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Recovering the cost of NHS treatments given to overseas visitors

Recovering the cost of NHS treatments given to overseas visitors

New regulations will help to recover the cost of healthcare given to patients not ordinarily resident in the UK.

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Plans for fixed cap on legal costs for medical negligence cases

Plans for fixed cap on legal costs for medical negligence cases

Legal firms will face a new cap on the amount of costs they can recover in negligence cases.

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Children given sports prostheses to help them get active

Children given sports prostheses to help them get active

Children who have either been born without a limb or who have lost a limb are being given new running and swimming blades from the NHS.

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2017 New Year Honours for health and social care services

2017 New Year Honours for health and social care services

The 2017 New Year Honours recognise the achievements of a wide range of people throughout the health and social care sector.

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Barcode technology helping to improve patient safety

Barcode technology helping to improve patient safety

Barcodes are being used to trace NHS patients and their treatments, manage medical supplies and monitor the effectiveness of equipment.

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NHS to serve nearly 400,000 lunches this Christmas day

NHS to serve nearly 400,000 lunches this Christmas day

Dedicated NHS staff across the country will treat the thousands of patients who can’t be at home this Christmas.

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Funds to improve housing for people with learning disabilities

Funds to improve housing for people with learning disabilities

The local authorities awarded a share of £25 million housing and technology fund for people with learning disabilities have been announced.

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Helping parents spot the signs of sepsis

Helping parents spot the signs of sepsis

Sepsis awareness campaign will help parents and carers of young children recognise the symptoms of sepsis.

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New pay deal for paramedics

New pay deal for paramedics

The role of a paramedic will be re-banded nationally, giving paramedics the opportunity to earn more as they progress.

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Health of the ‘baby boomer’ generation

Health of the ‘baby boomer’ generation

Report on the health of people that are currently 50 to 70 years of age: a generation often called the ‘baby boomers’.

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More doctors and nurses to become leaders of the future

More doctors and nurses to become leaders of the future

Health Secretary wants more doctors and nurses to occupy positions at the most senior levels of NHS.

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New nursing degree apprenticeship

New nursing degree apprenticeship

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will announce new nursing degree apprenticeship, opening up a career in nursing to more people.

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Expert advisory board to support the Global AMR Innovation Fund

Expert advisory board to support the Global AMR Innovation Fund

A board of experts will advise the government on how best to reduce the impact of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

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Government launches £60 million call for global health research

Government launches £60 million call for global health research

UK universities invited to apply for Department of Health funding for research to benefit people’s health in low and middle-income countries.

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New £112 million investment in clinical research facilities

New £112 million investment in clinical research facilities

Funding for specialist research nurses and new facilities to support clinical research and trials.

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UK Zika research awarded share of £120 million vaccine fund

UK Zika research awarded share of £120 million vaccine fund

New funding for vaccine development projects to help fight deadly diseases like Zika and Ebola.

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Tackling antibiotics resistance in low income countries

Tackling antibiotics resistance in low income countries

New partners will help manage improvements to preventing antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in low and middle income countries.

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Tackling antibiotics resistance in low income countries

Tackling antibiotics resistance in low income countries

New partners will help manage improvements to preventing antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in low and middle income countries.

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Reducing infections in the NHS

Reducing infections in the NHS

Plans to prevent hospital infections include more money for hospitals who reduce infection rates and publishing E. coli rates by local area.

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Safer screening test for pregnant women

Safer screening test for pregnant women

New non-invasive prenatal test for Down’s, Edwards’ and Patau’s syndromes, which is safer for women and their babies.

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Listening to people with dementia and their carers

Listening to people with dementia and their carers

A new listening programme to find out more about the experiences of people with dementia and their carers starts in England.

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UK team of health experts to tackle global disease outbreaks

UK team of health experts to tackle global disease outbreaks

New rapid support team will respond to urgent requests from countries around the world to help control disease outbreaks within 48 hours.

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Getting patients quicker access to innovative healthcare

Getting patients quicker access to innovative healthcare

New recommendations set out how patients could get quicker access to innovative new diagnostic tools, treatments, and medical technologies.

