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.
Department of Health sets out five services councils must run
Almost half of GPs have admitted prescribing antibiotics even though they know they will not treat the patient’s condition, a survey shows.
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.
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.
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.
Action is being urged to help give homeless people the treatment they need for a range of physical and mental health problems.
People in Wales are being urged to take responsibility for their health, rather than relying on the NHS.
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.
Mental health has become an increasingly significant reason for housing homeless people, an analysis of figures recorded by councils show.
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.
A new health atlas has been developed to help people assess medical and environmental risks.
Ministers should review the use of a widely used anti-flu medication, scientists have said after new research questioned the efficacy of the drug.
Clinical commissioning leaders have expressed serious concerns about the current state public health services.
It is a “scandal” that one in three cystic fibrosis sufferers who are waiting for donated lungs die while on the transplant list, a charity has warned.
There has been a drop in the percentage of women being screened for breast cancer, NHS figures show.
Councils can do more to encourage older people to attend NHS health checks as part of their new public health role, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has said.
A shortage of defibrillators - which shock the heart - and a lack of public awareness could be costing thousands of lives every year, research suggests.
Councils should be able to curb pub and off licence opening hours in a bid to cut costs and ease the pressures of alcohol-related admissions on hospitals, it has been claimed.
The Department of Health has acknowledged that life expectancy at 75 – one of its corporate indicators – fell in 2012 for the first time in many years.
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