Crispin Dowler is HSJ's senior correspondent. Crispin's focus is on finance and the private sector. He has been with HSJ since 2010 covering NHS finance, private healthcare providers, and the North West. He won staff journalist of the year (professional media) in the 2012 Medical Journalists' Association awards, and was shortlisted for writer of the year (business media) in the 2013 Professional Publishers Association awards.Follow Crispin Dowler on Twitter @CrispinDowler
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Exclusive: Monitor’s chief executive will today warn that foundation trusts could see their freedoms ‘completely eroded’ if they do not do better to reduce a sector-wide deficit projected to reach £1bn in 2015-16.
Lord Carter has warned that the new metric he is developing to rate the productivity of every hospital in England must not be used as a ‘crude weapon’ in trust regulation.
A landmark review of NHS productivity is to produce a new measure for rating every hospital in England on the efficiency with which it uses staff and resources.
Jeremy Hunt has defended his controversial move to cap spending on agency staff. The health secretary said current rates paid by the health service are “not market forces at work, but market failure”.
The health secretary has asked the Care Quality Commission to include a hospital’s efficiency as one of the “key criteria” for rating the quality of its leadership.
Monitor plans to set up a framework agreement to allow high performing trusts to put themselves forward as potential “superbuddies” for failing counterparts, the regulator’s chief executive has revealed.
Foundation trusts in breach of their licence will face tighter regulatory controls on their agency and management consultancy spending, as part of an interventionist drive by Monitor to bear down on escalating provider deficits.
David Bennett has called for the NHS to investigate the possibility of redefining key access targets to reduce the financial burden they place on providers – where it can be done without compromising safety.
The Department of Health has admitted it made a last minute reversal of its decision to stop providing “Project Diamond” funding for specialist hospitals in 2014-15, boosting the finances of up to 19 trusts.
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