• Localised community outbreaks of influenza in the out of season period

    19 June 2017

    NHS Clinical Commissioners and its members have worked with NHS England and Public Health England to develop a new system where clinical commissioning groups facilitate the NHS response to localised community outbreaks of influenza in the out of season period.

    Following the central alerting system (CAS) alert which states that GPs and other primary care prescribers should no longer prescribe antiviral medicines for influenza on FP10 prescription forms, CCGs should ensure that arrangements are commissioned for assessment of exposed persons and completion of patient specific directions (PSD) to rapidly supply antiviral medicines. CCGs should notify their local Public Health England (PHE) centre flu lead as to how these arrangements are activated, including out of hours.

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  • NHS moves to end “fractured” care system

    19 June 2017

    The head of NHS England has pledged to end the “fractured” health and social care system that leaves too many patients “passed from pillar to post” by giving local leaders and communities more control over how they improve health and social care.

    Simon Stevens announced nine areas in England – covering 7million people – which will be the forefront of nationwide action to provide joined up, better coordinated care breaking down the barriers between GPs and hospitals, physical and mental healthcare, social care and the NHS.

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  • More A&E funding to help hospitals prepare for winter

    16 June 2017

    The secretary of state for health Jeremy Hunt has announced a second wave of funding to ease pressure on hospital emergency departments ahead of next winter.

    Mr Hunt will confirm that a further £20.74m has been awarded to 27 hospitals in England, which follows an initial £55.98m given to 70 hospitals in April. This money is part of the dedicated funding announced in the spring budget to ensure local A&Es are prepared for the additional demands that winter brings.

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  • NHS expenditure

    16 June 2017

    A parliamentary briefing documents NHS expenditure since 1948. It also contains a summary of the structure of the NHS and how it is financed.

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  • Breast cancer drug to be routinely available on the NHS

    16 June 2017

    NHS chief Simon Stevens has announced that NHS England has struck a deal with Roche, also endorsed by NICE, to make the breast cancer drug Kadcyla available for routine use on the NHS.

    Speaking at the NHS Confederation conference in Liverpool, Simon Stevens said: “NHS cancer survival rates are now at record highs, and this year we’re going to be making major upgrades to modern radiotherapy treatments in every part of England.

    “NHS England is also taking practical action to drive greater value from taxpayers growing investment in modern drug treatments, and that work is beginning to bear fruit.”

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