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Vanguard CCGs cut better care fund potSubscription
Five clinical commissioning groups, including two involved in NHS England’s vanguard programme, have cut their planned better care fund contributions for next year.
NHS England is to reconsider its decision not to fund a new preventative drug for HIV which it had claimed fell under councils’ public health responsibilities.
Local government is being “left out in the cold” by the NHS in the rush to develop sustainability and transformation plans, leading councillors have claimed.
London’s sexual health services are set to undergo a major shake-up, featuring a reduction in expensive hospital based services.
Councils which will have limited ability to raise additional funds through the council tax social care precept will get a bigger share of the extra better care fund cash promised by the chancellor in the spending review.
London health 'devolution' pilots announced Subscription
Five “devolution” pilots will pave the way for a “revolution” in the delivery of health and social care in London, chancellor George Osborne has said.
Selbie: 9.6pc cuts to public health are 'reasonable' Subscription
Cuts to public health budgets of almost 10 per cent over the next four years are a “reasonable ask” of local government, the chief executive of Public Health England has said.
Fourfold difference in social care precept potential
In-year public health cut confirmed Subscription
The Department of Health is to press ahead with its planned blanket in-year cut to public health budgets, despite the majority of local authorities backing alternative options.
Ministers confirm future of BCF for 2016-17 Subscription
The pooling of health and social care budgets under the better care fund will continue in 2016-17, ministers have confirmed.