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Jeremy Hunt was reappointed as the Secretary of State for Health

It was announced on 11 May 2015 that the newly elected Conservative government had reappointed Jeremy Hunt as Secretary of State for Health.

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George Osborne gave a speech outlining plans to develop a ‘Northern Powerhouse’

In his first speech since the Conservative Party won the general election in May, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, announced ‘a revolution’ in the way England would be gove

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Organisation

Simon Stevens announced that NHS England was inviting bids to participate in a fourth vanguard programme on 20 May 2015

On 20 May 2015 Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, announced an invitation for bids to particulate in a fourth vanguard programme: new models of acute care collaboration.

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Legislation

The Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill was introduced to parliament in the House of Lords

The Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill had its first reading in the House of Lords on 28 May 2015.

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NHS England, Public Health England and partners in Greater Manchester signed a memorandum of understanding on devolution

On 10 July 2015, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) set out a shared commitment that the proposed devolution deal for the Greater Manchester area would place public health at the heart of public serv

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A devolution deal for Cornwall was announced

On the 16 July 2015, the government set out the terms of an agreement between itself, Cornwall Council and Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership to devolve a range of powers and re

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Legislation

An amendment was made to the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill in the House of Lords that sought to protect some health functions from devolution

During the bill’s third reading, Lord Warner proposed an amendment that aimed to: require the Secretary of State to fulfil all statutory duties at the time of devolution prohibit the trans

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Monitor announced an investigation into the commissioning of elective care services in North East London

After a complaint from Care UK Clinical Services Ltd, Monitor decided to investigate the commissioning and proposed pricing arrangements for elective care services in North East London. Care UK Clini

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Publication

Monitor confirmed that commissioners in Devon did not breach regulations in transforming community services

Monitor published its final report into the investigation into the commissioning of community services by Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

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NHS England’s board discussed criteria for dealing with new devolution agreements

NHS England presented a board paper that outlined an indicative working set of nine criteria to consider when taking decisions on whether to proceed with individual cases for devolution. 1. &nbs

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Publication

The King’s Fund published the findings of its review into clinical commissioning indicators

In June 2015, The King’s Fund had been commissioned by the Department of Health to review how the performance of local health systems could be assessed.

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Legislation

The government tabled amendments to the Cities and Devolution Bill to provide safeguards to the local devolution of health functions

During the bill’s progress through the House of Lords, Lord Warner had made a number of amendments that sought to provide safeguards to the local devolution of health functions.

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Legislation

The government signed a devolution agreement with the North East that included plans for a commission for health and social care integration

The devolution agreement signed on 23 October 2015 set out that the North East Combined Authority and the NHS would jointly create a commission for health and social care integration.

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The Secretary of State for Health outlined plans for ‘greater patient power’ and new ways of assessing the performance of clinical commissioning groups

The Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, announced the introduction of new, ‘Ofsted-style’ ratings to show patients how their local area’s health service was performing in are

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Publication

A devolution agreement was announced for the West Midlands Combined Authority

The West Midlands Combined Authority signed a devolution agreement with the government on 17 November 2015.

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A major outcomes-based contract collapsed after being deemed ‘financially unsustainable’

An £800 million outcomes-based contract collapsed after the NHS-owned ‘leader provider’ consortium revealed it would be handing it back to commissioners.

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Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of the NHS, expressed doubts about the spread of devolution outside of Manchester

In an interview with the Health Service Journal (HSJ), Simon Stevens suggested that few areas would be given control of devolved NHS budgets outside of Greater Manchester in the next few years.

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Legislation

A health devolution agreement was signed in London and five pilots were announced

The health devolution deal was intended to transform health and care provision across London.

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Publication

The Department of Health published its mandate to NHS England for 2016/2017

The Department of Health’s 2016/17 mandate set seven core objectives for NHS England, as follows. 1.    Through better commissioning, improve local and national health outcomes.

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