The NHS as a whole is “at breaking point”, according to Claire Gerada, Chairwoman of the Royal College of General Practitioners – and pressure on GPs is already too high.
The NHS target of starting all clinical drug trials within 70 days of approval will “take a little time” to become the norm, according to Health Minister Earl Howe.
A survey by the NHS Confederation shows that 70% of the heads of NHS organisations believe access to care is deteriorating.
Monitor, the health regulator, has launched an investigation to find out how many NHS walk-in centres have been closed down since opening in 2008.
UK GPs have voted against taking back responsibility for out of hours medical care, as proposed by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
The number of GPs in England will rise by 400 over the next two years, according to the Government’s mandate for Health Education England (HEE).
The challenge of dementia treatment requires a major research collaboration between the NHS, academic science and the pharmaceutical industry, the Government has said.
Janssen Healthcare Innovation has partnered with the NHS to launch stage two of the first NHS Innovation Challenge Prize for Dementia.
The public money spent on stockpiling the antiviral Tamiflu (oseltamivir) in 2009 has been described as “extremely worrying” by MP Margaret Hodge.
NHS service contracts for independent health providers are increasing faster than their private income, according to health economic analysts.