The bold proposals to transfer responsibility for Greater Manchester’s health and social care needs to accountable bodies in the region were the talk of our annual Health Policy Summit.
Clinical commissioning groups will ‘ultimately’ be reduced to an advisory role for health and wellbeing boards under a Labour government, according to a shadow health minister.
Clinical commissioning groups’ progress on developing plans set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View will be judged against a new set of ‘core metrics’, health secretary Jeremy Hunt has said.
Coverage from the Guardian Healthcare Network of the second day of the Nuffield Trust Health Policy Summit
Coverage from the Guardian Healthcare Network of day one of the Nuffield Trust Health Policy Summit, including Jeremy Hunt and Simon Stevens’s speeches.
Nigel Edwards, chief executive of the Nuffield Trust think tank, on how the sector will implement the NHS chief executive’s vision for change.
When I was 13 years old, I experienced the first symptoms of what almost 20 years later would be diagnosed as Parkinson’s disease. Getting Parkinson’s in your teens is pretty unusual, if not rare. Nevertheless, I am happy that I wasn’t diagnosed with an “old person’s disease” in my teens. I am convinced that if I had known when I was 16 that the problems I experienced with movement, gait and balance were due to Parkinson’s, I would not have gone to university, got my driver’s licence or dared to start a family with the man I met at university.
Would you go out on a hazardous journey, with barely enough food to survive on, and with no map or compass? It could be argued that this is precisely what has been asked of the NHS since funding stopped keeping pace with our country’s rising health and social care needs and the Health and Social Care Act undermined the strategic leadership of the NHS.