NHS England has secured a new deal which means that children with peanut allergies in the UK will be the first to receive a groundbreaking new treatment.
The oral treatment – named Palforzia – decreases the severity of symptoms brought on by peanut allergies, including the potentially life-threatening allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis, and will soon be available to up to 600 children aged four to 17 the first year, and 2,000 the following year, thanks to the new deal.
The deal has been secured after Evelina London Children’s Hospital took part in two large peanut allergy trials – the Palisade and Artemis studies.
Both trials are said to have transformed the lives of some of its participants.
“This pioneering treatment can be life-changing for patients and their families and, thanks to the deal the NHS has struck, people here will be the first in Europe to benefit,” explained NHS Medical Director, Professor Stephen Powis.
“It will reduce the fear and anxiety for patients and their families who may have been living with this allergy for years.
“And carrying around emergency medication just in case.
“They should be able to enjoy meals out or holidays abroad together without worrying about an allergic reaction that could land them in hospital or worse.”
In the UK, peanut allergies are currently said to affect one in 50 children.
The Artemis study, in particular, found that around six in 10 of the participants aged four to 17, who reacted to around 10mg of peanut protein at the start of the trial, were able to take a dose of 1,000mg by the end, which is well above the amount of accidental exposure.
As mentionted, around 600 children aged four to 17 are expected to be treated with Palforzia this year, and the after that, some 2,000 children will be treated a year.
Professor George du Toit – Children’s Allergy Consultant at Evelina London – was senior investigator for the UK for both of the trials, and has called the rollout of the treatment “great news” for children and young people with peanut allergies.
“This will make a huge impact to the everyday lives of our patients and their families,” he added.
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Salford police officer sacked for ‘depraved’ relationship with vulnerable woman
A police officer has been sacked after carrying out an ‘improper relationship’ with a crime victim.
Paul Banks, who worked as a PC in Salford, has been dismissed and barred after a Gross Misconduct Hearing on 24 and 25 January 2023.
In the hearing, a panel heard how Banks had advised a vulnerable woman to create an email account – which he then accessed to view images and videos, some of which were explicit, that she had uploaded.
He viewed the content more than 200 times and never reported them to his manager or the force’s Professional Standards Branch.
In the end, his own colleagues sensed that something was amiss and raised the alarm.
GMP has now slammed Banks’s ‘depraved behaviour’ and stressed that ‘there will never be a place in GMP for anybody who behaves like him’.
A statement also said that he ‘abused his position of trust’.
Detective Chief Superintendent Michael Allen, head of GMP’s Professional Standards Branch, said: “Banks knew full well that his conduct was egregiously wrong.
“By cultivating an improper relationship with a vulnerable member of the public who he met in the course of his policing duties, the officer has been deservedly sacked from GMP.
“Not only has he disgraced himself, but his depraved behaviour dishonours policing and undermines the principled endeavours of his colleagues, who everyday do a valiant job catching criminals and protecting our communities.
“Indeed, it was Banks’ own colleagues who sensed something was amiss and triggered the first step in a process that rooted him out.
“The prudence of his colleagues is to be commended and I am grateful to the IOPC for conducting an investigation that left no stone unturned.
“No decent member of the police service wants to work with the likes of Banks and there will never be a place in GMP for anybody who behaves like him.
“He abused his position of trust and for that the Office of Constable has been rightly stripped from him.
“GMP is a better force without Banks and we will recruit a new officer into his post who will discharge their duties with honour and espouse the professional and compassionate values of the GMP workforce.”
Banks, who had been on restricted since the investigation began in December 2020, was dismissed without notice.