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BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 25 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1033

Healthcare rationing lacks transparency: More than two thirds of 100 health and social care leaders said they thought that the Cancer Drugs Fund would be wound up, a survey by the think tank the Nuffield Trust has found. In a briefing paper aimed at MPs, the trust said that many decisions on rationing healthcare in England lacked legitimacy.1 Access to treatment in some areas had been reduced without clear reasons, and cancer drugs had been given priority over other treatments, it said. Greater public consultation, communication about local commissioning, and transparency about decisions were needed, it concluded.

First mental health trust is put into special measures: Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust has become the first mental health trust in England to be put into special measures, the health regulator Monitor has announced, with care of patients needing urgent improvement. The …

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