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Billions wasted due to basic errors in care

Could simple mistakes be costing the NHS up to £2.5bn a year? 

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has claimed that basic mistakes in hospital care cost the NHS up to £2.5bn a year, calling on hospital directors to consider not just the clinical but also the financial implications of making preventable errors.


Care claims are sapping the CCG budget, managers say

How are CCGs coping with increased continuing healthcare claims?

A surge in the number of patients claiming for continuing healthcare has placed clinical commissioning groups under increasing financial pressure, with many predicting large overspends.


Rate of care quality improvement slowing, says Nuffield Trust

Is the rate at which quality of care advances in the NHS slowing?

Health think-tank the Nuffield Trust says worsening mental health services and access to hospitals in England points to a decline in NHS quality of care.


CCG and council draw up £1.7bn plan for over-65s

How are CCGs tackling the health needs of older people?

Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group and Croydon Council have agreed to create an integrated health and social care contract for over-65s. 


Government acts to soften ravages of winter pressures

What is the government doing to help A&E during the winter?

Accident and emergency departments could get an extra £280m to tackle an expected rush of activity over the winter months 2014/15.


CQC reveals 'unacceptable' variation in care quality

How much variation in care quality exists in the NHS?

A Care Quality Commission report says variation in quality and safety of care in England is too wide and unacceptable.


Audit boss calls for Welsh to debate how much to spend on NHS

How much should Wales spend on the NHS?

Auditor general for Wales Huw Vaughan Thomas has called for a debate on how much the Welsh Government can afford to spend on the NHS following figures showing the country's health service needed a £200m boost in funding to break even in 2013/14.


Northern Ireland health minister indicates cuts to pharmacy spend

Will pharmacy cuts in Northern Ireland have an impact on prescribing?

Northern Ireland's Health Minister Jim Wells has updated the Assembly on the need for budget cuts amid the continuing financial pressures besetting the province.


Northern Ireland's children's heart surgery to move to Dublin

Will a change in paediatric heart surgery lead to greater cross-border working?

Health minister Jim Wells has told the Northern Ireland Assembly that paediatric cardiac surgery will no longer be carried out in Belfast.


SMC turns down new breast cancer drug

Is the new patient and clinician engagement scheme making a difference to patients in Scotland?

Campaigners expressed disappointment this week when the Scottish Medicines Consortium decided not to recommend Kadcyla for HER-2 positive breast cancer patients on the basis of cost effectiveness.


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