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Public health

Richmond House

Spending review reveals '21 per cent cut' to non-NHS England health budgetsSubscription

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 to be cut by 4 per cent a yearSubscription

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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In-year public health cut confirmed Subscription

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.

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Probe launched into first C difficile increase in eight years Subscription

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.


Treasury may redefine NHS ringfence, think tanks warnSubscription

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.

Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust

Regional health powers included in Liverpool devolution bidSubscription

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’.

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NHS England launches £5m drive to improve staff healthSubscription

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.


Public health cuts 'short sighted, short term and unwarranted'Subscription

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.

Richmond House

Updated: DH proposes across the board public health cutSubscription

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.

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Councils 'running out of time' to prepare for public health cutsSubscription

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.

Simon Stevens

Stevens sets out NHS devolution 'tests'Subscription

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.

Duncan Selbie

PHE chief questions £200m public health cutVideoSubscription

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.

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Treasury slammed for targeting public health underspendSubscription

This year’s council public health budgets were targeted for cuts by the Treasury because of a multimillion pound underspend in 2013-14.

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Fears health visitors will be target in £200m cuts roundSubscription

Providers of health visiting services fear they could face funding cuts after the government said it would reduce councils’ public health budgets by £200m.


Exclusive: King's Fund calls for merger of NHS and social care budgetsSubscription

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.

Jeremy Hunt

New ratings to make CCGs more accountable, says health secretarySubscription

The performance of clinical commissioning groups will be measured by a new set of metrics, Jeremy Hunt told NHS leaders today.

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Osborne announces £200m cut to public health budgetsSubscription

The Department of Health is to consult on an in-year cut of £200m to council controlled public health budgets.

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

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 NHSSubscription

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 careSubscription

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.