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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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.
Provider regulation needs reform
The deputy chief executive of a former ‘special measures’ trust has been appointed to lead a new major Monitor directorate tasked with driving performance improvement in NHS providers, the regulator announced today.
Monitor’s pricing team are readying themselves to be able to refer rejected tariff proposals for 2015-16 to the Competition and Markets Authority as soon as next month, should the regulator’s board decide to do so.
A group of foundation trusts that received £188m in Department of Health bailouts this year has been told the funding will now be switched to loans, as part of a push for financially distressed organisations to ‘manage their finances better’, HSJ has learned.
The NHS pricing dispute has raged for months
A significant number of providers are still yet to decide whether to accept NHS England and Monitor’s offer of a ‘voluntary’ tariff for 2015-16, with just a day to go until the offer expires, HSJ has been told.
NHS insiders in Greater Manchester have been pleasantly amazed by the speed at which negotiations progressed leading up to today’s historic agreement to devolve and integrate £6bn of health and social care spending for the conurbation.
NHS providers across Greater Manchester have called for a ‘new set of relationships’ with health regulators to underpin the newly agreed £6bn devolution of commissioning responsibilities to the conurbation.
Complex questions of governance and accountability will have to be resolved over the coming year to allow the proposed full delegation of primary care and specialised commissioning budgets to Greater Manchester by April 2016.
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