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NICE calls for bigger role in research and development

Will NICE be allowed to shake up drug development and risk sharing schemes?

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence officials have called for changes in its role as well as in the way it evaluates treatments.


Labour promises extra £2.5bn for NHS

What is the Labour Party's NHS policy for the general election campaign?

Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has pledged to inject an extra £2.5bn into the NHS. He says this could pay for 20,000 more nurses, 8,000 more GPs, 5,000 more care workers and 3,000 more midwives by 2020. 


NHS England attempts to tackle specialised services overspend

How is NHS England working to overcome specialised services budget deficit?

In an attempt to claw back the spiraling specialised commissioning budget —  which was overspent by £450m in 2013/14 — NHS England has established a quality, innovation, productivity and prevention programme board to oversee the delivery of 3 per cent savings.



Patients and clinicians say no to proposed specialised commissioning changes, survey finds

Do clinicians and patient groups want the responsibility of commissioning to be handed to clinical commissioning groups?

A survey carried out by the Specialised Healthcare Alliance found that the majority of clinicians and patient groups involved in specialised commissioning do not want responsibility for commissioning their service to be handed to clinical commissioning groups. 


NHS England announces money for mental health

How will the extra funding for mental health services be allocated?

The NHS is planning to increase mental health spending in 2014/15 by £120m, which represents a rise of 1.4 per cent in cash terms. This means total mental health spending will rise from £8.5bn in 2013/14 to £8.62bn in 2014/15.


DH's MyNHS data hub comes online

What sources of data does MyNHS provide for industry and patients?

Industry, clinicians, patients and researchers can now access information on quality measures, commissioning and efficiency through an online data hub. The site aims to improve standards through competition and transparency.


HSCIC reveals wide variation in IAPT referrals

How much variation exists in clinical commissioning group IAPT referrals?

Statistics reveal wide variation by clinical commissioning group (CCG) in the number of people seen by improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT) services in up to 90 days of referral.


Scottish Health Secretary denies that NHS cuts are planned

How will Scotland balance its health service budget?

Alex Neil, the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, has told the Scottish Parliament that there are no cuts planned for the NHS in Scotland.



New Health Minister for Northern Ireland

Will the appointment of a new health minister mean more health cuts?

Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson has announced Jim Wells, a member of the Democratic Unionist Party, as the new Health Minister.


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