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Board authorises second wave CCGs

The NHS Commissioning Board has authorised a further 67 clinical commissioning groups to take on local responsibilities for healthcare budgets and services.

UK to launch first shingles vaccination programme in Europe

The UK is launching the first national shingles immunisation programme in the EU.
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UK Science Minister promoted AZ drug to NHS

UK Science Minister David Willetts intervened with NHS leaders to promote AstraZeneca’s anticoagulant Brilique (ticagrelor).
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CQC warns of dangerously under-staffed NHS providers

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has warned 26 NHS provider organisations that they are not employing and training enough staff to operate safely.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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NHS to enforce generic prescribing

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

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