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Friday 6 July 2012

For your information2020Health website: New report warns Lansley: cancer care could get worse under reforms A health think-tank has expressed concern at the government's shake-up in the provision of cancer care and warns that patients risk being 'passed from pillar to post'.

Care Quality Commission website: CQC: read our first market reportThe first CQC quarterly market report. In these reports, CQC will publish information on the results of its day-to-day inspection work with information on the quality and safety of different types of care across England.

Department of Health website: Common medicines dictionary approved for NHSA common medicines dictionary aimed at reducing the chance of medical errors by ensuring all staff who work in the NHS and healthcare use the same common language when referring to medicines.

Department of Health website: Report outlines effect of the NHS ConstitutionHealth Secretary Andrew Lansley's report on the effect of the NHS Constitution on patients, staff, carers and members of the public.

GPonline website: CCGs will disappear like fundholding, top manager warnsThe new system of clinical commissioning groups is unlikely to last longer than the GP fundholding scheme of the 1990s, according to one of the most senior hospital managers in the NHS.

GPonline website: NHS will fail Nicholson challenge unless it improves care of the elderlyNHS providers will not achieve the cost savings needed to meet the £20bn Nicholson challenge unless they improve care of older people, the DH's older people czar has warned.

GPonline website: Telehealth 'three times over NICE cost limit'Telehealth is unlikely to provide value for money for the NHS unless equipment costs fall dramatically, research suggests.

Guardian website: 'Financial austerity is being used to dismantle the state'Dr Gabriel Scally, a senior NHS doctor, was until April employed by the Department of Health, but he resigned as a direct result of his alarm at the coalition government's health policies - and because he wanted the freedom to oppose them.

Guardian website: Hospitals to close heart units after years of delays that 'cost children's lives'The Royal Brompton in London and hospitals in Leicester and Leeds are to lose their children's heart surgery units in an NHS reorganisation effort that has taken more than a decade and cost, it is alleged, children's lives because of the long delay.

Health Service Journal website: Commissioning board admits shortage of interest in CSS director jobsThere is a shortage of applicants to run commissioning support services, sparking fears that the jobs are proving unattractive to senior NHS managers.

Health Service Journal website: NW London agrees £500m block contract with ImperialNHS North West London has agreed more than half of Imperial's income would be provided in a block contract rather than under payment by results.

Health Service Journal website: UCLH chief fears CCGs could bring more fragmentationOne of England's most respected hospital chiefs has said he fears clinical commissioning groups could lead to care becoming increasingly fragmented - and that rationalisation of acute services is 'happening behind the scenes' without their input.

Health Service Journal website: Vascular services set for major reconfigurationA major shake-up in vascular services is planned for the East of England, with several hospitals set to lose work.

NHS Information Centre website: NHS outcomes framework indicatorsIncludes a new indicator comparing age and sex standardised mortality rate in people with serious mental illness to the general population. The indicator is for people aged 18 to 74 inclusive.

University College London Hospitals website: Neurosurgical services transfer to UCLHServices treating emergency, acute and intra-cranial neurosurgery patients have been transferred from the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust to the National Hospital Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square.

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