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What will the NHS Long Term Plan mean for mental health?

Care for detained patients improves but more to be done

There have been improvements in the quality of care for patients detained under the Mental Health Act but the quality and safety of mental...
NHSE to strengthen patient choice

Choice agenda still stalling after more than a decade

There has been no improvement in public awareness of ‘patient choice’ in more than a decade, despite the legal right to a choice of...

Independent hospitals must do more to demonstrate quality, says PHIN

Too many independent sector hospitals are still not providing enough information on the quality of services they provide, the chair of the Private Healthcare...

Waiting times review must not dilute standards, warn MPs

MPs have warned NHS England (NHSE) not to use its review of waiting times to ‘water down’ standards and make failing targets easier to...

RedArc opens new specialist mental health department

RedArc Nurses has announced that it has established a new mental health department. Patients will continue to be supported by a single dedicated nurse adviser,...

NHSE and NHSI committed to protecting patient choice under new procurement regime

NHS England (NHSE) and NHS Improvement (NHSI) have committed to protect patient choice and carry out a public consultation on proposals for a ‘Best...

Private acute hospital market suffers second year of contraction

The value of the private acute medical care hospitals and clinics market contracted for the second year running in 2018 when it was worth...

CQC consultation on regulating private services

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is asking for stakeholder's views on its plans to evolve its approach to regulating independent healthcare services in England...

Circle Health pulls out of treatment centre tender

Circle Health is withdrawing its bid to continue running services at Nottingham NHS Treatment Centre, and said it is considering a legal challenge to...

Fair playing field needed for IS in NHS payment system – NHSPN

There needs to be a fair playing field for independent providers in future NHS payment systems, the chief executive of the NHS Partners Network...