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Public health

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Exclusive: Slowdown in prevention of early deaths - funding may be the cause

National officials have identified a stalling of improvement in the prevention of premature deaths by the English health service, with one potential cause being the NHS’s “economic challenges”.


Hunt: Peer review, not top-down targets, can improve NHS

Jeremy Hunt has praised the benefits of peer review to improve NHS standards, saying it is a better method than top-down targets.

Ed Miliband

Labour pledges to avoid 'extreme' cuts to social care

Labour has pledged to avoid ‘extreme’ cuts to social care in the next parliament in order to improve quality of care and prevent further pressure on the NHS.

London workers

Exclusive: All London CCGs and NHS England join forces on city-wide vision

All 32 London clinical commissioning groups and NHS England’s London arm have set out plans to drive the improvements called for by the NHS Five Year Forward View and the London Health Commission.

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Other areas consider mayors in exchange for devolution

The leaders of two combined authorities have revealed that they would be prepared to consider introducing elected mayors in exchange for the devolution of health and social care budgets.

George Osborne

Updated: £6bn Manchester devolution deal is signed

NHS and local government leaders have this morning announced plans to join up health and social care budgets for Manchester worth £6bn, but insisted the deal is not a ‘town hall takeover’ of health services.

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Public health workers in pay 'limbo'

Some public health workers in local government are stuck in pay ‘limbo’ after being denied the increases awarded to both council and NHS colleagues following their transfer out of the health service.

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Exclusive: PHE to further investigate drop in elderly life expectancy

National public health officials have said they will further investigate falls in life expectancy among older people, after finding it was ‘too early’ to conclude they had stopped living for longer.

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Coalition health reforms 'damaging and distracting', says think tank

The coalition government’s flagship legislation on health was ‘damaging and distracting’, and ‘historians will not be kind in their assessment’ of its record on NHS reform, an influential think tank has claimed.

Andy Burnham

Burnham attacks 'judgmental' restrictions on surgery for obese patients

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has attacked attempts by NHS commissioners to restrict routine surgery for overweight patients and smokers.


Exclusive: Public Health England examines older people life expectancy 'alert'

National public health officials are investigating concerns about a ‘sustained’ fall in the life expectancy of older people in some areas, after a local authority raised an alert.

CCGs must set targets for reducing health inequalities

Clinical commissioning groups will have to set targets for reducing health inequalities and improving outcomes for health and wellbeing, under the 2015-16 planning guidance.

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Exclusive: Ministers keen to extend joint commissioning

Ministers want to extend NHS joint commissioning with councils to public health and children’s services, after being convinced by the better care fund planning process that the model will reap service improvements and financial benefits

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Labour 'still plans Health Act repeal'

Labour still intends to repeal the Health Act 2012 despite the shift in focus away from competition in the NHS Five Year Forward View, a shadow health minister has told HSJ.

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NHS plans 'radical upgrade' in public health

The NHS will become an ‘activist agent’ of social change in a ‘radical upgrade’ of prevention and public health, under plans announced today.

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.

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London workers

Tips to prevent mental health co-morbidities in diabetic patients

A project in London has developed a model for diagnosing and treating the mental health co-morbidities of diabetes. Steven Reid explains


Immigration Act: Implications for GPs and trusts explained

GPs and trusts to enforce Immigration Act

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