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.

Commissioners set for NHS ‘demolition’

CCG leaders must become “demolition experts”, dismantling old services and commissioning new ones, the Chairman of the NHS Alliance has said.

Liver disease is a public health priority

Urgent action by public health authorities is needed to address the rising prevalence of liver disease in England, the Chief Medical Officer has said.

Easton: Private challenge ‘too good to miss’

Jim Easton has formally stepped down from his role as National Director: Transformation at the NHS Commissioning Board and National Director for Improvement and Efficiency at the DH.

NHS CB gets £1.8bn for public health commissioning

The NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB) has been given £1.8bn to commission certain public health services by the Department of Health as part of a new agreement.

Trusts launch medicines waste campaign

A host of NHS trusts across south east London have launched a new medicines management campaign to combat widespread drug waste and treatments being misused or taken incorrectly.

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