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Acute care deficit worse than feared

Is secondary care heading for bankruptcy?

The acute care sector could post deficits in excess of £770m for 2014/15, say researchers.


CDF gets extra £160m over two years

How much money does the cancer drugs fund get?

NHS England has promised an extra £160m over two years for the cancer drugs fund (CDF). The fund aims to give patients access to innovative drugs not routinely available on the NHS. CDF, which began in 2010 with an annual budget of £200m, now has £280m a year. It is due to come to an end in 2016.


More health professionals set to prescribe

Can radiographers and paramedics prescribe drugs?

More allied health professionals could be prescribing drugs next year if a consultation receives a positive response.


Health and social care funding under review

Could capitated budgets for patients with long-term conditions help to improve care?

Preliminary results from one of six sites trailing the long-term conditions year of care commissioning model have been published by NHS Improving Quality.


Cancer survival rates on the up

Where can I find the latest stats on cancer survival?

Cancer survival figures for breast, lung, prostate, colorectal and ovarian cancer are continuing to improve, says Public Health England.


HSCIC records improved cleanliness at health sites

Are hospitals and treatment centres improving their cleanliness?

Just over 16 per cent of 1,356 health-related sites such as hospitals, treatment centres and hospices  scored 100 per cent for cleanliness, according to a Health and Social Care Information Centre report.


Wales invests to help older patients stay out of hospital

What is Wales doing to help older patients stay closer to home?

The Welsh Government is investing nearly £9m to support older people to remain in their homes rather than go to hospital, enter residential care or get caught up in delayed discharge.


NI Health Minister refuses to make health cuts

Will the Northern Ireland health service succeed in getting more funding?

Health Minister Edwin Poots said he refuses to 'compromise safety' by implementing cuts to Northern Ireland's health service.


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