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for your informationCare Quality Commission website: Results of the latest inpatient surveyThe results of the survey will be used by NHS Trusts to improve their performance and to understand their patients' experiences.

Financial Times website: Delay in hospital deaths report criticisedA report into the deaths of hundreds of people at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust is not expected to be published until mid-October, almost a year after the last witness gave evidence, in a decision condemned as 'disgraceful' by a leading patients' advocate.

Financial Times website: Drug maker seeks to block NHS guidelineA Swiss drug company has launched legal action to block NHS advice to doctors to use an unauthorised treatment for eye problems that is cheaper than its own drug.

GPonline website: CCGs adopting 'worst of PCT habits', warns GPCClinical commissioning groups are excluding local medical committees from the development of their constitutions and risk morphing into 'the worst of primary care trusts', GP leaders have warned.

GPonline website: GPs demand telecare savings evidenceInvesting millions in telehealth could add to GP workload without benefiting patients, the general practitioners' committee has warned, after the Department of Health refused to explain its claim that the technology would save the NHS £1.2bn.

GPonline website: GPs 'must always consider cancer', says RCGP expertDetecting cancers earlier rem­ains one of the toughest goals for general practice.

GPonline website: GPs face huge expansion of flu jab campaignDepartment of Health advisers consider plan to add millions more patients to annual flu immunisation scheme.

Health Service Journal website: Labour proposes free social care for terminally illLabour has proposed providing free social care to patients with a terminal illness and ending means testing.

Health Service Journal website: Nigel Edwards: how Lansley's big vision got shreddedCould the amendments to the Health and Social Care Act leave the Health Secretary powerless to see through his grand plan, asks Nigel Edwards.

NHS Information Centre website: NHS outcomes framework indicators - April 2012 release, EnglandThis release includes two indicators new to the NHS outcomes framework publication: under 75 mortality rate from cancer and patient experience of community mental health services.

Pharmaceutical Journal online website: Wholesaler research reveals growth of DTPDirect-to-pharmacy schemes accounted for 15 per cent of the medicines distribution market in the UK by 2010 - a rise of 11 per cent in just three years, according to research by the European Association of Pharmaceutical Full-line Wholesalers.

National electronic Library for Medicines website: HTAs used as a framework for coverage decisionsThe University of York Centre for Health Economics has published a research paper examining health technology assessments and their use in developing a framework in which to evaluate technologies with a limited evidence base.

NHS Commissioning Board website: Authorisation: Final draft guide published and next steps outlinedClinical commissioning group authorisation: Draft guide for applicants has been published following its formal ratification at the board meeting of the NHS Commissioning Board.


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