Ten challenging questions about the White Paper

The coalition government’s White Paper on the NHS is expected to be published shortly. The White Paper will contain far-reaching proposals to increase choice and competition, strengthen the commissioning of health care, give NHS providers more autonomy, and establish an independent commissioning board. We believe the White Paper will need to answer some difficult questions […]

Differences in the nation’s health revealed…

On 6th July 2010, Department of Health released details of health profiles for each local area in England comparing key statistics such as life expectancy, deprivation and early deaths from stroke and heart disease has been published today by the Department of Health. The health profiles will help local authorities, GPs and health services to […]

Questions raised about the Lansley blue-print for GP-Commissioning

It is starting to look like there’s a row brewing. Last week reports were made on Andrew Lansley’s speech and the tussle he seems to be having with the Treasury about his plans to hand over a shed-load of cash, to GPs, to let them have a go at commissioning, without any apparent safeguards. At the same conference NHS boss, […]

More power to the patient

Patients will be offered more choice and control over their healthcare with the launch of the first direct payment scheme, Care Services Minister Paul Burstow announced on 28 June 2010. Eight Primary Care Trusts will begin to road test direct payments for personal health budgets. This will allow Primary Care Trusts to give the money […]

BREAKING NEWS – Public Meeting Agenda Change

The agenda for this evenings Hillingdon LINk Public Meeting has been changed.    The new “hot topic” for discussion will now be: “The impact and implications on our health and social care   services, in light of the radical policy changes proposed by the new  Health Secretary , Andrew Lansley.”   Due to the enormous potential implications on services […]

Care Quality Commission – Voices Into Action

Your views of dentists and independent ambulance services  All primary dental care services (or dentists) and independent ambulance services must be registered with CQC from April 2011.  This includes dentists who do NHS work, private work or a mixture of both. Independent ambulance services include any vehicles designed for the main purpose of carrying someone […]

Health Secretary sets new challenges for the NHS

  21 June 2010 09:25 Department of Health   (National)  – NHS must accelerate cuts in management costs – – Targets removed as focus shifts to outcomes – The NHS will begin to make immediate efficiency savings by tackling escalating management costs in order to meet the increasing demands on NHS services, Health Secretary Andrew […]

Hospitals Face Penalties For Readmissions

The Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley has announced that hospitals will be held responsible for patients’ health and well-being for up to a month after they are discharged, As part of a series of major reforms, hospitals will be penalised financially if patients have to be readmitted within 30 days because their conditions were not treated properly. About 500,000 patients […]

Care Quality Commission News – June 2010

  New advice for mental health patients If you or somebody close to you has their rights restricted under the Mental Health Act you may be interested in new advice on our website. We have produced new guidance on the rights of people detained in hospital, made subject to community treatment orders and also outlined […]