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Readers' letters

Letters to Health Service Journal's editor.
  • Fall in GP engagement with CCGs, NHS England survey finds

    20-Oct-2014 9:26 pm

    How can a CCG chair who is also a GP be paid more than double the rate of the Chair of say a large acute hospital? Has anyone told Margaret Hodge and the PAC?!

  • Exclusive: Acute trusts told to abandon 'fortress' mentality

    20-Oct-2014 8:32 pm

    Anonymous has an interesting point..... My experience is that acute trusts are just as likely to be "poorly run." They have tended to plan without discussion with mental health services,increasing demand on the latter. In the past my experience was that acute trusts could overspend without significant penalties whereas mental health trusts could not. I totally agree there needs to be more integration but am unconvinced by the solution.

  • College president warns against clustering in mental health

    20-Oct-2014 7:04 pm

    There are other possibilities worth exploring e.g. personal health budgets for those in high cost, including secure, placements distributed according to current need. As need changes, so funding would reflect this and fund next step in pathway circulating funding through services. In community, integrated health and social funding distributed to reflect NICE approved care based on clinical guidelines and negotiated with service user. (This would have to be within budgetary constraints but at least explicitly identifying funding shortfalls).

  • The NHS's fight to survive will be won with equality, efficiency and quality

    20-Oct-2014 4:53 pm

    Quite 1:28 - utter waffle! Have to say the shadow team looks decidedly lightweight

  • GPs hold only a quarter of accountable CCG roles

    20-Oct-2014 4:50 pm

    I'll say what a million others have. Some minor tweaks to the PCT model of governance and all the catastrophic impact of the structural changes we have gone through could have been avoided. Some think SS is trying to recreate CCGs as PCTs - good on him it's the right thing to do.

  • Surge in care claims puts pressure on CCGs

    20-Oct-2014 3:36 pm

    is this really rocket science. The predicted outcome has come to fruition. How can you have scale of economies when you make one organisation multiple small organisation. Wait for it we will soon be back to SHA set up........

  • Radiographers to strike over pay

    20-Oct-2014 3:02 pm

    Every day A4C looks worse and worse. Whether we like it or not there are some staff who are more important than others where market forces do not apply and A4C tries to treat everyone the same.

  • Liverpool reconfiguration plans unveiled

    20-Oct-2014 2:32 pm

    In response to 4.48 -the collaborative approach in Liverpool has been very successful in terms of major trauma and has consistently been one of the best performing networks in England.

  • Government wades into Birmingham referrals row

    20-Oct-2014 1:44 pm

    So are politicians still keen on adding to the foundation trust express train?

  • Wye Valley put in special measures

    20-Oct-2014 10:25 am

    6.47am - gosh a cheap turnaround director. the one in Barts costs c£1m

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