UK & Malaysia: Healthcare News Summary (8th July)

Note: A hyperlink is attached in each headlines for further reading of the original news.

Table of Contents:

1. United Kingdom News

2. Malaysia News

1. United Kingdom News

Headline: Coronavirus and cancer – July updates

Date: 7th July 2020

Source: Cancer Research UK

Monthly Visitors: 691,410


  • Cancer Research UK reported on events occurred during the following dates below.

  • 7th July - UK scientists urge PM to prevent catastrophic drop in charity research funding.

  • 6th July - Most children shielding will no longer need to, from 31st July.

  • 1st July - UK Government sets out 'roadmap' to cement UK as a science superpower.

  • Click the link in the title above to read the full article.

Headline: CLEAR UK: lobbying, policy, and the flaws of CBD Novel Foods regulation

Date: 7th July 2020

Source: Health Europa

Monthly Visitors: 222,570


  • CLEAR Cannabis Law Reform speaks to Medical Cannabis Network about lobbying, policy and flaws of CBD Novel Foods regulation.

  • CLEAR Cannabis Law Reform is UK's largest membership-based cannabis policy group, campaigning for legislative reforms on cannabis.

  • CLEAR answers the following questions in the article: - What is the history of CLEAR and its aims? - How far has medical cannabis come in the UK since CLEAR was set up? - What barriers remain for patients in the UK? - Do cannabis taxes and regulations still apply in the UK in 2020? - What is CLEAR's view on CBD as a novel food in Europe? - Do you agree that plant extract should not be regulated as a novel food? - Is better regulation for CBD still required in the UK?

Headline: UK scientists plead with PM for charity partnership fund

Date: 7th July 2020

Source: PharmaTimes

Monthly Visitors: 84,210


  • UK medical research charities call for urgent financial support.

  • There has been a decline of research income due to the pandemic.

  • Above 60 of the UK's top cardiovascular disease and cancer research scientists signed a letter to the PM urging for "swift action".

  • This is regarding the investment in a Life Sciences-Charity Partnership Fund to protect contribution charity-funded biomedical research.

  • Cancer Research UK warns it would be forced to cut £150 million per year.

  • This will causes a delay in discovering new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat diseases (heart attack, stroke & vascular dementia).

  • A proposal is made to the government to address this issue.

  • The proposal is a co-investment scheme for future funding for the next 3 - 5 years (supported by the Association of Medical Research Charities).

Headline: Regulating genomic data in research and healthcare

Date: 6th July 2020

Source: PHG Foundation (University of Cambridge)

Monthly Visitors: 61,680


  • Technological advancements helps make a person's genome more understandable and informative than it was in previous years.

  • Effective regulation on this matter is of high importance.

  • Sharing genetic and genomic data is vital for medical research and care - it helps to underpin medical diagnosis and treatment.

  • But ineffective regulation would reduce public trust and breach of privacy.

  • The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2018 currently forms part of UK law.

  • The GDPR governs the processing of EU citizen's personal data.

  • The introduction of the GDPR raises the question: "how does 'personal data' apply to genomics, and what does the regulation mean for research and healthcare?'

  • A new report, The GDPR and Genomic Data, was created to evaluate when, where and how the GDPR applies.

  • The report also identifies key actions for the genomic community and policy makers regarding data protection.

2. Malaysia News

Headline: Need to invest more in healthcare

Date: 7th July 2020

Source: The Star

Monthly Visitors: 2,966,910


  • In 2018, the National Audit Department revealed Malaysian hospitals are understaffed, overcrowded and underfunded.

  • Malaysian hospitals do not have sufficient equipment to provide proper care.

  • Pakatan Harapan government failed to raise healthcare expenditure to 4% as promised in its election manifesto.

  • Malaysia's public healthcare system was among the best in the world - until Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's great privatisation drive during his time as PM.

  • Since then, healthcare services were monopolised including public service.

  • Malaysian Medical Association reported 3,500 Junior Doctors might not get permanent jobs at government healthcare facilities.

  • The government must work to ensure Malaysia's healthcare infrastructure's efficiency.

Headline: Sunny Side Up: Can online therapy help with Malaysia’s mental health crisis?

Date: 7th July 2020

Source: The Star

Monthly Visitors: 2,966,910


  • Malaysian counselling and psychotherapy seen an increase in telepsychology/online therapy.

  • During the MCO, a study in April showed half of 1,084 respondents reported mental health issues.

  • 22% of respondents experienced severe anxiety (especially women and people under 35 years old).

  • Factors such as: low-cost housing, crowded households, living in isolation have impact on mental health.

  • In June 2020, Health Ministry DG stated that over 1,000 people called the ministry's hotline.

  • 148 counselling officers employed at the Health ministry is significantly insufficient to address the demand for patients seeking help.

  • The ratio of counselling officers in Malaysia is currently 1 : 52,000 people.

  • The ideal ratio should be 1 : 500 people.

Headline: Five new Covid-19 cases, no new deaths

Date: 6th July 2020

Source: The Malaysian Reserve

Monthly Visitors: 184,050


  • Health officials confirmed 5 new COVID-19 cases on 5th July.

  • 2 local infections, 3 imported cases. Cumulative total: 8,663 cases.

  • 2 local infections were detected in: Queen Elizabeth Hospital (Sabah) and a medical centre (Seremban). Both patients were Malaysians.

  • 3 imported infections (2 Malaysians, 1 foreigner who is a permanent resident).

  • Death toll remains unchanged (121 deaths) since 16th June.

  • 4 new recoveries (total recovery count: 8,465).

  • Malaysia has 77 active cases.

  • Officials also announced the end of 2 COVID-19 clusters on 5th July: Gombak and Cheras.

  • Total of 11,049 individuals were screened at KLIA to date. 48 tested positive.

  • Those who were cleared of COVID-19 were required to self-quarantine at home.

  • Total of 771 Malaysian citizens returned home on 4th July.

  • These 771 Malaysians were returning from countries such as: Singapore, Indonesia, United Arab Emirates, Taiwan, Thailand, Qatar, Australia and South Korea.

  • Police checks were performed on 803 home-quarantined-individuals.

  • The government continues to ease restrictions on public life by reopening public pools and social gatherings permitted from 1st July.

  • Schools are expected to fully reopen by 22nd July.

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