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NHS cost-cutting is avoiding service redesign

The ‘Nicholson challenge’ of NHS cost-cutting is being met through “short-term fixes” that block service redesign, according to the Commons Health Select Committee.
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NICE will have key role in value-based pricing

NICE will be responsible for assessing the value of medicines in the new value-based pricing (VBP) system to be implemented in 2014.
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NHS CB completes CCG authorisation

The NHS CB has completed its authorisation process for the 211 CCGs across England after finalising the fourth and final wave of commissioning groups.
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CCG corruption fears prompt calls for regulation

Evidence of widespread conflicts of interest among NHS commissioners has prompted calls from the BMA and the Labour Party for tighter regulation.
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Councils the key to sexual health, Government says

Local councils need to do more to cut sexually transmitted infections and reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies to improve levels of sexual health, the Government has said.
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Fox aims gun at the NHS

The Government should impose a public spending freeze, including the NHS, in order to fund major tax cuts, according to Tory backbencher Dr Liam Fox.
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NHS Confederation calls for investment in community care

The focus of NHS investment needs to shift from large acute hospitals to community and home-based services, according to the NHS Confederation.
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Government backs down on NHS competition law

The Department of Health has agreed to withdraw and revise the current secondary legislation on competition in NHS commissioning.
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Mid Staffs goes into administration

Monitor has placed Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust under administration, saying it cannot be sustained in its current form.
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No dose for the dose – a warning

The lack of new antibiotics is exposing the UK population to serious risk from untreatable gonorrhoea, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has warned.

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