Accessing and sharing health records and patient confidentiality

House of Commons, September 2015

This briefing describes how patients may request access to their records, and the circumstances in which access to the records of others may be allowed.  The briefing also describes statutory and public interest disclosures of patient information; information sharing rules for people who lack mental capacity; and access to information on hereditary conditions for relatives.

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Health and Social Care: The First 100 Days of the New Government

The King’s Fund, August 2015

After 100 days in office, the new government’s plans for health and social care are beginning to take shape. The King’s Fund take a look at the measures that have been outlined so far and focus on financial control and productivity; devolution; quality and safety; primary care; seven-day services; mental health and learning disabilities; public health; social care; patient engagement; leadership; and regulation.

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Review of operational productivity in NHS providers: Interim report

Department of Health, June 2015

This interim report outlines the work that has been carried out by Lord Carter of Coles to review the productivity of NHS hospitals, working with a group of 22 NHS providers.

The report provides interim recommendations and next steps. A full report will be published in autumn 2015.

Lord Carter was appointed by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to chair the NHS Procurement and Efficiency Board in June 2014.

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Improving England’s Mental Health: The First 100 Days and Beyond

NHS Confederation, 29 May 2015

‘Improving England’s Mental Health: The First 100 Days and Beyond’ has been produced jointly by Centre for Mental Health, the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Network, Mind, Rethink Mental Illness and the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

The 100 day plan sets out five priority areas for action. Actions include:

1. Ensure fair funding for mental health

2. Give children a good start in life

3. Improve physical health care for people with mental health problems

4. Improve the lives of people with mental health problems

5. Enable better access to mental health services

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The community care chest is running out of cards

BMJ, 13 August 2014

Most people blame the present problems of the NHS in England on its bungled reorganisation by the former health secretary Andrew Lansley. But while the Health and Social Care Act 2012 may deserve its place as top bungle, it’s a close run thing with Transforming Community Services, one of Labour’s last acts in office before it was voted out in 2010. Community services in England were certainly transformed but not in a good way: the result is sad, if you believe in the vital necessity of these services. Join a fairly small club if you do. And while it’s often claimed that Lansley was driven by ideology, Transforming Community Services really was. Service commissioners couldn’t be providers, so they were instructed to rid themselves of their provider arms: health visitors, district nurses, physiotherapists, chiropodists, providers of contraception and sexual health, and sundry others. GPs think the right place for many of these services is in primary care. Acute care trusts think they ought to be integrated with hospitals. Both can make a case, but rather than doing one or the …


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