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Commercial agreements for 15 drugs have generated over £41m of discounts for the NHS in less than two years, the health minister has said.

Commercial agreements for 15 drugs have generated over £41m of discounts for the NHS in less than two years, the health minister has said.
 
Answering a question on savings made as a result of managed access agreements for new medicines on 17 April, Steve Brine said that cancer drug agreements produced £41m of discounts between July 2016 to March 2018.
 
NHS England would not disclose the drugs in questions because of the confidential nature of the commercial agreements.
 

CCG saved £1.6m by cutting prescribing costs

East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) was struggling to work within its allocated budget in 2015-16.
 
Kevin McCorry, senior pharmacist at North of England Commissioning Support, explains how the CCG managed to save £1.6m by cutting prescribing costs.
 
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CCGs and STPs must increase their spending on mental health services, NHS England has urged.

CCG and STP bosses must increase their spending on mental health services, NHS England has urged.
 
It follows a requirement to meet the mental health investment standard (MHIS), as stated in the Refreshing NHS Plans for 2018-19 document, published in February.
 

Healthcare Leader deputy editor Angela Sharda takes a look into what the NHS pay deal really means

After months of waiting, we finally received the news that 1.3 million staff, including porters, nurses and paramedics, were offered a pay rise of 6.5% over three years, with some getting an increase of as much as 29%.

A 1% pay cap on public sector was imposed by former Chancellor George Osborne in 2015 until2019, although the Government said late last year that it would be scrapping it.

The deal is rather complex and the level of potential pay increase depends on your pay band– but how good is it for NHS staff overall?

Health think tanks have welcomed the Prime Minister’s call to introduce long-term funding plansfor the NHS.

Health think tanks have welcomed the Prime Minister’s call to introduce long-term funding plansfor the NHS.
 
Speaking on 27 March before the Liaison Committee, Theresa May said that she would bring forward ‘a long-term funding plan this year and in advance of next year’s funding review’.
 

The Labour party has confirmed its commitment to ensure a sustainable NHS in the future.

The Labour party has confirmed its commitment to ensure a sustainable NHS in the future.