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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.

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.


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