Public health budget reform means cuts in deprived areas

The Government’s reform of public health funding means that the deepest spending cuts are occurring in the most deprived areas.

New integrated care centre launched in Somerset

A new integrated care centre offering primary and secondary care, both NHS and private, to up to 30,000 patients has opened in Frome, Somerset.

UK private health providers are liable to quit

The major private companies that provide NHS services are financially unstable and liable to pull out of their contracts.

NHS to enforce generic prescribing

The NHS Commissioning Board has identified the enforcement of generic prescribing as one of its key priorities for 2013.

NICE guidance seeks to end postcode lottery

New NICE guidance for local formularies requires them to include NICE-approved medicines within 90 days, and not to repeat or challenge NICE appraisals.

NICE and CQC chair appointments confirmed

The new chairs of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have been confirmed.

Wave 1 CCGs get green light

The NHS Commissioning Board has authorised the first wave of CCGs to take control of the NHS budget to fund healthcare services for their communities.

UK launches genetic database for drug discovery

The NHS will build a database of 100,000 human genomes to assist the development of new therapies for cancer and rare genetic diseases.

QIPP versus NICE – the war goes on

QIPP is trumping NICE as the driver of local prescribing decisions, with price ranked above value, the parliamentary Health Select Committee has been told.

Austerity is damaging care, says CQC

The quality of care in England’s hospitals and nursing homes is suffering due to poor staffing levels and pressure on resources.

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