Public health

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Review makes multiple criticisms over screening failures

Jeremy Hunt’s statement in Parliament about failures in the national breast screening programme was based on incorrect information from Public Health England, according to an independent review published today.

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Exclusive: Screening IT system 'ageing and risky' - official review

England’s breast screening programme is running on IT systems with “multiple practical issues and risk associated with their operation”, according to an official investigation report obtained by HSJ.


New mental health role labelled a 'nonsense sticking plaster'

Experts have questioned the decision to introduce a new mental health role in schools, rather than upskill the existing registered nurse workforce.

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Exclusive: Public want new NHS money to go on cancer and staff, not digital

The public’s highest priorities for new NHS funding are cancer care and staffing, while their lowest are digital access and better services for vulnerable groups.

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Public Health England to integrate with NHS England regions

Public Health England will integrate with the new NHS England structure by adding a director of public health to each of the seven new regions, PHE’s chief executive has said.


NHS England overhauling national cancer screening programmes

NHS England will overhaul cancer screening as part of the long-term plan and has called on England’s first national cancer director to lead the work.


NHS England taken to court over 'largest ever medicines procurement'

A global pharmaceutical company has taken the NHS to court over a procurement process aimed to help England become the first country to eliminate hepatitis C.

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Primary care funding boost key to prevention strategy, says Hancock

Primary and community care’s share of the NHS England budget will rise in the long-term plan, health and social care secretary Matt Hancock announced today.

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Meningitis outbreak sparks demand for vaccine action

A spike in meningitis cases leading to scores of patients being hospitalised has sparked calls for GPs to improve vaccination rates among young adults.

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NHS England 'should look beyond big killer diseases'

The lead researcher on a landmark public health study has said NHS England must look beyond cancer and heart disease and invest in preventing back pain, skin diseases and poor mental health which are leading causes of ill health.

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National Audit Office investigating NHS screening programmes

The National Audit Office has started an investigation into the four adult health screening programmes in England, HSJ has learned.


Medical student numbers should double to avoid 'absolute disaster'

The number of medical students need to double in the next decade to avoid “an absolute disaster”, the new head of the Royal College of Physicians has told HSJ.

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PHE calls for payment tariff on public health outcomes

The NHS must do more to stop people smoking and Duncan Selbie thinks the best way to do it is to implement a national tariff for smoking cessation.

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Selbie: Forward view did not deliver on prevention

The NHS long term plan must have a large prevention ambition because the Five Year Forward View proposals were never implemented, according to a public health chief.

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Stevens: ‘NHS must get serious about new public health threats’

“Getting serious” about prevention and tackling new threats to public health will create the headroom to bring new innovations into the NHS, NHS England’s chief executive said today.

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Exclusive: Discrepancies in national IT systems raise fear of patient harm

An urgent national review is underway into a mismatch of thousands of patient records that may have caused patients, including children, to miss out on disease screening and immunisation appointments, HSJ can reveal.

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Mackey, Deegan and Marsh among chiefs selected to develop 10 year-plan

Top provider chief executives will help lead some of the workstreams that will start developing the NHS’s 10 year plan, HSJ has learned.


Terror alert issued after suspicious liquid sent to hospitals

An alert has been sent by the chief medical officer to all NHS organisations after a suspicious package containing liquid was sent to a number of NHS hospitals, HSJ has learned.

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NHS England tells staff groups to act on flu vaccine

NHS England is calling on the royal colleges to provide an action plan to encourage uptake of the flu vaccine among staff, after a clinical study made a direct link between vaccination and mortality rates.


NHS trusts overturn council's £100m Virgin Care contract

A High Court judge has overturned a local authority’s contract with Virgin Care for public health services after a successful legal challenge by two NHS trusts.