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New plans to modernise community pharmacies

New plans to modernise community pharmacies

Changes include a reward system for high quality service and a pharmacy access scheme for isolated areas with higher health needs.

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Safer pregnancy awareness campaign

Safer pregnancy awareness campaign

The "Our Chance" campaign aims to maximise women's chances of having safer pregnancies.

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Improving the safety of maternity care in the NHS

Improving the safety of maternity care in the NHS

New measures to make giving birth safer, including maternity safety funding and publishing maternity ratings, have been announced.

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Up to 1,500 extra medical training places announced

Up to 1,500 extra medical training places announced

Health Secretary announces increase in medical training places from September 2018.

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Plan to reduce health and care red tape burden

Plan to reduce health and care red tape burden

Department of Health to challenge bureaucratic red tape on health and social care frontline, to increase focus on patient contact and care.

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Take part in DH website survey

Take part in DH website survey

We would like your views on our website and the information that we publish.

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UK secures historic UN Declaration on antimicrobial resistance

UK secures historic UN Declaration on antimicrobial resistance

Landmark declaration agreeing to combat antimicrobial resistance signed by 193 countries at the United Nations General Assembly.

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Planes from Zika areas no longer need to use insecticide

Planes from Zika areas no longer need to use insecticide

The UK government is no longer asking airlines spray insecticide in aircraft arriving from Zika-affected areas.

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Government’s progress in preventing drug resistant infections

Government’s progress in preventing drug resistant infections

The UK continues to work towards preventing antimicrobial resistance (AMR) by investing in new diagnosis tests and vaccines.

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Help for people with learning disabilities to live independently

Help for people with learning disabilities to live independently

Local authorities invited to apply for share of £25 million housing and technology fund for people with learning disabilities.

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New £816 million investment in health research

New £816 million investment in health research

Research into mental health, dementia and antimicrobial resistance among the projects funded by £816 million investment in NHS research.

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New plans to expand the use of digital technology across the NHS

New plans to expand the use of digital technology across the NHS

Multi-million pound package to achieve NHS digital excellence in response to Wachter review alongside new digital services for patients.

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Carey Mulligan aims to change global attitudes towards dementia

Carey Mulligan aims to change global attitudes towards dementia

Actress Carey Mulligan appointed first UK Global Dementia Friends Ambassador by Alzheimer’s Society and Jeremy Hunt.

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Department of Health ministerial responsibilities

Department of Health ministerial responsibilities

Following the change in government, 3 new ministers have joined the Department of Health, which has meant a change in responsibilities.

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Plans for changing healthcare education funding

Plans for changing healthcare education funding

Action to support nursing, midwifery and AHP students complete their courses and enter the future health workforce.

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NHS funded nursing care rate for 2016 to 2017

NHS funded nursing care rate for 2016 to 2017

The NHS contribution towards the costs of a place in a care home with nursing is being increased on an interim basis to £156.25.

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Increased mental health services for those arrested

Increased mental health services for those arrested

An extra £12 million will be spent over the next 2 years to expand services that make mental health assessments available to those arrested.

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Infected blood payment scheme reformed

Infected blood payment scheme reformed

All infected individuals will now receive annual payment including extra £500 winter fuel payment without the need to apply for it.

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Changes to cervical cancer screening

Changes to cervical cancer screening

Screening samples will now be tested for human papilloma virus (HPV) first, helping to prevent cervical cancer.

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Government commits to high quality end of life care

Government commits to high quality end of life care

Plans to ensure high quality, compassionate care for everyone at the end of life have been announced by Health Minister Ben Gummer.

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Health advice for people travelling to a Zika affected area

Health advice for people travelling to a Zika affected area

Top tips for people going to the Rio Olympics from Chief Medical Officer Professor, Dame Sally Davies.

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Queen’s Birthday Honours 2016: health and social care services

Queen’s Birthday Honours 2016: health and social care services

The achievements of people throughout the health and social care sector have been recognised in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

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