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Public health

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.

Big Ben and Westminster Palace

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

Competition rules

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.

Lady smoking

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.

Male GP injecting arm of older woman patient

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.

Hearing test

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.

Couple looking at a laptop together

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.

Woman smoking

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

Illustration showing queue of people with price tags

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.

Dame Julie Mellor

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.

Male GP injecting arm of older woman patient

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.

More on public health

Foodswitch enables smartphone users to scan food products to find out their nutritional value before they buy them

Public health gets with the programme using technology

Smart solutions for getting public health messages across

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

liver disease

Innovator case study: New pathway means earlier diagnosis of liver disease

The winners of the 2013 NHS Innovation Challenge Prize are changing lives

Claire McDonald

Podcast: The science of behavior change in public health

Claire McDonald tells HSJ how changing people’s behaviour can lead to big changes in public health

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