The National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN) and Macmillan Cancer Support are working in partnership and have launched a programme to develop a better understanding of people living with cancer and patient care pathways.
The King’s Fund has issued its latest quarterly monitoring report, “How is the Health and Social Care System Performing?”, which says its survey of NHS trust finance directors, clinical commissioning (CC) leads and adult social services directors suggests a worrying rise in pessimism.
Care England, the umbrella body for English care providers formed from a merger of the National Care Association and English Community Care Association, has warned that GPs charging care homes retainer fees for NHS care for their residents is “unacceptable” and must end.
British Medical Association (BMA) leaders have written to the Department of Health (DH) requesting confirmation of the continuing provision of support for GPs and NHS staff suffering stress and burnout.
In January 2014, a leaflet entitled “Better Information Means Better Care” will be sent to every household in England as part of a £2 million publicity campaign to inform the public about how information in medical records is used for purposes beyond direct patient care, including in the Care.data programme and for research.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is in the process of issuing fixed penalty notices (FPNs) to care providers who have been without a registered manager for more than eight months where one is required as a condition of registration.
Health minister Lord Howe has announced that more detailed plans on migrant charges for NHS services will be published in March this year, but that GP and nurse consultations will remain free, with the introduction of new charges for other services.
A report by the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee has said GPs must start collecting anonymous data on patients who could be addicted to prescription drugs in an important first step towards tackling the problem that is affecting 1.5 million possible addicts.
A government-funded Malnutrition Prevention Project is to be launched in five pilot areas this month and will be run by the Malnutrition Task Force, a group of experts formed last year to address preventable malnutrition and dehydration in older people.