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Mental health spending set for 1.4 per cent rise

18-Sep-2014 | By

Commissioners plan to increase their total spending on mental health services by £120m this year, a rise of 1.4 per cent in cash terms, HSJ can reveal.

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Spend the £250m elective fund or lose it, Stevens warns trusts

18-Sep-2014 | By

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.

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BREAKING: NHS faces strike action after Unison poll

18-Sep-2014 | By

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.

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Labour insists scrapping NHS competition would not require major upheaval

17-Sep-2014 | By

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.

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Stevens calls for tougher public health incentive policies

18-Sep-2014 | By , The Press Association

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.

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Ten trusts seek 'local modification' price hikes – and most are rejected

18-Sep-2014 | By

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.

NHS hospital comparison website launched 

18-Sep-2014 | By

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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Twitter chat: How is the Foundation Trust sector performing?


Join our Twitter discussion about the current state of the FT sector on 22 September

'Huge variation' in therapy waits

18-Sep-2014 | By The Press Association

Latest national figures have shown wide variation in the length of time patients diagnosed with anxiety or depression wait for therapy.

Behan warns of 'gap in the system' following baby's death case

17-Sep-2014 | By

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.

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Strained ambulance service to cut call-outs by 15 per cent

17-Sep-2014 | By

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.

NHS to plan for 'transition' year in 2015-16

17-Sep-2014 | By

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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HSJ Live 18.09.14: Spend the £250m elective fund or lose it, Stevens warns trusts


Trusts could lose their share of the £250m elective fund if they do not perform increased numbers of patient procedures, plus the rest of the day’s news and comment


Webinar: Mike Richards to answer your questions on the new CQC regime

The chief inspector for hospitals joins our expert panel

Commissioners should join CQC inspections, says CCG leader

A clinical commissioning group leader has called on the Care Quality Commission to allow CCGs to join inspections of their local hospitals.

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Monitor to 'help FT become an integrated care organisation'

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”.

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