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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Hunt aims for global telehealth domination

A new telehealth scheme has been launched by the DH to help an initial 100,000 patients with long-term conditions gain control over their own care.

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