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Friday 4 May 2012

British Medical Journal website Dismantling the signposts to public health? NHS data under the Health and Social Care Act 2012A shift away from area based populations in England will have severe implications for population health data, argue Allyson M Pollock, Alison Macfarlane and Sylvia Godden.

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Sir Peter Carr confirmed as chair of NHS Trust Development AuthoritySir Peter Carr, currently vice chair of the NHS North of England, will head up the NHS Trust Development Authority, the new organisation that will support NHS trusts to achieve foundation status, when it is established in June 2012.

Department of Health website: The month: issue 53, April 2012In the latest edition of 'the month' NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson reflects on his recent visit to University North Staffordshire Hospital's new major trauma centre and we hear about the latest developments in the NHS Commissioning Board Authority.

GPonline website: Unfair pressure on GPs to cut referralsQuality and outcomes framework productivity targets have put excessive pressure on GPs to slash hospital admissions and referrals, a GP poll reveals.

Health Service Journal website: CCGs to manage and reward GP performanceGP practices look set to be handed an extensive role in performance managing each other - including through the award of bonuses - under proposals being drawn up by the NHS Commissioning Board.

Health Service Journal website: Commissioning board guidance to resolve CCG boundary disputesGuidance from the NHS Commissioning Board has set out new principles for 'firming up' clinical commissioning group boundaries, and an elaborate formula for resolving disputed areas.

Health Service Journal website: Circle deal means Hinchingbrooke needs over £70m to clear debtsThe deal struck between Hinchingbrooke Health Care Trust and its private sector operator means the trust needs surpluses of at least £70m over the next decade to pay off its £40m debts.

Health Service Journal website: Lansley: CCG allocations should be based on age, not povertyHealth Secretary Andrew Lansley has suggested clinical commissioning group funding should take into account the age of a population rather than indices of deprivation, arguing age is the 'principal determinant of health need' in an area.

Independent website: Delays cost NHS £324mDelays to the discharge of NHS patients from hospitals have surged by more than 25 per cent in the past 19 months.

King's Fund website: Thinking about rationingThinking about rationing provides a guide to the practicalities and controversies surrounding the issue and identifies what is known about how it works in practice. It offers examples and illustrations, drawing on the available evidence and conversations with clinicians and managers.

King's Fund website: Using the commissioning for quality and innovation (CQUIN) payment framework - guidance on new national goals for 2012-13This payment framework enables commissioners to reward excellence by linking a proportion of providers' income to the achievement of local quality improvement goals.

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence website: NICE guidance round-up for AprilInformation on the latest National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidance.

NHS Commissioning Board website: Commissioning support bulletin - Issue 1, 30 April 2012The new bulletin from the NHS Commissioning Board Authority.

NHS Confederation website: NHS Confederation chair chosen to lead Health Education EnglandNHS Confederation chair Sir Keith Pearson has been appointed chair of Health Education England - the organisation that will provide national leadership to the new system of education and training in healthcare - when it is established in June 2012.

Parliament website: Health Committee launches web forum on PIP breast implantsThe Health Committee has launched an online forum for women affected by PIP breast implants scandal.

Welsh Government website: 'Remarkable achievement': NHS Wales breaks-evenProvisional figures issued by the Welsh Government show all NHS organisations have met their financial targets in 2011/12, making a small surplus of £500,000.

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