Issue : 8 March 2012
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PCT chair to stand downSubscription
WORKFORCE: The chair of NHS Bath and North East Somerset is to stand down at the end of the month when the primary care trust board finally merges with NHS Wiltshire.
Trusts and commissioners are increasingly recognising the many potential benefits offered by reduced length of stay.
FINANCE: The renegotiating of contracts with commissioners has seen Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust report an in month surplus of £199,000 at the end of January, reducing the year to date deficit to £781,000.
WORKFORCE: Carole Wood has been appointed as the new director of public health for Gateshead.
WORKFORCE: NHS Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland’s director of finance Sue Bishop has been selected to sit on a national group looking at preparing financial leadership for, and beyond, the transition.
London hospitals make plans for the OlympicsSubscription
PERFORMANCE: Hospitals in London are considering reorganising surgery timetables, changing shift patterns and moving delivery times to accommodate the Olympics this summer.
The Department of Health’s case for withholding the Health Bill risk register has been rejected, it has been announced this morning.
How important is it that CSSs are set up along commercial lines?
The Health Bill could usher in a US-style healthcare financing model, and the erosion of entitlements to free care, a paper published by the British Medical Journal warns today.
FINANCE: Directors at the Royal Berkshire Hospital Foundation Trust expressed a lack of confidence in the organisation’s financial management, shortly before an attempt to oust the chief executive.