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New network to help development of health and wellbeing boards

Local authorities are being invited to join a network of ‘early implementers’ for health and wellbeing boards. The network will be a way for local authorities to develop their approach with other local areas, to share experiences and learn from … Continue reading

Health and Social Care Bill passes Commons step

Westminster

The Health and Social Care Bill has passed its Second Reading in the House of Commons. Following a six hour debate, the Bill was supported by 321 to 235. The Bill still has further Parliamentary stages to go. >> Follow … Continue reading

GPs give views on health reforms

A survey by the Royal College of General Practitioners provides a snapshot of GPs’ views of the health reforms. According to the survey, which attracted 1,800 responses, more than half of GPs said they were concerned that the Government’s health … Continue reading

Another interesting week…

Dr Shane Gordon

In the first of a series of regular blogs, Dr Shane Gordon, GP in Colchester and chief executive of the North East Essex GP Commissioning Group, gives an insight into preparing for the new commissioning system. Another interesting week begins. … Continue reading

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Delivering better care for patients

GP commissioning pathfinders and Health Secretary Andrew Lansley talk about the ways in which GP commissioning can help deliver better care for patients. They were speaking at a reception at 10 Downing street for the first wave of GP consortia … Continue reading

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Follow the Health and Social Care Bill debate in Parliament

The Health and Social Care Bill will have its Second Reading debate in Parliament today (Monday). The Second Reading, which is due to start around 3.30pm, will be the first opportunity for MPs to debate the main principles of the … Continue reading

Prime Minister on modernising the NHS

If the NHS isn’t modernised, it will become unaffordable, Prime Minister David Cameron says today. Outlining the rising number of people with long-term health conditions and the increasing cost of drugs and treatment, Mr Cameron said: ‘Fail to modernise, and … Continue reading

Health and Social Care Bill Second Reading on Monday

The Health and Social Care Bill is scheduled for a Second Reading debate in Parliament next Monday (January 31). The Second Reading will be the  first opportunity for MPs to debate the main principles of the Bill. The Bill was … Continue reading

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