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Our aim is to improve the health and well-being of people in England. Here you will find the latest on the Department's work, as well as health and social care guidance, publications and policy.

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National Health Service (Charges To Overseas Visitors) Regulations 1989: Consultation
Summary Of Outcome
HSC 2003/012
Maintaining High Professional Standards in the Modern NHS: a framework for the initial handling of concerns about doctors and dentists in the NHS
Care Standards Act 2000: Changes proposed to Regulations and National Minimum Standards relating to Adult Placements - Accountability of Adult Placement Schemes. Consultation

January 2004 Drug Tariff
The Prescription Pricing Authority advise of a delay in the publication of the January 2004 edition of the Drug Tariff

Guidance on the use of the delegation of charging powers provided in The NHS Bodies and Local Authorities Partnership Arrangements (Amendment) (England) Regulation 2003 [SI 2003/629]: Consultation
Reforming the NHS complaints procedure - Consultation on the draft Regulations
Residential Care Charges - Consultation Paper- April 2004 changes
Securing Good Health for the Whole Population: Population Health Trends
Derek Wanless, December 2003

New publications


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Building on the Best
Choice, Responsiveness and Equity in the NHS
December 2003
Chief Executive's Report to the NHS December 2003
3 December 2003
INDEPENDENCE MATTERS: an overview of the performance of social care services for physically and sensory disabled people
House of Commons Health Committee 7th Report of Session 2002-03
The Government response to the House of Commons Health Committee 7th Report of Session 2002-03: 'Patient and Public Involvement in the NHS'
The NHS Cancer Plan: Three year progress report - Maintaining the momentum
Improving older people's services: an overview of performance


Chief Medical Officer
CMO Urgent communications, Reports & publications, Progress reports, Quotes, Updates, Letters, Features


International Issues
EU health, Global health, Commonwealth, Council of Europe

Chief Nursing Officer
CNO bulletin, What's new, Events, Publications, NHS careers, Advisory groups
  Health Advice for Travellers
Medical cover, Form E111, Worldwide treatment
Chief Dental Officer
CDO's Digest, Modernising dentistry , IT for NHS dentistry in the 21st Century
  Press Releases
Last seven days, Archive, Search
Chief Health Professions Officer
Allied health professions, AHP Bulletin, Prescribing guidance
Circulars, Publications Library
Information Asset Register

Social Services Inspectorate
About SSI inspection, Local SSI report listings



Executive Agencies
Medicines and Healthcare Products, NHS Estates, NHS Pensions, NHS Purchasing & Supplies



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