Reversing the tide of the UK tuberculosis epidemic

21 October 2013

A primary-care based screening programme could help tackle TB in the UK according to a comment from Public Health England (PHE) published in The Lancet.

London has the highest rate of TB of any western European capital and the UK will have more TB cases than the USA within two years, if current trends continue.

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The NHS under the coalition government

27 March 2015

The King's Fund report looks at how well the NHS has performed under the coalition government.

It draws on surveys of patient and staff experience, data on outcomes, safety and quality of care, and analysis of NHS productivity and financial performance.

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Adult autism strategy statutory guidance

27 March 2015

The statutory guidance updates original guidance issued under the Autism Act 2009 and the subsequent adult autism strategy. It accounts for progress and updates to the strategy made since 2010, and recent legislation like the Care Act 2014 and the Children and Families Act 2014.

The guidance sets out requirements for local authorities and NHS organisations. It reminds them to work together and with partners, for example, in the criminal justice system or helping people with autism into employment. It provides clarity about what they have to do to meet the needs of adults with autism, including preventative support and safeguarding.

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Chair of the national maternity review announced

27 March 2015

Baroness Julia Cumberlege is to lead a major review of maternity services which is set to modernise care for women and babies across the country.

The programme of work will assess current maternity care provision and consider how services should be developed to meet the changing needs of women and babies.

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CCG assurance framework 2015/16

27 March 2015

The new CCG assurance framework for 2015/16 has been published.

The new framework describes the assurance process which supports CCGs to commission safe, high quality and cost effective services for patients. It includes a strengthened focus on a CCG’s performance in delivering improvements for patients, as well as assessment of its capability to deliver core and additional delegated responsibilities.

The framework will be underpinned by additional documents which will be published later in the spring following further detailed engagement with stakeholders.

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Improving health and care

26 March 2015

Since 2010 there are 9,500 more doctors and 6,900 more nurses, according to the latest workforce statistics.

The statistics are published by the Department of Health as evidence of the government’s commitment to improving NHS services.

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