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Diabetes UK report slams inpatient safety
12 Oct 2018

What's wrong with the patient safety for diabetes patients? Diabetes UK has called on providers and commissioners to improve the safety of inpatient care for diabetes patients following an analysis of National Diabetes Inpatient Audit data. The call comes in a report titled Making hospitals...

Trusts complain that efficiency measures are unsustainable
12 Oct 2018

What are providers' thoughts on long-term efficiency measures? Providers want changes to the NHS efficiency strategy to be included in the upcoming NHS long-term plan. After surveying 54% of trusts in England, NHS Providers says the thinking is that current methods of driving efficiency,...

CQC boss says patients face 'integration lottery'
12 Oct 2018

How is the health and care sector faring in England? Care Quality Commission (CQC) researchers say people's experience of healthcare depends on where they live and how well the local systems work together. IN its annual State of care report the CQC says that ineffective collaboration between...

DHSC wants no-deal Brexit supply chain assessment
12 Oct 2018

How will a no-deal Brexit hit the supply chain? The government will tell trusts to examine the potential effects of a no-deal Brexit on the supply chain. The Department of Health and Social Care wants to know how the UK leaving the EU without a deal would impact the healthcare sector's...

Medicines regulator seeks views on plan for no-deal Brexit
12 Oct 2018

Will consultation regulation following a no-deal Brexit lead to more certainty? The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has opened a consultation on how it should continue to operate its regulatory processes if the UK leaves the EU with a 'no-deal'. The agency...

CDF agrees to fund promising CAR-T treatment
12 Oct 2018

Is axicabtagene ciloleucel the beginning of a personalised cancer treatment revolution? A cancer drugs fund access agreement between Gilead and NHS England is to make an expensive personalised cancer treatment available to patients in England. The treatment would have cost nearly £300,000...

NHS Improvement sets out payment system proposals
12 Oct 2018

What changes are likely for the national payment system? NHS England and NHS Improvement have set out proposed changes to the national tariff payment system for 2019/20. The proposals relate to the: duration of the tariff payment approach for emergency care market forces...

More needs to be done for children's mental health says NAO
12 Oct 2018

Will report make any difference? Although the government has made a start in bringing children's and young people's mental health services in line with physical health services there is still a long way to go to ensure equal access of care, says a report by the National Audit Office (NAO). ...

Community pharmacists in Northern Ireland claim they are on the brink of closure
12 Oct 2018

Is community pharmacy in Northern Ireland in crisis? Community pharmacists in Northern Ireland (CPNI) has called for urgent action to address a funding crisis, claiming that some pharmacies are on the brink of closure. Community Pharmacy NI claims that services are underfunded to the tune...

Drugs for leukaemia and cancer accepted for use in Scotland
12 Oct 2018

Has greater patient involvement improved access to new medicines in Scotland? Patients in Scotland are to get access to new drugs for leukaemia and arthritis following a ruling from the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC). In its latest advice, the SMC has accepted Gemtuzumab ozogamicin (Mylotarg)...