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A number of measures are being implemented to control provider spending, while pressure is increasing on the NHS to identify efficiency savings.
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Devolution has emerged as one of the new government's defining policy agendas, although questions remain about its implications for the NHS.
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The government has continued to emphasise quality and safety, aiming to foster a culture of continuous improvement and use 'intelligent transparency' to drive up standards.
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With improvements in primary care fundamental to meeting many of its election pledges, the government has proposed a 'new deal' which aims to improve patient access and expand the GP workforce.
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Establishing a seven-day health service is a key priority for the new government but there are a number of issues to address before this ambition can become a reality.
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Ministers have confirmed commitments made by the previous government, although there has so far been little evidence of new mental health policy initiatives.
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Ministers and service leaders have emphasised the importance of prevention but a £200 million cut in the public health budget sends a worrying signal.
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The decision to delay the implementation of the cap on care costs proposed by the Dilnot Commission breaks a Conservative manifesto pledge.
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The Secretary of State has stressed the role of patients, calling for a new 'social contract' between the public and health and care services.
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The emphasis on the importance of leadership in developing the right culture in NHS organisations suggests a move away from using external pressures to drive change towards supporting leaders and staff to improve care.
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The government has signalled strong support for the NHS five year forward view as new service models are being rolled out across the country.
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The reliance on regulation to drive performance is set to continue but with some important changes and responsibilities streamlined.
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How it all fits together is key. We'd like to see health and social care working together for the benefit of all patients within one whole system, each initiative could back fire without strong data driven decision making.