Issue : 15 April 2010
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CQC powers were weakenedSubscription
Powers to prosecute trusts failing to meet registration standards were watered down in a bid to avoid legal challenges and bad publicity, HSJ has learned.
Noel Plumridge on the NHS budgetSubscription
Here’s a summary of the financial plan for the English NHS.
Five key changes must be fought for if autonomous foundation trusts are to flourish
Lookey-Likey: Richard Vize and Harry HillSubscription
As readers may have heard, HSJ editor Richard Vize is leaving us this week to take up a tricky new post as spin doctor in chief at education regulator Ofsted.
Word reaches End Game of a serious problem at Richmond House.
The Department of Health’s communications operation has largely shut up shop for the election period - as impartiality rules suggest it should.
Farewell, Tim KelseySubscription
Dr Foster founder Tim Kelsey’s leaving do invitation depicts him as John Wayne character Rooster Cogburn, the “fearless one-eyed marshall who never knew a dry day in his life”.
Merron Watch - the election campaignSubscription
Purdah left last week’s DH media diary rather empty, but as always Gillian Merron was an unstoppable whirlwind of activity.
Fessing up Subscription
Most of our readers spotted the date - 1 April - on the “important notice” we emailed last week, warning that a technical error had caused our website to publish the names of anonymous commentators.
Hospital closures: the taboo has been brokenSubscription
At the first whisper of a service or hospital closing, local campaigners and politicians launch vociferous protests. But despite this opposition the idea that we need fewer hospitals and beds is gathering momentum, writes Richard Vize