NHS England would like health devolution deals to take 18 months from expression of interest to full implementation, to allow appropriate time for an informed decision to be made.

Public Health England (PHE), NHS England and NHS Right Care have launched the new ‘Atlas of Variation in Healthcare’ to help commissioners, providers and health professionals improve the delivery of healthcare.

Part of Public Health England (PHE) will be relocated to a new £350 million facility in a bid to improve connectivity and collaboration with academia.

NHS Providers has launched a new publication, as well as an infographic and supporting blog, which sets out its vision to expand the role of NHS community health services.

‘Health Matters’, a new resource for for public health professionals designed to support commissioning and delivering services across local areas, has been launched by Public Health England (PHE).

The Department of Health has announced that it will review the amount it pays to private care providers for nursing services.

A government consultation paper has set out plans for greater collaboration between emergency services.

MPs voted against changing the laws on assisted dying, which would allow terminally ill patients end their lives with the help of doctors.

A debate on whether some terminally ill people in England and Wales should be allowed to end their lives with medical supervision is to be brought before the Commons for MPs to debate.

Consultants in England have agreed to re-enter contract negotiations, including reforms to the right to opt out of weekend work, following a government commitment to better contractual safeguards.

Approximately 1,000 nurses from outside of the European Union have been rejected by the Home Office with a further 1,000 nurses expected to apply to work in the UK in the next six months, says NHS Employers.

Parliament has decided against debating a vote of no confidence in Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, despite a petition attracting 220,000 signatures.

A new deal being finalised could give NHS patients in Kent the option to go to France for a number of procedures and treatments.

Former Minister for Community and Social Care Norman Lamb has been appointed as the chair of a new West Midlands commission on mental health.

Monitor, the health sector regulator, has launched an investigation into the financial sustainability of the Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

The Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) will cut funding for 16 drugs currently used to treat 27 separate treatments, from 4 November.

A report published by the National Children’s Bureau has found wide variations based on location in the health of children under the age of five, including obesity levels tooth decay.

As new figures on ‘weekend deaths’ are published, medical chiefs have said that the case for improving hospital care at weekends in England is ‘simply unassailable’.


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