Delayed move to value-based pricing criticised Swift decision-making to enable a smooth transition to a system of value-based pricing for drugs used by the NHS must now be taken, the Health Select Committee has concluded, following its inquiry into NICE. Practice nurses face redundancy due to changes to GMS contract Practice nurse jobs are under threat due to proposed changes to the GMS contract, a survey of GPs has revealed. CCGs authorised without nurse representation News that some CCGs authorised in the first wave by the NHS Commissioning Board (NHSCB) do not yet have an executive nurse has been branded 'disappointing' by the RCN. Clinical news roundup In-depth analysis of the latest research, compiled by Mark Greener Care Quality Commission has 'much to do' to earn public confidence The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has 'much to do' to earn public confidence, the Health Select Committee has warned. Inquiry launched to improve support for people with dementia in minority ethnic groups The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia has launched an inquiry exploring the current provision of support for people living with dementia in minority ethnic groups in the UK. NICE guidelines launched on risks and causes of hepatitis B and C NICE has issued guidelines highlighting the need to tackle ignorance about the risk factors and causes of hepatitis B and C, and misconceptions about its treatment if barriers to effective testing of those at increased risk of infection are to be overcome BMA calls for extention of HPV vaccination programme to young gay men The BMA has called on the DH to extend the HPV vaccination programme to young gay men. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health warns of threat from vitamin D deficiency The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) has warned vitamin D deficiency - thought to affect at least half the UK's white population, up to 90% of the multi-ethnic population and a quarter of children - is resulting in higher incidences o Nurses urged to put forward views on proposed changes to GMS contract Nurses have been formally invited to consult on proposed changes to the GMS contract, outlined by health secretary Jeremy Hunt. Christmas over-indulgence cuts days off life expectancy Despite the fact December is a time to 'eat, drink and be merry', each day of over-indulging can take several hours off a person's life, according to the British Medical Journal. COPD audit aims to drive collaborative approach to patient care A national chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) audit programme for England and Wales has been launched at the British Thoracic Society Winter meeting. Expanding community-based care is 'fundamental' to making future NHS savings The DH has reported that the NHS achieved ?5.8 billion of savings in 2011-12, virtually all of the forecast total of ?5.9 billion. But there is consensus that service transformation, such as expanding community-based care, is fundamental to making future Nurses urged to address the 'burden' on diabetes patients' families The physical, financial and emotional burden of diabetes is carried by the entire family, not just by the person with diabetes, according to the DAWN2 global survey. Need to address co-morbidities in rheumatoid arthritis patients The Government has been urged to take urgent action to improve management for rheumatoid arthritis patient after a report has revealed 80% of people with rheumatoid arthritis suffer from one or more co-morbidity. 'Significant variations' in quality of primary care in London There are significant variations in the quality of primary care in London, according to a new report commissioned by NHS London from The King's Fund and Imperial College London. DH and NHS Commissioning Board unveil three-year vision for nursing The chief nursing officer and director of nursing have published a three-year vision and strategy for nursing, midwifery and care staff that aims to build the culture of compassionate care in all areas of practice. Communities must help tackle obesity NICE has published a pathway which sets out how local communities can work together to prevent overweight and obesity, with support from local organisations and networks. Nursing 'skills drain' from public health Skilled nursing staff must be retained by local authorities during the transition from NHS to local authority health planning, according to RCN general secretary Dr Peter Carter. Lack of strategies for end-of-life care Only 38 (46 per cent) of 83 newly-created Health and Wellbeing Boards with public strategies have considered the needs of dying people, the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) has found. National standards for specialist care Patients requiring specialised treatment are to be promised the same level and standards of care across England, following the publication of the NHS Commissioning Board's operating model for commissioning specialised services. Care home failings will hit district nurses District nurses could be left to pick up the pieces following 'disappointing and widespread' failures by care providers to meet the challenges posed by caring for people with complex conditions, the Queen's Nursing Institute has warned. CMO urges focus on public health to prevent life-limiting diseases Nearly 70 per cent of people in England have two or more habits or medical risk factors linked to life-limiting diseases; these must be tackled jointly by health professionals, rather than addressed individually, chief medical officer (CMO) Professor Dame DH backs Institute of Health Visiting launch The Institute of Health Visiting (iHV), founded last week, will promote best practice across the profession, according to DH director of nursing Professor Viv Bennett. NHS progress in jeopardy as it enters 'period of significant risk' 'Neither competition nor commissioning reform alone' can be relied upon to make the improvements needed to save the NHS from 'treacherous waters' ahead, according to a report from independent health charity The King's Fund.