Mental health and learning disabilities contract under fire from Adass

Health

A new standard contract for mental health and learning disability services in England will fail to adequately support integration between health and social care, sector leaders have warned.

The Standard NHS Contract for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities comes into effect in April for one year. It will create legally binding agreements between care providers and primary care trust and local authority commissioners, in order to commit them to specific policy objectives and ensure accountability. However, existing arrangements can continue until April 2010 where contracts are well-established.

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Drug watchdog to change cost guidelines

Health

The drugs watchdog Nice is to change the way it makes decisions on NHS treatments, bringing to an end decisions on care of terminally ill patients made solely on cost-efficiency grounds.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence announced yesterday it would be setting out new drug approval guidelines for “less common” illnesses on 2 January.

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