The UK Government has published a response to a Lords Select Committee report on the long-term sustainability of the NHS and adult social care. The original report made 34 recommendations in a wide range of areas including service transformation; funding the NHS and adult social care; innovation, technology and productivity; public health, prevention and patient responsibility. The government’s response states that significant efficiencies will be needed to make the NHS and social care system sustainable for the long term.
A consultation is being ran by the Department of Health and Social Care in England on behalf of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). The consultation is on the methodology used in a report from the Cost-Effectiveness Methodology for Immunisation Programmes & Procurement (CEMIPP) group to appraise the cost–effectiveness of vaccination programmes and is aimed at health economists.
A report from NHS England has identified strong links between the experiences of NHS staff and the satisfaction levels of patients in acute trusts. The report builds on a previous study from 2009 and uses data from NHS staff surveys and NHS acute inpatient surveys in 2014 and 2015.
The annual report of the Chief Medical Officer in England has been published. The report focuses on the threat to health from pollution. There is a chapter in the report on the economics of pollution interventions.
The King’s Fund have published a report on tackling multiple unhealthy risk factors. The report looks at services that are using innovative ways to address the problem of multiple unhealthy risk factors in a holistic way that reflects the reality of people’s lives.
Public Health England have published a review on e-cigarettes. The review covers e-cigarette use among young people and adults, public attitudes, the impact on quitting smoking, an update on risks to health and the role of nicotine. It also reviews heated tobacco products. The report is an annual update of a 2015 evidence review on e-cigarettes. Amongst the main findings of the review is that switching completely from smoking to vaping conveys substantial health benefits.
The House of Commons Select Committee has reported on the nursing workforce in the NHS. The report is concerned with the NHS in England and considers that too little attention has been given to retaining nurses in the NHS. Causes of the shortfall in the nursing workforce are reported as including workload pressures, poor access to continuing professional development, a sense of not feeling valued, ongoing pay restraint, the impact of Brexit and the introduction of language testing.