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Public health

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Exclusive: NHS England U-turn on funding of council HIV drugsSubscription

NHS England has U-turned on a decision to stop paying for HIV drugs provided by local authority commissioned services.

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NHS England refuses to fund local authority HIV drugsSubscription

NHS England has said it will no longer pay for HIV drugs provided by local authority commissioned services.

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Budget 2016: Sugar tax and changes to NHS pensionsSubscription

George Osborne has announced a new levy on the soft drinks industry from April 2018.

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Simon Stevens reveals first 10 'healthy new towns'Subscription

NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens will today announce the locations of 10 “healthy new towns” – communities across England where health and wellbeing will be “designed into” their construction.


CCGs 'unprepared' for specialised surgery handoverSubscription

The government has been warned that clinical commissioning groups are not adequately prepared for a major transfer of commissioning responsibilities.

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Exclusive: Rocketing death rate provokes calls for national investigationSubscription

Public health experts have called for investigation after statistics showed the biggest increase in the national death rate for several decades in 2015.


Hospital services targeted in sexual health shake-upSubscription

London’s sexual health services are set to undergo a major shake-up, featuring a reduction in expensive hospital based services.

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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.


Social care and public health funding is 'unresolved business'Subscription

Two of Simon Stevens’ “five tests” for the spending review have not yet been met, he has told HSJ.

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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.

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North London council considers 60pc public health cuts Subscription

A north London council has laid out proposals to cut public health services including health visiting, drug and alcohol services, and sexual health services over the next three years by up to 60 per cent.

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Selbie: Councils can absorb public health cutsSubscription

Public Health England’s chief executive has told councils he is confident they can absorb a nearly 10 per cent cut while making progress “protecting and improving the public’s health”. 

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Spending review reveals '21 per cent cut' to non-NHS England health budgetsSubscription

The removal of protected status from all Department of Health budgets not controlled by NHS England will see the pot of money that pays for health education, public health, and capital projects subjected to huge cuts over the coming half-decade.

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Public health to be cut by 4 per cent a yearSubscription

Public health spending will be cut by 4 per cent a year in real terms, as part of the government’s spending review.

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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.

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Probe launched into first C difficile increase in eight years Subscription

The public health watchdog has launched an investigation after the number of C difficile incidents in the English NHS rose last year for the first time since 2007.


Treasury may redefine NHS ringfence, think tanks warnSubscription

The Treasury may redefine the ringfence on NHS spending to apply only to NHS England’s commissioning budgets – leaving billions spent on public health, training and research unprotected in the coming spending review, health think tanks have warned.

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Regional health powers included in Liverpool devolution bidSubscription

The Liverpool City Region has declared it wants to explore taking greater control of health functions, including creating a ‘local leadership role’ for ‘performance oversight’.

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NHS England launches £5m drive to improve staff healthSubscription

NHS England will work with Public Health England to raise the standard of food served in hospitals and other care settings as part of a £5m initiative to boost the health and wellbeing of health service staff.


Public health cuts 'short sighted, short term and unwarranted'Subscription

Cutting public health budgets by £200m is ‘short sighted, short term and unwarranted”, according to the Local Government Association and the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers.