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This response to a joint consultation held on behalf of health
ministers in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on front of
pack nutrition labelling demonstrates the wish for a move towards a more
consistent form of front of pack nutrition labelling.
This letter highlights the main findings from a report by the Fire
and Rescue Service (FRS), into fire safety in the NHS. It follows a fire
incident at a hospital in October 2011, as a result of which the FRS
had planned to prosecute the NHS Trust concerned. It aims to address the
safety concerns raised as well as the issue of criminal liability
following NHS trust mergers.
This report summarises text responses from cancer survivors on how
they feel about their quality of life following diagnosis and treatment.
It is aimed at commissioners, commissioning support units and providers
to help them understand how services may offer appropriate education,
advice and support to the growing numbers of people who are living well,
following completion of cancer treatment.
This letter describes amendments to the NHS Quality Accounts
Regulations 2010. These amendments come into effect from February 2013
and change the reporting requirements for Quality Accounts being
published in June this year.
This letter sets out the requirements for completion and submission
of 2012/13 governance statements for SHAs, PCTs and NHS trusts. The
governance statement records the stewardship of organisations to
supplement the accounts. It also gives a sense of how successfully it
has coped with the challenges it has faced and of how vulnerable
performance is or might be. It also draws together position statements
and evidence on governance, risk management and control.
This notice of the Secretary of State's decision in relation to South
London Healthcare NHS Trust aims to secure sustainable provision of
health services to those patients served by the trust and in the south
east London health economy. It states that the trust will be dissolved,
with each of its hospitals taken over by a neighbouring hospital trust.
These mergers are subject to approval from the relevant regulators. All
3 hospitals within the trust will be required to make the full £74.9
million of efficiencies identified by the Trust Special Administrator.
All vacant or poorly utilised premises will be vacated, and sold where
possible. The Department of Health will pay for the excess costs of the
PFI buildings and write off accumulated debt so that the new
organisations are not saddled with historic debts. It will also
negotiate an appropriate level of transitional funding to cover
This report considers the drivers of spending on health and long-term
care, and asks whether spending must or should consume such large
proportions of GDP in the future, and the fiscal feasibility of this. It
examines the evidence that spending will inexorably rise, considers
projections and high-level modelling of future health spending both in
the United Kingdom and internationally, and debates alternative systems
of assessing current and future spending. It also suggests a need for
engaged and informed public debate about the choices to be made in
future spending on health and social care.
This research paper sets out a theoretical model with regulated
prices which specifies conditions on demand and cost functions which
determine whether a hospital will have higher quality when its rivals
have higher quality. Findings show that a hospital’s quality is
positively associated with the quality of its rivals for seven out of
the sixteen quality measures and that in no case is there a negative
association. Also, in those cases where there is a positive association,
an increase in rivals’ quality by 10% increases a hospital’s quality by
1.7% to 2.9%.
This open letter to member chairs and chief executives ahead of the
publication of the Francis report, due out on 6th February, acknowledges
that poor pockets of care are likely to exist across the NHS.
This paper looks at how the mental health sector could make the most
of opportunities offered by e-mental health. It also gives examples of
how service users, mental health providers and other organisations are
already embracing e-mental health to bring about change.