Due North: Report of the Inquiry on Health Equity for the North, Centre for Local Economic Strategies
“The North of England has persistently had poorer health than the rest of England and the gap has continued to widen over four decades and under five governments. … The aim of this inquiry is to develop recommendations for policies that can address the social inequalities in health within the North and between the North and the rest of England.” (p.6)
Key data used by the NHS and local councils to monitor performance and shape services
“Between two and four clinical commissioning groups will be selected “in the coming weeks” to begin the pathfinder stage of the care.data programme. The pathfinders will test different communication strategies before moving forward with the data extraction part of the project.”
Ehealth Insider news item
“There is wide variation in the extent to which £79 billion in central funding allocated to local health bodies differs from target allocations that are based on relative need. This is NAO’s first report on funding since the 2013 health reforms took effect.”
NAO report ‘Funding healthcare: Making allocations to local areas”
“The National Health Action Party has announced it’s fielding candidates in a dozen constituencies across the country, with further candidates coming soon.” Webpage
The National Health Action Party is a new political party set up to defend the NHS and its values.
“The 2015 General Election comes at a critical time for health and care services. The pressures on the whole system have never been greater. This manifesto sets out what we believe are the essential components of a new health and care system and how they might look and be experienced by people using and working in health and care, and the wider public. It also sets out some shared ‘asks’ of politicians and policymakers that are essential to achieve this vision.”
Organisations signing up are:
Academy of Medical Royal Colleges; Association of Directors of Adult Social Services; Age UK; Association of Directors of Public Health; Asthma UK; British Heart Foundation; Chartered Society of Physiotherapy; College of Emergency Medicine; Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management; Foundation Trust Network; Healthcare Financial Management Association; Institute of Healthcare Management; Local Government Association; Macmillan Cancer Support; National Voices; NHS Confederation; Royal College of General Practitioners; Royal College of Nursing; Royal College of Physicians; Royal Society for Public Health; Scope
Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust terminated its contract for cataract ops with Vanguard Healthcare after4 days as ~50% of patients treated suffered adverse effects. One person lost his sight.
BBC News story
“The private company Serco is to withdraw from providing clinical services in the United Kingdom, having experienced heavy financial losses on its NHS contracts.”
BMJ News item
The King’s Fund has published the final report of the Commission on the Future of the Health and Social Care in England (the Barker report), ‘A New Settlement for Health and Social Care’.