Tag Archives: Finance

Big cuts planned to public health budgets

by The King’s Fund (2017)

Central government cuts have forced councils to reduce planned spending on vital public health services such as sexual health clinics and reducing harm from smoking, alcohol and drugs by £85 million, according to new analysis by The King’s Fund.

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NHS needs £9.5bn to transform

By BMA  (2017)

This analysis of the 44 STPs in England estimates that £9.5bn of capital funding is required to create the infrastructure to deliver the plans. The BMA sent out a series of FOI requests and have compiled information for each STP area on the financial needs required to implement the plans in each area. 

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Extended hours in primary care linked to reductions in minor A&E attendances

By National Institute for Health Research (2016)

This briefing summarises the findings of a study that found that practices that offered additional appointments showed a reduction in the number of their patients attending emergency departments for minor conditions but that there was no overall reduction in emergency visits. Costs were reduced for emergency departments but by less than the cost of the additional appointments. These findings suggest additional appointments may help reduce minor A&E visits but may be more costly overall.

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Debt and health: a briefing

By The Picker Institute (2015)

This briefing focuses on the relationship between debt and health including the health related consequences of debt, the impact it can have on individual mental health and recommendations for implication prevention.

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Assessing the impacts of alcohol policies

By OECD Health Working Papers (2015)

This working paper assesses alcohol policies in three countries: Canada, the Czech Republic and Germany. The results show that brief interventions in primary care, typically targeting high-risk drinkers, and tax increases, which affect all drinkers, have the potential to generate large health gains. The impacts of regulation and enforcement policies as well as other health care interventions are more dependent on the setting and mode of implementation, while school-based programmes show less promise. Alcohol policies have the potential to prevent alcohol-related disabilities and injuries in hundreds of thousands of working-age people in the countries examined, with major potential gains in their productivity. Most alcohol policies are estimated to cut health care expenditures to the extent that their implementation costs would be more than offset. Health care interventions and enforcement of drinking-and-driving restrictions are more expensive policies, but they still have very favourable cost-effectiveness profiles.

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Public money, local choice

By CIPFA (2015)

This interim report explains the themes and ideas that have been presented
to the Commission, outlines our emerging thinking, and seeks feedback on how
these ideas can be developed. The Commission’s purpose is not to lobby for extra
money but to propose a finance system that enables local communities to determine a level of funding to meet local decisions on service provision. The sustained cuts to councils’ central Government grant gives reform a new imperative — in an age of austerity we need to ensure that public sector funding is used effectively and creatively to support local and national ambition.

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Investing in children’s mental health: a review of evidence on the costs and benefits of increased service provision

By Centre for Mental Health (2015)

This report makes the case for investing in children’s mental health services as it is excellent value for money and will bring a lifetime of benefits to young people, their families, communities and the economy as a whole. It also warns that to achieve the best value for money, children’s mental health services need to reach out to those who need them most and to be delivered to a high standard.

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