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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has attacked attempts by NHS commissioners to restrict routine surgery for overweight patients and smokers.
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.
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.
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
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.
The NHS will become an ‘activist agent’ of social change in a ‘radical upgrade’ of prevention and public health, under plans announced today.
The NHS England chief executive has said he wants to make “much faster progress” to clinical commissioning groups receiving their target funding allocations.
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.
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 has recommended empowering local government to set tougher public health policy, and giving financial incentives, such as tax breaks, to employers which promote health.
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.
Alcohol, smoking and poor childhood diets are among public health issues that should be targeted by the next government, doctors have said.
Local authorities’ core public health funding will be cut in real terms in 2015-16, it has been announced
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.
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.
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