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Commissioners hit by rising generics costs
08 Dec 2017

Why are generics costs rising and how will it affect commissioners? Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are claiming generic drug prices have increased significantly and are likely to pose a 'significant financial risk' this financial year. Commissioning leaders are reported to have...

West Midlands CCGs begin merger process
08 Dec 2017

Which West Midlands CCGs are going down the merger path? Three more clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are working towards an effective merger through 'meeting in common' from April next year. The CCGs are South Worcestershire, Wyre Forest, and Redditch and Bromsgrove. Health Service...

Life science sector deal to protect NHS patients' access to new treatments
08 Dec 2017

What is happening to promote investment in life sciences in the UK? A deal to place the UK at the forefront of innovative medical technologies could put NHS patients at the head of the queue for new treatments. The life sciences sector deal, announced by the Business Secretary Greg Clarke...

NHS England consults on simplifying research
08 Dec 2017

How can the NHS boost the research environment? An NHS England consultation is looking into how to strengthen, simplify and standardise the research environment in the NHS. Proposals include cutting bureaucracy and faster access to new and innovative treatments, for instance, improving links...

Green paper promises more help for young people with depression
08 Dec 2017

Will new measures make a difference to young people? The government has set out a series of measures it says will help young people with depression and anxiety. Measures in Transforming children and young people's mental health provision, include encouraging every school and college to...

Regulator to halt CHD care if standards missed
08 Dec 2017

What improvements will CHD patients see under new standards? Hospitals that fail to meet proposed congenital heart disease (CHD) standards could be forced to stop providing care to NHS patients. NHS England has revealed how it will reconfigure CHD care in response to a set of quality standards...

Unions deplore vacancies in Scottish hospitals
08 Dec 2017

Will forthcoming workforce plan solve shortages in NHS in Scotland? The Royal College of Nursing and BMA in Scotland have called for action after the latest workforce figures showed increased levels of vacancies among hospital staff. Total vacant consultant posts rose by 11% between September...

Scotland set for at least 800 additional GPs in next decade
08 Dec 2017

Will GPs back Scotland-only contract? Scottish Health Secretary Shona Robison has committed to increasing the numbers of GPs in Scotland by at least 800 in the next 10 years. She made the pledge as GPs consider whether to back the first Scotland-only GP contract, which would see a radical...

More centralised control on the way, Health Secretary suggests
01 Dec 2017

Why is Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt changing his mind on the internal market? Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has given an interview suggesting the internal market and independent foundation trusts have hampered progress on patient safety. Mr Hunt is reported to have told Health Service Journal...

Industrial strategy to boost life sciences and focus on 'ageing society'
01 Dec 2017

Will R&D investment boost life sciences? Life sciences looks set to be one of the first areas to benefit from the government's industrial strategy. In an apparent response to the strategy's launch, pharma giant MSD has announced establishing a life sciences research facility in...