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.
NICE will be responsible for assessing the value of medicines in the new value-based pricing (VBP) system to be implemented in 2014.
The NHS CB has completed its authorisation process for the 211 CCGs across England after finalising the fourth and final wave of commissioning groups.
Evidence of widespread conflicts of interest among NHS commissioners has prompted calls from the BMA and the Labour Party for tighter regulation.
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.
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.
The focus of NHS investment needs to shift from large acute hospitals to community and home-based services, according to the NHS Confederation.
The Department of Health has agreed to withdraw and revise the current secondary legislation on competition in NHS commissioning.
Monitor has placed Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust under administration, saying it cannot be sustained in its current form.
The lack of new antibiotics is exposing the UK population to serious risk from untreatable gonorrhoea, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has warned.