Trusts could lose their share of the £250m elective fund if they do not perform increased numbers of patient procedures, the chief executive of NHS England has warned.
The NHS could be hit by strike action as soon as next month after a majority of Unison members voted in favour of industrial action over pay.
A legal adviser to the Labour Party has rejected claims it would have to ‘dismantle’ the commissioner-provider split in order to remove the effect of EU procurement rules on the NHS.
Simon Stevens has recommended empowering local government to set tougher public health policy, and giving financial incentives, such as tax breaks, to employers which promote health.
Only 10 trusts have made use of rules introduced under the government’s health reforms to seek permission to raise their prices above national ‘tariff’ rates - and most of those applications have been rejected.
A new website to enable patients and staff to compare hospitals across a broad range of metrics from accident and emergency waiting times to the quality of meals will be launched tomorrow.
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Latest national figures have shown wide variation in the length of time patients diagnosed with anxiety or depression wait for therapy.
The head of the Care Quality Commission has admitted a gap in the regulatory system is preventing the investigation of historic patient complaints, after NHS England pulled out of a proposed joint investigation.
PERFORMANCE: London Ambulance Service Trust has announced it will cut the number of emergency calls that receive an ambulance response by 15 per cent, in response to staff shortages and rising demand.
The coming financial year will be a ‘transition’ period with few new national requirements so the NHS ‘can focus on core aspects’ such as financial sustainability and waiting time targets, NHS England has indicated.
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A clinical commissioning group leader has called on the Care Quality Commission to allow CCGs to join inspections of their local hospitals.
Health sector regulator Monitor has claimed it will for the first time attempt to help a foundation trust hospital become “a full integrated care organisation”.