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Acute care

Jeremy Hunt

Exclusive: Patient choice is not key to improving performance, says Hunt

Patient choice is no longer fundamental to improving NHS performance, the health secretary has declared, marking a major break from a policy favoured by Conservative and Labour governments

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Breaking news

BREAKING: Tariff reveals NHS savings targets for 2015-16

NHS pricing authorities will require all providers to deliver another 3.8 per cent in efficiency savings next year, while tweaking the controversial “marginal rate” for emergency admissions to ease the financial strain on smaller hospitals

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Houses of Parliament

Government considering 'incentives' for trusts to sell land

Jeremy Hunt has accepted the need for ‘investment in new primary care estate’ and revealed the government is examining how to encourage FTs to sell unused land

Money

Deficit for NHS providers swells to £630m

The NHS provider sector has plunged further into the red, the latest figures from Monitor and the NHS Trust Development Authority show

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David Behan

CQC recruitment difficulties threaten inspection targets

The Care Quality Commission’s struggle to employ enough staff to inspect all acute trusts by the end of next year has been flagged up as a “key risk” by its chief executive.

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Frail older care in hospital 'fragmented', experts warn

Health leaders and patient advocates have welcomed the findings of the HSJ/Serco commission while warning that frail older people were not well managed by “fragmented” healthcare regimes.

Elderly BME patient

Lack of leadership limiting improvements in elderly care, commission finds

A lack of leadership is limiting the ability of hospitals to provide “best in class care” to elderly patients, with too much variation across providers according to the HSJ Commission on Hospital Care for Frail Older People.

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Integration will not save money, HSJ commission concludes

Political leaders’ belief that health and social care integration is the “silver bullet” for the NHS’s financial difficulties is a “myth” and “Messiah concept” that has no realistic prospect of success.

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Andy Burnham

Burnham: FT model reinforces hospital domination

The foundation trust model must be updated to prevent a hospital centred approach which could “perpetuates silos”, shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has said.

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Hinchingbrooke Hospital

Exclusive: Hinchingbrooke A&E could face axe

The NHS’s only privately run hospital, Hinchingbrooke Health Care Trust, could lose core services such as its accident and emergency department despite earlier assurances that franchising the hospital would protect it from such a move.

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Hospital bed

Exclusive: Delayed transfer rate soars to highest level

The national rate of delayed transfers of care has soared to its highest ever level, threatening the better care fund’s ambition to cut costs by improving the transfer of patients from hospital to other care settings.

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Ambulance

Accident and emergency bailout fund increases to £700m

Hospitals are to receive an extra £300m in government cash in a bid to arrest further decline in A&E performance over the winter

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Salford Royal Foundation Trust

Three more trusts impose out of area referral restrictions

Three further trusts have imposed controversial curbs on patient access to services by restricting referrals from outside of their catchment areas

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Mark Newbold

Hospital chief executive steps down after regulatory action

The chief executive of a large Midlands hospital trust has announced he is stepping down

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GP and patient

Bewick: Up-skilled GPs should support emergency and acute services

Emergency and acute services in some areas could increasingly be supported by up-skilled GPs, working across hospital and community settings, NHS England’s deputy medical director has said

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Mike Bewick

Primary care 'in foothills' of modernisation, says NHS England director

Primary care has only reached the ‘foothills’ of transformation, Mike Bewick has said during an interview in which he predicts a “steeper fall” in the number of individual GP practices

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Data sharing: step out of the technological dark ages

How to make sharing really happen

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Muscular dystrophy

The future for specialists is beyond a hospital’s four walls

Specialists can support and train GPs and nurses

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Older patient and nurse in hsopital

Out of bed and back home: improving acute elderly care

How new care pathways cut hospital stays

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Surgeons

Keep up with change: The trusts transforming the outpatient pathway

How six trusts are keeping up with the increasing expectations on services

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Ambulance on the road

How London Ambulance is preparing for winter pressures

Intelligent conveyancing helps to spread the load

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