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Archive of: 2004

  • Planning Framework 2005-08

    The SHCA is delighted that the new DH Planning Framework (National Standards, Local Action) underlines the need for PCTs to collaborate effectively in delivering specialised services. Specifically, paragraph 15 states that in setting local targets:

    PCTs will need to take into account specialist services which can only be commissioned effectively on a pan-PCT or still broader basis. PCTs , with SHA support, are expected to act collaboratively to secure these services and their improvement.

    The SHCA will be aiming to build on this important statement in its work with key stakeholders. These include the Healthcare Commission, where the Alliance has sought to identify areas for collaboration in the attached document.

  • Parliamentary Seminar

    A wide range of Parliamentarians and others attended a breakfast seminar on 8 June 2004 sponsored by the Associate Parliamentary Health Group. The Rt Hon John Hutton MP, Minister of State at the Department of Health gave the keynote address with additional contributions from the SHCA, London Specialised Commissioning Group and a patient advocate.

  • Healthcare Commission

    The SHCA welcomes the creation of the Healthcare Commission. Our response to the Commission’s corporate plan for 2004-08 highlights a number of ways in which the interests of specialised services could be protected and promoted to the benefit of commissioners, users and providers.

    • Click here to read SHCA Response to Healthcare Commission Corporate Plan 2004-08
  • Standards in Healthcare

    The DH has sought views on a range of core and developmental standards for healthcare in England . These are of major importance, not least as a starting point for the work of the Healthcare Commission. The SHCA ‘s response emphasises the importance of commissioning and specialised services featuring in the standards if the needs of many hundreds of thousands of patients are to be protected as part of an integrated National Health Service.