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Simon Stevens

Stevens plans 'much faster progress' to CCG target funding

The NHS England chief executive has said he wants to make “much faster progress” to clinical commissioning groups receiving their target funding allocations.

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Lib Dems propose health and wellbeing boards commission primary care

The Liberal Democrats want GP services to be commissioned by health and wellbeing boards, according to a paper setting out the party’s likely policy direction in the run up to next year’s general election.

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Hearing aid charging opposed in feedback exercise

FINANCE: North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group has revealed overwhelming public opposition to its proposals to restrict funding for hearing aids. However, the CCG claimed that much of the evidence cited by a national charity opposing the plans “lacked relevance”.

Simon Stevens

Stevens calls for tougher public health incentive policies

Simon Stevens has recommended empowering local government to set tougher public health policy, and giving financial incentives, such as tax breaks, to employers which promote health.

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NHS hospital comparison website launched 

A new website to enable patients and staff to compare hospitals across a broad range of metrics from accident and emergency waiting times to the quality of meals will be launched tomorrow.


BMA calls for next government to tackle lifestyle issues

Alcohol, smoking and poor childhood diets are among public health issues that should be targeted by the next government, doctors have said.

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Cut to councils' public health budgets

Local authorities’ core public health funding will be cut in real terms in 2015-16, it has been announced

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NHS England plans personal budgets covering NHS and social care

NHS England has proposed devolving “year of care” budgets covering NHS and social care to individuals with complex needs as part of its effort to help integrate services and increase personalisation.

Public health budgets given extra protection

Councils’ public health plans will have to be signed off by directors of the services under a tougher new checking regime aimed at preserving the £2.6bn budget for health purposes.


DH sets health visiting services provision for local authorities

Department of Health sets out five services councils must run

GPs feel pressured over antibiotics

Almost half of GPs have admitted prescribing antibiotics even though they know they will not treat the patient’s condition, a survey shows.

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NHS complaints records available

Investigations into ‘devastating’ failures by public services that have led to patient deaths, suffering and financial hardship have been published today by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman.

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Doubts over GP phone consultation

Patients who receive telephone consultations from their GP or a nurse are more likely to need care in the month after their phone call than those who see doctors face to face, a new study suggests.

Simon Stevens

Stevens calls for NHS staff slimming drive

Junk food could be off the menu in hospital canteens and overweight doctors and nurses encouraged to take part in weight loss competitions, under plans floated by Simon Stevens.

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Action urged on health of homeless

Action is being urged to help give homeless people the treatment they need for a range of physical and mental health problems.

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Welsh NHS Confederation pushes public health responsibility message

People in Wales are being urged to take responsibility for their health, rather than relying on the NHS.

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One in six councils without a director of public health

Some one in six local authorites are yet to appoint a permanent director of public health, more than a year since they took control of the service.

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Mental health rising as reason for helping homeless

Mental health has become an increasingly significant reason for housing homeless people, an analysis of figures recorded by councils show.


NHS to keep health visitor funding until after general election

More than £650m a year of public health funding will be withheld from local authorities until after next year’s general election, it has emerged.

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Health atlas pinpoints area risks

A new health atlas has been developed to help people assess medical and environmental risks.

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The importance of reviewing the public health programme

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'Eradicating hepatitis C is a realistic aim'

With the right models, HCV can disappear as a healthcare problem

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Break the cycle of unemployment and mental health

Help people with mental health problems get work

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