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NHS England describes contracting for accountable care models
11 Aug 2017

How does NHS England describe the process of contracting for accountable care models?   NHS England has published a report on contracting for accountable care models.   The document describes how some new models of care, such as multispecialty community providers...

NHS could save millions of pounds if general surgery procedures were improved, says report
11 Aug 2017

Would implementing the recommended changes save money and improve patient outcomes?   The Getting It Right First Time programme (GIRFT) has said the introduction of consultant-led surgical assessments 'at the front door' could reduce unnecessary hospital admissions by...

NHS saves millions of pounds through NMS
11 Aug 2017

Will extension of new medicine service create greater savings in the long term?   The new medicine service could lead to more than half a billion pounds in savings for the NHS in the long term, claims a report by three universities.   In a study, the Universities...

Audit shows mortality rate drop for heart failure patients
11 Aug 2017

What is the improvement in the mortality rate for heart failure patients admitted to hospital?   The national heart failure audit says the mortality rate for people admitted to hospital with the condition has dropped, saving around 500 lives in 2015/16 compared to the previous...

GPs go for care contract bid against foundation trusts
11 Aug 2017

Will community care contract go to primary or secondary care providers?   A GP consortium is going up against two foundation trusts bidding to supply adult care services.   NHS Scarborough and Ryedale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) tendered a £80.6m...

NHS trials PrEP for HIV
11 Aug 2017

Could trial pave the way for large-scale HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis scheme?   A three-year trial will see 10,000 people at high risk of HIV infection given pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) on the NHS.   The trial, known as IMPACT, will be funded by NHS England...

Drugs for blood cancer accepted in the NHS in Scotland
11 Aug 2017

Is access to new medicines improving in Scotland?   A drug for leukaemia and one for multiple myeloma have been accepted for routine use in the NHS in Scotland, the Scottish Medicines Consortium has announced.   Carfilzomib (Kyprolis) was accepted for use in combination...

More people going to hospital in Northern Ireland as bed numbers decrease
11 Aug 2017

Is health service in Northern Ireland at breaking point?   Numbers of people admitted to hospital in Northern Ireland are increasing as bed numbers continue to fall.   Figures published by the Department of Health show that there were 615,271 admissions in 2016/17, up 3,435...

NHS chiefs accused of secretiveness over planned £500m CEP cuts
04 Aug 2017

BMA officials have accused senior health service managers in England of refusing to release details of large cuts under the capped expenditure process (CEP) regime. First revealed in April this year, the CEP aims to impose tight financial controls in 13 poorly performing sustainability and transformation...

CMA approves Manchester trusts' merger
04 Aug 2017

Will foundation trusts’ merger in Manchester improve services? The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has concluded that a merger between two Manchester foundation trusts 'will give rise to substantial benefits for the care of patients'. CMA panel members say in their final...