Crispin Dowler is bureau chief for the team at HSJ that covers NHS providers and NHS finances. His own focus is on NHS finance and finance policy. 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.
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The Department of Health and the Treasury have agreed to transfer more than £1bn from the department’s capital budget in 2016-17 to smooth the impact of the steep fall in its non-NHS England revenue budget, HSJ has learned.
The removal of protected status from all Department of Health budgets not controlled by NHS England will see the pot of money that pays for health education, public health, and capital projects subjected to huge cuts over the coming half-decade.
As a result of briefings to media over Monday evening, some of the big questions about what tomorrow’s comprehensive spending review announcement means for health have already been answered.
Tomorrow’s comprehensive spending review will give NHS England a real terms increase to its budget of nearly £4bn in 2016-17, but will see further cuts to public health and an end to free nurse education, HSJ has learned.
Spending review 2015: What to expect for healthSubscription
HSJ sets out key issues the NHS should track in next week’s spending review announcement
NHS providers' half-year deficit hits £1.6bn Subscription
NHS providers recorded a £1.6bn deficit for the first half of the financial year and were forecasting a £2.2bn deficit by the year end, regulators reported this morning.
The first chief executive of NHS Improvement has warned that half-year financial results for the provider sector, due out tomorrow, will be “awful”.
The first chief executive of NHS Improvement has backed calls to significantly reduce the ‘efficiency factor’ savings target embedded in the tariff prices for providers in the next financial year.
The regulatory duties of NHS Improvement must not stand in the way of creating an organisation focused on helping providers to improve, Jim Mackey has said.
The Department of Health has asked regulators to quantify the amount of NHS provider capital expenditure that could be delayed until 2016-17, as central bodies struggle to bring down the huge deficit expected in the provider sector this year.