Sexual health in UK is worsening

Funding pressures on sexual health services are driving an increase in sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unplanned pregnancies, a new report warns.

Mid Staffs report emphasises ‘transparency’

The public enquiry report on preventable deaths at Stafford General Hospital has placed emphasis on improving the ‘transparency’ and regulation of the NHS.

Local providers key for health and wellbeing boards

Health and wellbeing boards (HWBs) across the country will have to work closely with local providers of health and care services if they are to be successful, a new report warns.

Lords bill aims to restore Health Secretary’s duty to provide NHS

A new House of Lords bill aims to restore the legal duty of the Health Secretary to “secure provision” of NHS services.

DH plans rollout of personal health budgets

The Department of Health has outlined plans to make personal health budgets (PHBs) available to the 56,000 people receiving NHS continuing healthcare from April 2014.

QALY drug appraisal system found invalid

The Quality Adjusted Life Years (QALY) system for deciding which drugs should be available on the NHS is worthless, according to a European Commission report.

Board authorises second wave CCGs

The NHS Commissioning Board has authorised a further 67 clinical commissioning groups to take on local responsibilities for healthcare budgets and services.

UK to launch first shingles vaccination programme in Europe

The UK is launching the first national shingles immunisation programme in the EU.

UK Science Minister promoted AZ drug to NHS

UK Science Minister David Willetts intervened with NHS leaders to promote AstraZeneca’s anticoagulant Brilique (ticagrelor).

CQC warns of dangerously under-staffed NHS providers

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has warned 26 NHS provider organisations that they are not employing and training enough staff to operate safely.

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