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Public health


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

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.

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Updated: DH proposes across the board public health cut

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 cuts

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'

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 cut

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 underspend

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 round

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 budgets

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 secretary

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

Osborne announces £200m cut to public health budgets

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 cause

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 NHS

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 care

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.

London workers

Exclusive: All London CCGs and NHS England join forces on city-wide vision

All 32 London clinical commissioning groups and NHS England’s London arm have set out plans to drive the improvements called for by the NHS Five Year Forward View and the London Health Commission.

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Other areas consider mayors in exchange for devolution

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.

George Osborne

Updated: £6bn Manchester devolution deal is signed

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.

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Public health workers in pay 'limbo'

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.

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Exclusive: PHE to further investigate drop in elderly life expectancy

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.

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Coalition health reforms 'damaging and distracting', says think tank

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.

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.

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