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Government seeks round the clock cover for 'no additional pay'

Government ambitions to deliver more NHS services seven days a week without increasing the wage bill have been branded an ‘attack on hard working nurses’.

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Calibre of senior management talent in decline, survey suggests

The calibre of applicants for top NHS posts is getting worse, many healthcare leaders believe.

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NHS England withdraws involvement from baby death probe

NHS England appears to have ruled itself out of direct involvement in patient care investigations after refusing to join the Care Quality Commission in a probe into the death of a baby girl.

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Success of hospital cash incentive scheme tails off

A project that aimed to reduce death rates in hospitals using financial incentives has seen its initial period of success tail off, research reveals.

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Hospital slammed for 'extortionate' staff parking fees

Hospital managers have been branded ‘immoral’ for introducing ‘extortionate’ parking charges for staff who need their cars for work.

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Progress on choice of provider has stalled, figures show

The proportion of patients who said they were offered a choice of provider on referral has slightly fallen since 2010, despite a coalition’s commitment to oversee an increase.

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Exclusive: Hospital trust sector deficit could breach £750m this year

The NHS acute sector is expecting to record a net deficit in excess of £750m for the current financial year, exclusive HSJ research shows.

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Health economies across the country face acute sector deficits

Hospital trust financial problems have now spread across England, with the acute sector in the majority of health economies expecting an overall deficit in 2014-15.

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HSJ map: Most health economies set for hospital deficit

Our map highlights the health economies expecting to record a deficit for 2014-15

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Emergency services face sweeping payment system reform

NHS England and Monitor have floated proposals for sweeping reform of the payment systems for emergency healthcare, to help bring about the changes envisaged by the Keogh review of urgent and emergency care.

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Monitor’s pricing tariff independence under scrutiny

The Foundation Trust Network has urged Monitor to stay independent when setting the national pricing tariff, despite pressures on the NHS budget.

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Nurse staffing levels linked to weekend death rates from stroke, research finds

Stroke patients are more likely to die in units with lower nurse staffing levels at weekends, according to latest UK research.

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Exclusive: Emergency medic recruitment hits highest ever level

The number of trainee doctors recruited to work in England’s A&E departments has increased to its highest ever level, Health Education England has revealed

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Five year NHS strategy to set out preferred 'care models'

The five year strategy being developed by NHS England will set out ‘a range of care models’ aimed at putting the service on a sustainable financial footing, it has said.

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Royal Liverpool challenged over A&E income

FINANCE:  Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group has launched an investigation into a “significant increase” in the cost of accident and emergency at one of the city’s major hospitals.

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Mental health funding cuts revealed

Exclusive: Analysis reveals mental health trust funding cuts

NHS mental health providers have slashed beds and staff levels as they cope with real term funding cuts and the soaring cost of sending patients hundreds of miles away for treatment.

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David Oliver

Beware the false solutions to the NHS's challenges

There is a glut of questionable statements being made

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Upgrade ward rounds to transform care reviews and reduce patient stays

One trusts has pioneered a new approach

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Wake up to the commissioning needs of sleep disorders

Moving some services into primary care risks ‘dumbing down’

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How the CQC’s new hospital inspections measure up

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

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