James Clayton is a health policy freelance journalist.
Clinical commissioning is behind schedule in many areas with the transfer of staff from primary care trusts stalled and just over a year remaining before the NHS’s structural overhaul is supposed to be complete.
Outpatient appointments increase by 4.5pcSubscription
The number of outpatient appointments increased by 4.5 per cent last year, according to NHS Information Centre figures.
Scrapped NHS IT System to cost a further £2bnSubscription
The American company behind the National Programme for IT has predicted it will earn up to another £2bn from its work with the NHS.
The Office for Budget Responsibility has forecast the NHS pension scheme will pay out more money than it receives in 2013-14, meaning it will require a £500m Treasury bailout.
James Clayton, a reporter on the HSJ and Nursing Times news desk, spent yesterday talking to nurses and other health workers on the picket lines in London.