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James Clayton

James Clayton is a health policy freelance journalist.


  • Commissioning budget plan

    Clinical commissioning behind schedule and risking 'suspended animation'Subscription

    5 January, 2012Comments (16)

    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.

  • GP treating a patient

    Outpatient appointments increase by 4.5pcSubscription

    21 December, 2011

    The number of outpatient appointments increased by 4.5 per cent last year, according to NHS Information Centre figures.

  • Computer Monitors Fotolia Credit

    Scrapped NHS IT System to cost a further £2bnSubscription

    15 December, 2011Comments (7)

    The American company behind the National Programme for IT has predicted it will earn up to another £2bn from its work with the NHS.

  • Pensions graphic

    NHS pension scheme deficit predicted within three yearsSubscription

    7 December, 2011Comments (7)

    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.

  • picket line

    Views from the picket line

    1 December, 2011

    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.