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Spending review: ‘Public health grant has been continually deprioritised’

Ahead of the Government’s Spending Review next week (27 October), Healthcare Leader spoke with the Health Foundation’s David Finch about cuts to the public health grant and what’s needed to resolve a potential ‘public health backlog’. Mr Finch is assistant director in the Healthy Lives directorate which researches factors associated with wider detriments to health. […]

NHS structure is ‘misaligned’ with plan to tackle health inequalities, think tank says

The ‘centralised’ structure of the NHS is ‘misaligned’ with its broader ambition to tackle health inequality, a think tank has claimed. In its new blueprint, published today (19 October), the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) outlined areas where policy incentives are ‘misaligned with an ambition to tackle health inequality’ in order to try and […]

LMC recommends GPs ‘do not participate’ in NHSE plan

Pulse exclusive An LMC has advised practices ‘not to participate in any aspect’ of NHS England’s measures to improve access to general practice. The plans have ‘no contractual standing’ and there is ‘no requirement’ for practices to engage or respond, Surrey and Sussex LMCs (SSLMCs) said in a letter sent to local practices yesterday. The […]

Transferring CCG powers to PCNs delayed to October 2022

The transfer of select commissioning powers from CCGs to PCNs will be delayed for the second time until October 2022, NHS England has said. The planned transfer of CCG-commissioned extended access services to PCNs will now be postponed by a further six months, as part of measures designed to support ‘core general practice capacity’ over […]

Practices told to cut social distancing to 1m

General practices should reduce social distancing from 2 metres to 1 metre to help improve access to GPs, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has recommended. The statement comes as part of the authority’s review into the current infection prevention and control guidance (IPC), which was referred to in NHS England’s £250m-backed GP access plan […]

PCN clinical directors urged to ‘influence and provoke’

Clinical directors were urged to highlight the wider issues that impact the health of their patients at the inaugural Pulse PCN conference in Manchester last week. In his session on population health management (PHM), chief medical director at Manchester and Trafford local care organisation, Dr Sohail Munshi, urged network leaders to ‘influence and provoke’ the […]

Health leaders ‘dismayed’ at NHSE’s £250m GP winter funding

The NHS has announced winter funding of £250m for general practice to ‘increase the proportion of appointments delivered face to face’, it has announced today. But the BMA has said that the package is ‘flawed and patient care will suffer as a result’. A statement released by NHS England has said the money can be […]

Over a third of doctors feel unprepared for winter, survey finds

Almost 40% (36%) of doctors believe their organisation is not prepared for winter, a survey by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has found. The research, which surveyed 866 RCP fellows and members, also found that 27% of doctors feel personally unprepared, while almost two-thirds feel tired or exhausted. Just over 32% were pessimistic about […]

Social care should be more prominent in the DHSC, report says

The prominence of social care within the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) should ‘be enhanced’, a report into the UK’s initial response to the pandemic has said. The report, Coronavirus: lessons learned to date, released today (12 October), said that social care had a ‘less prominent’ voice in the Government in the early […]

‘One in 10’ adults on course to live with diabetes ‘by 2030’

Unless urgent action is taken to reverse rising case numbers, one in 10 adults will be living with diabetes by 2030, according to the UK’s leading diabetes charity. Almost 4.1 million people in the UK currently have some form of diabetes, the Diabetes UK said, predicting the figure would rise to 5.5 million by the end […]