1.54pm: We have published our story on the tariff guidance proposals for next year, which include a “cherry picking list” and a 1.1 per cent drop in the average tariff price.
10.05am There has been a seven-fold increase in the quantity of drugs given to combat attention-deficity hyperactivity disorder, new Health and Social Care Information Centre figures suggest.
10.02am Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has responded to the Macmillan report into the discrimination faced by older people in cancer care. “It is shocking and wrong to deny people treatment just because of their age, which is why we have made it illegal,” he says.
07.32am: “We must root out ageism in NHS cancer care”, says Macmillan chief executive Ciarán Devane. “Cancer mortality rates for older people in the UK are among the worst in Europe and getting worse”. Macmillan’s pilot programme, run in partnership with the Department of Health and Age UK shows clinical input from elderly care specialists is badly needed in cancer care.
07.24am: Good morning, a small Plymouth GP surgery has overhauled its patient access system to reduce the pressure on urgent care services. St Levan Surgery in Plymouth won the HSJ Award for acute and primary care innovation by introducing a telephone consultation system called Patient Access. It’s estimated that if all UK practices used this approach it could save the NHS £200m a year.