New GP out of hours number launched

Patients in Hillingdon who need to see a doctor outside normal surgery hours will be able to call a specialist out of hours care service. 0300 130 3018 Weekdays: Monday to Friday: 6:30pm to 8:00am Weekends and Bank Holidays: 24 hours The new number was launched by NHS Hillingdon  from 6.30pm Friday, 30 July, in partnership with […]

Giving power to local people

Published date: 22 July 2010 Local Democratic Legitimacy in Health Commissioning For Patients How local NHS, public health, and care services will be shaped Local people and professionals will have much more say in shaping healthcare in their areas – and NHS, social care and public health services will work closer together.  The Government is […]

Health White Paper: Andrew Lansley's speech to parliament

DoH White Paper July 2010 DoH White Paper July 2010 Analytical strategy 12 Jul 10 Read health secretary Andrew Lansley’s speech to the House of Commons on the future of the NHS. With permission, Mr Speaker, I would like to make a statement on the future of the National Health Service. The NHS is one […]

Health Secretary annouces review into palliative care funding

A new review into the funding of palliative care was announced today by the Secretary of State for Health, Andrew Lansley, in a speech to the International Carers Conference in Leeds. The review, chaired by Tom Hughes-Hallett, Chief Executive of Marie Curie Cancer Care, will look at how Government can make sure that the money […]

Biggest revolution in the NHS for 60 years

By Andrew Porter, Political Editor Daily Telegraph Published: 8:10AM BST 09 Jul 2010 Doctors are to be given sole responsibility for overseeing front-line care to patients under Coalition plans described as the biggest revolution in the NHS since its foundation 60 years ago. About £80billion will be distributed to family GPs in a move that […]

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 […]