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NHS five year forward view: how to save the NHS?

What does the NHS five year forward view mean for the health service?

In one of the most important NHS policy documents published in the past 15 years NHS bosses have called for extra money, a focus on prevention and remodelling of health delivery systems to tackle the ever-increasing demand on resources.


Bill to allow prescribing of unlicensed medicines gets government backing

What are the chances that medicines not yet licensed could be made available to patients?

Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt is backing a bill that would enable clinicians to prescribe unlicensed treatments for patients with no other treatment options.


Specialist skills are too concentrated in hospitals, report finds

What are the benefits of providing care closer to come? 

Providing care closer to home can lead to better patient experience, improve management of chronic conditions and reduce waiting times, says a report published by the King's Fund. However, it is unlikely to save costs. 


NHS needs more cash, says Monitor chief

Does the NHS need more money if it is to meet demand?

The chief executive of Monitor, the NHS economic regulator, has called for an increase in funding above that in the current settlement from government.


Political parties must set out prevention plans

How can the desire for change within the NHS be implemented?

All political parties must set out in their manifestos how they would support local efforts to reduce preventable illness and improve wellbeing, according to a group created by the NHS Confederation.


Perinatal mental health problems cost £8bn a year

Research shows the economic and social costs of perinatal mental health problems in the UK is more than £8bn each year.


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