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.
The right way to form GP consortiaSubscription
GP commissioning consortia will not be created by guidance notes from the Department of Health. Nor will they be formed by primary care trusts and strategic health authorities suggesting the necessary population size for efficient commissioning.
Australian interest in foundation trusts has thrown their achievements into stark relief
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.
Big income drop likely for children’s hospitals Subscription
Specialist children’s hospitals could see a significant drop in their income under changes to the national tariff.
GP consortium pioneer says PCTs are vital safety net Subscription
Handing commissioning control to clinicians but maintaining primary care trusts to support them would be the “dream ticket”, rather than abolition, according to a chief executive pioneering the idea.
Primary care trusts are edging closer to determining the future of their provider arms.