Councils can do more to encourage older people to attend NHS health checks as part of their new public health role, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has said.
Health checks offered to millions of people over 40 are a waste of time and could lead to people taking medicines unnecessarily, the head of the Royal College of GPs has said.
More than 650 lives a year could be saved if there was full take-up of NHS health checks, health secretary Jeremy Hunt has said.
The NHS could “emulate” the superhead model used to turn around failing schools to tackle poor performance in the NHS, health secretary Jeremy Hunt has told HSJ.
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt is backing the introduction of an Ofsted-style rating system for hospitals and care homes in an attempt to end a “crisis of care” in parts of the system.
The target for heart check-ups in Scotland last year was smashed as the NHS screened 75 per cent more people than expected.
The Care Quality Commission is to become a “quality inspectorate” focusing solely on the safety and quality of providers.
The government has told the Care Quality Commission to scrap its annual review of health service organisations immediately, HSJ has learned.
A tougher version of the annual health check that would have branded struggling trusts “poor” has been scrapped in light of the change of government and revised operating framework.
There is still a North-South divide on health in England despite attempts to promote wellbeing for all, according to figures published today.
The Care Quality Commission has attempted to reassure trusts its soon-to-go-live regulation system is “not a rating, not a ranking and not a league table”.
The Care Quality Commission will publish six traffic light ratings for each health provider later this year, chief executive Cynthia Bower has revealed.
The government’s aspiration for foundation trusts to take over failing hospitals appears in significant doubt, a month away from the deadline for agreeing the future for all acutes.
NHS leaders have been told to consider how to reduce management costs without compromising services, after an HSJ analysis revealed a strong link between quality scores and increases in manager numbers.
Many stroke patients are still not spending enough of their hospital stay on a specialist stroke unit or having a brain scan within 24 hours, a National Audit Office report has revealed.
Latest figures from the Department of Health indicate hospital trusts have improved stroke care since the Care Quality Commission undertook the 2008-09 annual health check.
Former Healthcare Commission chair Sir Ian Kennedy has accused MPs of “shooting the messenger” in a Commons health committee report on patient safety.
Fewer than 40 per cent of acute and specialist trusts are achieving the required standards of stroke care.
The Care Quality Commission has some “tricky decisions” ahead on using its powers to shut down failing services, its chair has admitted.
The stroke target, winter pressures and the increasing number of foundation trusts are being blamed for the slide in acute trusts’ annual health check performance.