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Services for people with neurological conditions

Since 2005, when the Department of Health introduced its National Service Framework for Long-term Conditions, people with neurological conditions have had better access to health services; but key indicators of quality have worsened. The Department does not know what the Framework and additional spending of nearly 40 per cent have achieved.

Published:
16 Dec 2011
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Achievement of Foundation Trust status by NHS hospital trusts

Many NHS trusts need to tackle a range of financial, quality and governance issues if they are to meet the standards required of them to become self-governing foundation trusts by 2014. The Department of Health and the NHS will now have to decide how they will deal with those facing the most severe problems.

Published:
13 Oct 2011
Picture of ambulance from National Audit Office report on Transforming NHS ambulance services

Transforming NHS ambulance services

The Department of Health has until recently been focusing on speed of response as a measure of performance of the ambulance service, rather than on clinical outcomes. The service achieves high levels of public satisfaction but there are wide variations in ambulance trusts’ efficiency. The system has not delivered the best value for money to date.

Published:
10 Jun 2011