriptions, surgery, and international comparisons.
    11.01.2016Health and Safety Statistics
    Statistics on Health and Safety in the United Kingdom. Information on fatalities, accidents and illnesses by occupation, industry, region and country. Also includes international comparisons.
    30.09.2015Cancer Statistics: In Brief
    How have cancer incidence, mortality and survival rates in the UK changed? What are the most common cancers? How does the UK compare internationally? This short briefing paper provides a brief primer.
    30.09.2015Cancer Statistics: In Detail
    How has the prevalence of cancer in the UK changed over time? How does it vary between different UK countries and regions? Which cancers are most common? How do mortality rates vary by age and location? How do survival rates vary between cancers?

    Lords Library Notes

    07.09.2016Tackling Drug-Resistant Infections Globally
    This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared for the debate in the House of Lords on the final report of the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, Tackling Drug-resistant Infections Globally: Final Report and Recommendations, scheduled for 15 September 2016.
    26.11.2012Debate on 29 November: Diabetic Services
    This Library Note looks at the government's strategy on diabetes services and care, and at the implementation of the strategy. In particular, it summarises the National Service Framework on Diabetes and reviews of the operation of the Framework, before presenting statistical evidence on the implementation of adult diabetes services in England.


    16.08.2016New Drugs for Dementia
    A POSTnote outlining the challenges in developing new drugs to treat dementia, and an overview of UK and international research activities to accelerate progress.
    09.08.2016Electronic Cigarettes
    This POSTnote updates POSTnote 455 (January 2014), summarising the latest data on scale of use, safety and quality of electronic cigarettes, and their value as a stop smoking tool. It also explores the implications of the new EU Tobacco Products Directive and regulatory approaches in the UK.
    20.06.2016Sugar and Public Health
    This POSTnote summarises the health risks associated with eating a diet high in sugar and outlines the policy options that might best enable people to limit their sugar consumption.
    27.05.2016Infant Mortality and Stillbirth in the UK
    A POSTnote which reviews recent data on stillbirth and infant mortality rates in the UK and examines the factors contributing to increased risk. It then looks at the policy options that may help to improve health outcomes for infants and their families.
    20.04.2016Access to Water and Sanitation
    This briefing discusses the challenge of increasing access to water and sanitation in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
    10.09.2015The 100,000 Genomes Project
    This POSTnote provides an introduction to genomic medicine and an overview of the aims, structure and major challenges of the 100,000 Genomes Project.

    Select Committee Reports

    18.01.2010Young people's sexual health: the national chlamydia screening programme.
    Public Accounts Committee report [Commons]
    24.11.2009Progress on the implementation of DFID's HIV/AIDS strategy.
    International Development Select Committee report [Commons]
    15.10.2009Patient safety.
    Government response. Department of Health; Care Quality Commission; Monitor; Health Select Committee report [Commons]
    13.10.2009Patient safety.
    Government response. Department of Health report [Commons]
    18.06.2009Patient safety.
    Health Select Committee report [Commons]

    Early Day Motions

    That this House notes with serious concern that the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued draft guidance for the use of the drug abiraterone, a life ...
    That this House expresses concern over recent instances of severe allergic reactions caused by para-phenylenediamine (PPD) used in temporary tattoos and hair dye products; further expresses ...
    That this House notes with alarm that up to 24,000 people with diabetes die in England each year from causes that could have been avoided according to NHS figures published this month; ...
    14.12.2011DIABETES UK
    That this House notes the recent Diabetes UK Report which found that up to 24,000 people with diabetes in England die earlier from causes that could have been avoided through better ...
    That this House congratulates the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) on its recent hosting of the Global Diabetes Forum in Dubai; welcomes the work of the IDF in bringing together ...


    • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
    • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
    • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
    • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
    • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses