Dave West is HSJ chief reporter. His focus includes commissioning, particularly with NHS England and clinical commissioning groups, and on primary care reform. For HSJ Intelligence, he also covers the Yorkshire and the Humber and North East regions. In the past he has focused on acute care, quality, and informatics. He has been at HSJ since 2008, and in 2013 won the Medical Journalists' Association professional journalist of the year award. He has been nominated for awards for HSJ’s interactive clinical commissioning group map.Follow Dave West on Twitter @Davewwest
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A Labour government would not instigate a ‘top-down reorganisation’ of the NHS,Ed Miliband has told HSJ
Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has confirmed he wants health and wellbeing boards to be accountable for new ‘year of care budgets’ which would cover the ‘health and social care needs’ of those ‘at the greatest risk of hospitalisation’, but added that the funds would ‘be paid to an NHS preferred provider’.
Medical directors from England’s 10 biggest teaching hospitals have written to their counterparts at NHS England and Monitor to warn that controversial new tariff plans will damage patient care and lengthen waiting times.
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GP practices in a significant minority of areas are forming groups with non-neighbouring practices. In some of those, data suggests one group is formed from better performing and/or less deprived practices.
Including the list of practices rated red on their PCT’s scorecard in more than a third of areas.
Two of Andrew Lansley’s big summer announcements have irked some in the NHS for a number of reasons, and they were both information publications of sorts.
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