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CCGs divided over fines waiver as trusts strive to clear waiting lists

Clinical commissioning groups appear to be split over whether to penalise providers for breaching planned treatment targets as they seek to clear backlogs over the summer with government cash

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Vast amounts of data can lead to "information overload"

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Inspection notice periods could treble

Hospitals, GP practices and care homes could see pre-inspection notice periods trebled under a new Care Quality Commission approach.


Keogh trusts have progressed one year on, says Richards

Strong leadership and good clinical engagement are the essential qualities for turning around failing trusts, chief inspector of hospitals Sir Mike Richards has told HSJ.


Staff sickness costs £1.5bn, NHS Employers claims

Sickness absence is costing the NHS around £1.5bn a year, NHS Employers has claimed as new analysis reveals that hospital managers and doctors have some of the lowest rates.

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TDA investigates why winter pressures have continued into summer

The NHS Trust Development Authority is undertaking “urgent work” to investigate the “unexpectedly high” demand for acute services that has seen winter pressures continue into the summer.

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Anne Rainsberry

Major reorganisation of specialist cancer and cardiac treatment approved

A reorganisation of specialist cancer and cardiac treatment across north east London and West Essex that will see two major hospitals host one specialism each was given the green light by commissioners last week.

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Manchester trust calls for suspension of Healthier Together consultation

STRUCTURE: A teaching hospital, whose services are threatened by a major shake up of acute care in Greater Manchester, has called for a ‘flawed’ consultation on the plan to be suspended.

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Exclusive: Hinchingbrooke backtracks on controversial £50 referrals offer

The NHS hospital run by private provider Circle has been forced to withdraw an offer to pay local GPs a £50 ‘administrative fee’ for surgery referrals, claiming the proposal had been ‘misunderstood in some areas’.

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Exclusive: Trusts seek to shield wage bills with income ambitions

English hospitals have reduced the amount they expect to save on wage bills this year, as they focus on cutting costs in other areas and boosting income

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A&E patients 'will wait longer'

Patients should expect ‘inevitable’ greater waits in accident and emergency departments, two health charities have warned.

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Hunt dismisses Keogh trusts' finance struggles

Lack of money is no excuse for poor care, the health secretary has said

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Doctors urged to opt out of working week directive

The Department of Health has pledged to find ways to help more doctors opt out of the European working time directive, which the authority admits has led to rigid shift patterns and had a detrimental effect on training.

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Drop in bans on hospital and care home workers

The Labour Party has voiced concern about a sharp drop in the numbers of people being barred from working with vulnerable adults in care homes and hospitals.


Local education and training posts at risk in HEE's cost cutting review

Education and training posts across the country could be axed as part of the second phase of Health Education England’s cost cutting reorganisation.

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How the CQC’s new hospital inspections measure up

What’s changed, what works and what doesn’t

Open book accounting can lead to a more honest NHS

Forging more honest debate about costs

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The NHS gets the A&E demand it deserves

High demand stems from the service’s own offer to patients

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The friends and family test has been praised by the government. It says it can drive up standards by giving patients a stronger voice to decide if their healthcare is good enough

Are patients being heard? The friends and family test reviewed

Study highlights issues with the validity and data

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