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Extra money to help people leaving hospital

A one-off additional £150m will be allocated to Primary Care Trusts in England, for immediate transfer to local authorities for investment in social care services which also benefit the health … Read more → – Extra money to help people leaving hospital

New start date and more funding announced for local HealthWatch bodies

Further details on the establishment of local HealthWatch bodies, including a new start date and extra funding, have been set out by Health Minister Andrew Lansley. Following feedback from local … Read more → – New start date and more funding announced for local HealthWatch bodies

Smokers get help to quit

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A national TV and radio advertising campaign has been launched today to encourage smokers to quit. From today smokers can pick up a new and improved NHS Quit Kit from … Read more → – Smokers get help to quit

Tobacco displays in supermarkets to be removed by 6 April

Large shops will no longer be able to display tobacco products to the public from 6 April 2012 – there are just 100 days to go before removal of all … Read more → – Tobacco displays in supermarkets to be removed by 6 April

NHS Standard Contract 2012/13 available

The NHS Standard Contract for 2012/13 is published today and brings together the previous four core contracts into a single restructured contract. The contract is for use by commissioners when … Read more → – NHS Standard Contract 2012/13 available

Caring for our future engagement

The Caring for our future engagement ran from 15 September until 2 December. It saw numerous discussions taking place across the country, and the Department of Health is currently working through all … Read more → – Caring for our future engagement

Guidance on sharing data on overseas visitors’ debts to the NHS

The guidance on implementing the overseas visitors hospital charging regulations has been updated to advise NHS bodies how, and under what circumstances, they can share data concerning outstanding overseas visitor … Read more → – Guidance on sharing data on overseas visitors’ debts to the NHS