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    • Commons Briefing papers: 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.
    • Lords Library Notes: 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.
    • POSTbriefs: Responsive policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on mini-literature reviews and peer review, typically commissioned by select committees and library research services.
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Uptake of Vaccinations and Health Screening Services
Published Wednesday, May 8, 2019 | Lords Briefing packs LBP-2019-0051
This House of Lords Library Briefing Pack contains a selection of material relevant for the forthcoming question for short debate on what plans Her Majesty’s Government have to promote the uptake of vaccinations and health screening services.
Reservoirs of Antimicrobial Resistance
Published Tuesday, February 19, 2019 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0595
The widespread use of antimicrobials, particularly antibiotics, has accelerated the spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in microbes. A recent report by the Health and Social Care Committee called for AMR to be a ‘top five policy priority’. This POSTnote evaluates the main reservoirs of AMR microbes arising from the use of antimicrobials in both humans and animals.
NHS England Long Term Plan
Published Friday, January 25, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0010
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place on 31 January 2019 in the House of Lords on the motion moved by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath (Labour) “that this House takes note of the NHS Long Term Plan, published on 7 January, and the case for a fully funded, comprehensive and integrated health and care system which implements parity of esteem, preventative health and standards set out in the NHS Constitution”.
Relationships and Sex Education
Published Monday, June 25, 2018 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0576
Teaching about relationships and sex in UK schools often focuses on the biology of reproduction. Stakeholders have called for lessons to cover a broader range of issues, such as healthy relationships and the risks posed by using digital technology. The subject Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) will become statutory in all secondary schools in England in the near future. There is ongoing consultation into what will be included in the statutory guidance for RSE. This POSTnote reviews evidence on the potential outcomes of RSE in schools and how to maximise its effectiveness.
Elimination of hepatitis C
Published Monday, June 11, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0142
A Westminster Hall debate will take place on 12 June 2018 on the Elimination of hepatitis C. David Amess MP will lead the debate.
Case for HPV vaccination for boys
Published Tuesday, May 1, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0106
MPs will debate the Case for HPV vaccination for boys on Wednesday 2 May 2018 in Westminster Hall between 9.30 and 11.00 am. The debate will be led by Sir Roger Gale.
World Cancer Day: 2018
Published Tuesday, January 30, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0013
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information on World Cancer Day, marked on 4 February each year.
Antimicrobial resistance
Published Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8141
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a significant and increasing threat to public health globally. It is estimated that in the US and Europe alone, antimicrobial-resistant infections currently cause at least 50,000 deaths per year with hundreds of thousands more dying in other areas of the world.
Hepatitis C: Statistics and Developments
Published Friday, June 23, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0033
This House of Lords Library briefing provides a summary of recent statistics and developments in tackling the spread of hepatitis C virus in the UK, and globally.
World AIDS Day, 1 December 2016
Published Wednesday, November 30, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0066
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on current progress towards the UN General Assembly-mandated effort to ‘end AIDS by 2030’.
Reform of support arrangements for people infected with contaminated blood
Published Monday, April 11, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0077
This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate in the Commons Chamber on Tuesday 12 April 2016 on reform of support arrangements for people infected with contaminated blood.
Tackling HIV in women and girls
Published Monday, April 11, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0078
This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 12 April 2016 at 2.30pm on Tackling HIV in women and girls. The Member in charge is Mike Freer MP
Childhood Vaccination Programme
Published Thursday, September 24, 2015 | POSTbriefs POST-PB-0013
A short paper describing recent changes to the national childhood immunisation programme.
Surveillance of infectious disease
Published Wednesday, March 26, 2014 | POSTnotes POST-PN-462
This briefing describes current surveillance efforts and examines new technological developments and their likely impacts on UK and international public health.
HIV and AIDS statistics: UK
Published Thursday, October 25, 2012 | Commons Briefing papers SN02210
HIV and AIDS statistics: UK. By Rachael Harker. SN/SG/2210. This note summarises recent statistics on Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and also includes a POSTBOX on HIV Infection and Treatment. Section 1 describes how the numbers of those diagnosed with and those dying from HIV/AIDS in the UK have changed over time. The characteristics that put people most at risk of HIV are considered in Sections 2 and the manner and place in which individuals with HIV acquire their infection in examined in Section 3. The general prevalence of HIV, and levels of awareness of infection, are examined in Section 4. International statistics on HIV and AIDS are briefly considered in Section 5, while Section 6 looks at public knowledge and attitudes to the disease.
Drug Resistant Tuberculosis
Published Monday, July 16, 2012 | POSTnotes POST-PN-416
This note examines the extent of, and risks posed by, drug-resistant TB.
HIV and Hepatitis C infection from contaminated blood and blood products
Published Wednesday, July 13, 2011 | Commons Briefing papers SN05698
This Note summarises the background and current areas of debate relating to an episode of HIV and Hepatitis C infection from contaminated blood and blood products during the 1970s and 1980s. This includes existing support for those affected, the recommendations of an independent inquiry on this matter (the Archer Inquiry), and ongoing debate relating to levels of support in comparison with other countries.

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