Health inequalities

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NHS chiefs 'must call out racists and homophobes'

Three leading NHS trust chief executives have called on their peers to directly challenge communities whose racist and homophobic views often lead to the abuse of NHS staff.

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NHSE sets first targets to cut BME disciplinary cases

The first NHS targets for reducing the disproportionate share of black and minority ethnic staff being subject to disciplinary cases have been set by NHS England, which has also told trusts to reduce unnecessary disciplinary action overall.

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Dementia fund could cut A&E admissions

A multibillion-pound dementia fund should be used to fund personal health budgets for dementia patients to address care inequalities, a former NHS science adviser has said.

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Seven CCGs to merge into three under new proposals

Sussex’s seven clinical commissioning groups could merge into three, while a nearby CCG could potentially leave the area’s sustainability and transformation partnership.

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Trust and union lock horns after £1m tribunal

A trust chief executive and a union secretary are locked in a war of words over the trust’s handling of an employment tribunal and the fate of its workforce director.

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Several areas with deep deficits get low funding growth

Health economies with deeper financial deficits are more likely to receive higher funding growth from new commissioning allocations, although there are several significant outliers against this trend.

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New data reveals 'shocking' uptake of yearly health checks

Nearly half of people in England with a learning disability did not receive an annual health check last year, new data has revealed.

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Inequalities shift 'needs political and societal intervention'

Historically ingrained health inequalities in England won’t be reversed by measures in the long-term plan, which require bigger “political and societal” interventions, according to a public health expert whose work contributed to the plan.

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Anger as NHS England accused of public health 'land grab'

NHS England has been accused of a “crude” attempt to engineer a “land grab” after its NHS long-term plan suggested a diminished role for local government in public health.

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CCG allocations revealed: The winners and losers

New funding allocations which favour areas of extreme deprivation will see some clinical commissioning groups receive cash growth of up to 15 per cent next year, with others receiving increases of less than 5 per cent.

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Local health systems to be measured on new performance metrics

New metrics are under development to measure local health systems against the ambitions of the NHS long-term plan.

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'Alarming' figures show thousands still waiting too long for wheelchairs

Thousands of disabled children who need a wheelchair are still being forced to wait more than four months from the time of their referral to the equipment being delivered, an exclusive HSJ analysis of official data has revealed.

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Stevens: Health inequalities will be addressed in new NHS plan

Simon Stevens has said addressing health inequality should be addressed in the upcoming long term plan for health and care.

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NHS England looks to do more to tackle health inequalities

NHS England is considering what more it and the NHS should be doing about health inequalities, partly in response to “disturbing” figures showing life expectancy falling in some areas.

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Commissioners could face judicial reviews over IVF 'discrimination'

Clinical commissioning groups that require same sex couples to self-fund intrauterine insemination before they can be considered for IVF funding have been warned they could face judicial reviews.

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CCGs warned policies could break discrimination laws

Clinical commissioning groups have been warned their policies on assisted conception could fall foul of discrimination laws if they treat same sex couples differently from heterosexual ones.

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Prescription changes would worsen health inequalities, warns BMA

The chair of the British Medical Association’s prescribing subcommittee has called for politicians to lead on changes to NHS prescriptions, which he claims could worsen health inequalities.

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Exclusive: Regulator expands national mental health team

NHS Improvement has recruited five new members to its mental health team.

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Public sector prevention fund 'could be used across England'

A move to measure preventative spend across the public sector – and set a target to increase it – could be adopted across the country, Public Health England’s chief executive told HSJ.

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Exclusive: STPs 'made a good stab' on prevention, says public health chief

All sustainability and transformation plans have made “a good stab” on prevention but have further to go, the Public Health England chief executive has told HSJ.