NHS

The National Health Service in England provides free healthcare for all, based on need, not on ability to pay. The Department publishes strategies and policies on wide ranging issues that are relevant for the NHS including modernisation, innovation, patient safety and resources for NHS managers.

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Ensuring an open NHS culture

The Secretary of State for Health has written to chairs of all NHS trusts to remind them of the importance of ensuring an open culture within the NHS. His letter … Read more → – Ensuring an open NHS culture

Local decision-making around fluoridation of drinking water: consultation responses

The summary of responses to the consultation on arrangements for future decision-making on the fluoridation of drinking water has been published. The department received 136 responses to the original consultation … Read more → – Local decision-making around fluoridation of drinking water: consultation responses

HIV outpatient pathway updated guidance available

Further guidance is being published to support the implementation of the mandatory adult HIV outpatient and Payment by Results currency. This documentation replaces the previously published guidance. HIV outpatients – … Read more → – HIV outpatient pathway updated guidance available

Personal health budgets DVD now available to professionals

“Three years on: Stories from the pilot programme”, a DVD of patient and clinician experiences with personal health budgets, is now available to health and social care professionals. Seven patients, … Read more → – Personal health budgets DVD now available to professionals

New national pledge to improve children’s health and reduce child deaths

A new pledge about making improvements to the health of children and young people has been launched today. The pledge is part of the government’s response to the Children and … Read more → – New national pledge to improve children’s health and reduce child deaths

NHS information service for parents reaches 100,000 signups

More than 100,000 people have already signed up to receive online advice about looking after their baby – and a quarter of these are fathers. The NHS Information Service for … Read more → – NHS information service for parents reaches 100,000 signups

Cold weather alert: level 2 issued

The Met Office has forecast that in at least the next 2 to 3 days there is a 60% chance of severe cold weather in the North West, South West, … Read more → – Cold weather alert: level 2 issued