Public health

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NHSE: Cuts need to stop if public health to stay with councils

NHS England has hit back over the health secretary’s assertion that public health budgets should stay with local government, saying it is ”potentially workable” but requires “an end to cuts… and a guaranteed continuation of the ring-fence around the public health grant”.

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Government rejects NHS move on public health services

A departmental review has decided local government will “continue to lead” on public health, putting to an end speculation the NHS would take control of these services.


New chief medical officer appointed

A London consultant and public health professor will be England’s next chief medical officer, the Cabinet secretary announced today.

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Poor planning and resourcing delaying screening innovations

England has missed out on the latest advances in cancer screening because of “serious and ongoing delays” in how they are implemented, according to a major review of screening programmes.


Stevens: NHS must act to prevent 'hollowing out' of DGHs

The NHS must rethink the district general hospital model to counter the risk of the health service deserting the “at-risk communities” many serve, Simon Stevens has warned.

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Marketing and job posts take hit from latest PHE cuts

Reducing marketing work and cutting vacant job posts have made up most of the required cuts to Public Health England’s budget in the coming financial year.

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'Dedicated' former medical director among Sri Lanka dead

A former trust medical director is among the more than 300 people killed in the Easter Sunday bomb attacks in Sri Lanka.

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Pay deal row erupts between government and NHS England

A row has broken out between the government and NHS England over £50m funding for NHS staff pay.

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Trust makes vaccination mandatory for recruitment

A West Midlands trust will no longer recruit staff who have not had an immunisation for mumps, measles and rubella.

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Councils seek NHS funding to cover drug trial pressures

Councils in London are seeking additional funding from NHS England to help deal with cost pressures arising from trials for an HIV drug.

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PHE names new medical director

Public Health England will have a new medical director and director of health protection in May, the agency announced today.

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Public health charity to close as DHSC cuts funds

A public health charity providing “vital” services has been forced to close this year after losing most of its government funding.

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Dame Sally Davies to step down

Dame Sally Davies will step down as England’s chief medical officer at the end of September, after nine years in the post.

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Trusts subject to new reporting regime as Brexit looms

A national “operational response centre” has gone live to deal with any fallout from a no-deal Brexit, while local NHS providers will be subject to new data collections to monitor their preparations.

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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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NHS England wins legal dispute over largest medicines procurement

NHS England has seen off a legal challenge to its largest ever medicines procurement, which is aimed at acquiring drugs to help eliminate hepatitis C in the country by 2025.

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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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Selbie: Public health leadership 'rationale' unchanged

The “rationale” for councils to lead on public health remains unchanged, the chief executive of Public Health England has said.


NHS long-term plan: Full coverage

HSJ’s comprehensive full coverage of the important changes proposed in the NHS long-term plan,which was published today.

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NHS could take over key public health functions

The NHS and government will look at funding key public health services from the NHS budget, the long-term plan has said.