Issue : 7 October 2010
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Shadow health secretary namedSubscription
The new shadow health secretary is John Healey, former housing minister and member of Gordon Brown’s cabinet.
The move to GP commissioning could exclude other clinicians from decision making while increased competition in the NHS will lead to cost cutting, reductions in quality and greater inequalities, according to the Queen’s Nursing Institute.
Public sector final salary pension schemes should eventually be scrapped and staff contributions should increase in the short term, according to an independent commission led by Lord Hutton.
Momentum is a priceless asset in public sector reform. New governments tend to have momentum - commonly called “the honeymoon period.”
Who caught my attention at the Tory conference this year? Not Andrew Lansley, I think. He had his £164m cancer screening announcement pinched by David Cameron (a PM’s prerogative) and also made a rather lacklustre speech of his own from the platform.
Primary care trusts are edging closer to determining the future of their provider arms.
PCT functions 'need clarification'Subscription
The Primary Care Trust Network has urged the Department of Health to quickly sort out which PCT statutory functions can be stopped in order to reduce pressure on managers during the transition to GP consortia.
Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
Lansley the Leveller should be saying his prayers, according to the joshing banter and bonhomie around our Joint Consultative Committee table.
Media Watch: the Conservative Party conference Subscription
Unsurprisingly the health coverage this week was largely concerned with the blue half of the government ahead of the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham.