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NICE to review costs of new specialised medicines
19 May 2017

How is NHS England seeking to control medicines costs in specialised care? NHS England is reported to have asked the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence to routinely analyse the 'finance impact' of new potential treatments for use in specialised care. A document seen...

Political parties' manifestos reveal NHS spending pledges
19 May 2017

Which of the political parties has the answer to NHS financial conundrum? A Labour Party manifesto pledge to invest £30bn in the English NHS would still leave a funding shortage on what is needed of £7bn by 2020/21, says the Health Foundation. The think-tank says the promise would...

Keep cash and data flowing, urges charity
19 May 2017

How will NHS data inform election promises? Waiting times are worse than they have been for five years, but quality of care for the big killers is holding steady, according to an election briefing issued by a healthcare improvement charity. In a 20-page document, the Health Foundation called...

Politicians should not prop up old models of care, says think-tank boss
19 May 2017

Is 'good local politics' jeopardising care improvements? Politicians should support changes to hospital services, even if the local people feel strongly about preserving them, says a healthcare expert. Chris Ham, chief executive of the King’s Fund think-tank, speaking to the...

Government should commit to NHS funding, urges NHS Confederation
19 May 2017

Would a commitment to NHS funding levels and better transparency improve patient outcomes? The NHS Confederation wants an Office for Budget Responsibility and Health (OBHR) and a firm NHS funding target from the next government to improve the service on the scale needed. The OBHR would provide...

Health and wellbeing of children forgotten in STPs
19 May 2017

Will better planning for children's health improve the future prosperity of the nation? Apart from reference to mental health, there is little mention of the needs of infants, children and young people in most of the 44 sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) put together by local councils...

RCS demands more transparency over private healthcare safety
19 May 2017

Should there be an equal focus on patient safety in both the private and public sectors? Royal College of Surgeons bosses have issued an open letter calling for 'an equal focus on patient safety in both the private and public sectors'. They say there is poorer public availability of...

SIGN seeks feedback on pharmacological treatment of migraine
19 May 2017

Will new guideline change migraine treatment in Scotland? The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) is seeking feedback on its proposed guideline on the pharmacological management of migraine. An open consultation meeting will be held in Edinburgh on 15 June and topics will include...

Scheme to rationalise dental procurement launched in Scotland
19 May 2017

Does launch of dental scheme herald greater focus on collaborative procurement in Scotland? An NHS-run collaborative procurement scheme for dentists in Scotland aims to use bulk buying power to cut spend on essentials like hygiene products, impression materials and instruments. Called DenPro,...

Leaked Labour manifesto promises radical plans for health
12 May 2017

Will Labour get the chance to implement its radical manifesto proposals? A Labour Party government would repeal the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and halt the 44 sustainability and transformation plans, redrawing them 'with a focus on patient need rather than available finances'. The...