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The Department of Health is proposing changes to the Health Act to “reduce burdens” on CCGs and ease the process of joint commissioning.

Dr Foster report questions operation and mortality rates

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NHS Pension Scheme opened up to private sector

Private companies are to gain access to the NHS Pension Scheme as the government seeks to ‘level the playing field’.

CQC to include GPs on every inspection

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A recent survey by the British HIV Association (BHIVA) raised concerns over the standard of HIV care and the impact that NHS reorganisation is having on the services and treatment available to those with HIV.
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UK Rare Diseases Strategy promises to upgrade R&D and treatment

The UK’s first national strategy for the treatment of rare diseases promises individual care plans, specialised clinical centres and a boost to genomic research.
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Austerity is blinding UK patients

Patients are losing their sight because NHS eye clinics are “shamefully” understaffed and lack the capacity to meet increasing patient needs, according to the RNIB.
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Under new laws, doctors and nurses who “wilfully neglect” patients could face prison.

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