Health

  • Public Finance
    18 May 00
    Police and health authority investigations have been launched in Greater Manchester following allegations that a finance manager at a GP practice has been giving medical advice to patients.
  • Public Finance
    18 May 00
    Employment minister Margaret Hodge has revealed that the government is to set up four pilot schemes to examine ways of getting ill and disabled people off sickness benefits and back into work.
  • Public Finance
    11 May 00
    The Audit Commission this week exposed 'unacceptable variations' in councils' charging policies for home care, and called on the government to produce formal guidance to ensure a more consistent...
  • Public Finance
    11 May 00
    The government should stop 'tinkering' with the funding of long-term care for the elderly and implement fundamental reforms that clearly state what levels of care pensioners can expect from public...
  • Public Finance
    11 May 00
    Guidance from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence that a range of anti-cancer drugs should be available across England and Wales must be backed with hard cash, pharmaceutical manufacturers...
  • Public Finance
    11 May 00
    A landmark pay victory for speech and language therapists is a reminder of the importance of establishing a modern health service salary structure, according to the NHS Confederation.
  • Public Finance
    11 May 00
    Most Whitehall departments have delivered on the myriad targets set out in the Public Service Agreements, despite the fact that Treasury Chief secretary Andrew Smith believed them to be too...
  • Public Finance
    27 Apr 00
    The government is aiming to bring about up to 1,000 extra adoptions a year, with Prime Minister Tony Blair weighing in with a plea for a national register.
  • Public Finance
    27 Apr 00
    Knowsley Borough Council is facing legal action for compensation from the family of a boy killed by a mentally ill man who four days earlier had been deemed not to need social services support or...
  • Public Finance
    27 Apr 00
    Generic drugs manufacturers this week hit back at government allegations that they were 'ripping off' the NHS. Prices rose by a third between April and December last year while the number of generics...
  • Public Finance
    20 Apr 00
    The government must introduce legislation to help improve adoption services and deliver a joined-up approach, the Local Government Association said this week.
  • Public Finance
    20 Apr 00
    The NHS should become a public corporation at arm's length from government, with its own board and operational freedom, according to a new commission of independent experts.
  • Public Finance
    20 Apr 00
    The NHS could save up to £53m a year by becoming more efficient at hip replacement operations, the National Audit Office said this week in a report which slams the huge variations in the standards...
  • Public Finance
    20 Apr 00
    Junior doctors have backed away from taking industrial action over pay and hours of work after a conference in Birmingham reluctantly endorsed a Department of Health package that could cost the NHS...
  • Public Finance
    20 Apr 00
    Just as the NHS is becoming accustomed to the government's burgeoning reform demands, the National Audit Office decides to roll up its sleeves and join the modernisation melee.
  • Public Finance
    20 Apr 00
    The Department of Health came under fire from the British Medical Association this week following claims that doctors had been misled over the distribution of cash designed to ease the burden on GPs...
  • Public Finance
    13 Apr 00
    Labour reaffirmed its faith in the Private Finance Initiative this week when local government minister Hilary Armstrong unveiled 14 new schemes, totalling £300m.
  • Public Finance
    13 Apr 00
    Auditor general Bob Black used last week's CIPFA Scottish branch conference to defend his controversial policy of not naming councils and NHS trusts that have performed badly in audit reports.
  • Public Finance
    13 Apr 00
    The NHS is struggling to cope with demand for diabetes services and faces a rising number of patients as the population ages, the Audit Commission warned this week.
  • Public Finance
    13 Apr 00
    Health Secretary Alan Milburn launched a countrywide consultation programme with NHS staff and patients this week and said it should lead to a new Beveridge report that will shape the health service...
  • Public Finance
    13 Apr 00
    The government launched a stinging attack on the quality of adoption services this week in what could be the first move to loosen local authorities' grip on social services.
  • Public Finance
    6 Apr 00
    Nurses and GPs were this week asked to act as frontline midwives in delivering the Blair government's baby of health service modernisation.
  • Public Finance
    30 Mar 00
    The government has reacted strongly to an Audit Commission report which says disabled people are facing long waits for equipment that is often sub-standard or even useless.
  • Public Finance
    23 Mar 00
    Money meant for frontline council services is being used to fund an ever-burgeoning local government pension bill instead. Local authorities in England and Wales spent almost £2bn in 1998/99 on...
  • Public Finance
    23 Mar 00
    The government signalled further expansion of the health service telephone helpline NHS Direct this week after a study found it had lifted some of the pressure on out-of-hours GP services.

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