Published: 08/01/2004, Volume II4, No. 5886 Page 6

The Department of Health has published a summary of key changes to reference costs data for 2004.The data forms the basis of the payments-by-results tariff and the summary highlights a number of changes requiring 'urgent preparations' to be made.

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A Commission for Healthcare Improvement report into Buckinghamshire Mental Health trust has criticised continuity of care. It also highlights 'a lack of leadership'.CHI acting chief executive Jocelyn Cornwell said the trust had 'significant recruitment and retention problems, resulting in a lack of senior leadership and consultant psychiatrists that are necessary to provide service users with continuous appropriate care'.

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Health minister John Hutton has announced 11 new NHS walk-in centres, which will be funded from a three-year£40m investment package announced by the Department of Health in July.Mr Hutton said: 'The development offers patients more choice and more convenient access to services.'

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The Department of Health has launched a consultation on a new framework for the reformed NHS complaints procedure.Chief nursing officer Sarah Mullally said: 'An important aim for the new arrangement is to ensure more effective responses to complaints that are about both health and social care.'

The Department of Health has announced a drive to tackle child obesity and cut the risks of youngsters developing serious illness.Public health minister Melanie Johnson has announced a£2m Food in Schools programme that will include healthy eating tuck shops.

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