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 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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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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
Local authorities look set to face a flat 6.2 per cent cut to their 2015-16 public health budgets under plans put out for consultation by the Department of Health this morning.
Councils are ‘running out of time’ to make the £200m of in-year cuts to public health budgets announced by the chancellor last month, HSJ’s sister title Local Government Chronicle has been told.
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Councils hoping to gain Greater Manchester style devolved powers over health and social care must convince NHS England that the benefits of the move would go beyond integration of the two services, the body’s chief executive has said.
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Public Health England’s chief executive has reportedly questioned whether the Treasury’s demand for a £200m in year cut to public health budgets was a ‘thoughtful’ decision.
This year’s council public health budgets were targeted for cuts by the Treasury because of a multimillion pound underspend in 2013-14.
Providers of health visiting services fear they could face funding cuts after the government said it would reduce councils’ public health budgets by £200m.
There should be a single pooled budget for all health and social care services in every area by 2020 at the latest, according to a new report by the King’s Fund.
The performance of clinical commissioning groups will be measured by a new set of metrics, Jeremy Hunt told NHS leaders today.
The Department of Health is to consult on an in-year cut of £200m to council controlled public health budgets.
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”.
Jeremy Hunt has praised the benefits of peer review to improve NHS standards, saying it is a better method than top-down targets.
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.