• Screening committee recommends trial of testing babies for SCID

    8 December 2017

    Following a review of the evidence, the independent expert screening committee recommends that screening for severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) should be trialled in the NHS.

    SCID refers to a number of rare inherited conditions which affect the development of a baby’s white blood cells – these are an important part of the immune system and make it difficult for babies to fight infections. Around 15 to 25 babies are born with the condition every year in the UK. The treatment is a bone marrow transplant, which can repair the damaged immune system.

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  • Substance misuse services

    6 December 2017

    A CQC briefing looks at the quality and safety of clinics offering residential services for people withdrawing from drugs or alcohol. It presents the concerns identified during inspections, an example of good practice and a number of actions and recommendations.

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  • Care homes market study: final report

    6 December 2017

    This report outlines the findings of a government review into whether the residential care homes sector is working well for older people and their families. It warns that the current system is unsustainable without additional funding and that the sector needs to grow substantially to keep up with demographic change.

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  • Government proposals on children and young people's mental health

    6 December 2017

    The government has published proposals to improve mental health support for children and young people in England backed by £300m in funding.

    The government is asking people for their views on the planned measures, which are set out in a green paper.

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  • Guidance for CCGs on tackling health inequalities

    6 December 2017

    NHS England has published a guide to help CCGs identify variation in emergency admissions.

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