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Rob Webster

Confed chief: Politicians should recognise workforce cost reality

Politicians should recognise the NHS needs to ‘get more out of’ and reduce the cost of its staff, the NHS Confederation chief executive has said.

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Social workers

Social care leader warns integration will not solve financial woes

Integration of health and social care will help improve services but will not be the answer to the financial challenge facing the sector, the new president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Service has said.


Somerset CCG mulls early end to provider contracts

FINANCE: Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group is considering whether to release itself from contracts with a number of local providers in a bid to reduce financial pressures.

Jeremy Hunt

Exclusive: Social care will benefit from £8bn NHS boost, says Hunt

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has told HSJ the better care fund should be ‘accelerated and extended’, helping the social care sector to benefit from increased spending promised for the NHS.

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Nick Clegg

Liberal Democrats commit to repeal competition elements of Health Act

The Liberal Democrats have criticised the role of competition in the health service, pledging to repeal parts of the Health Act 2012 and end the competition authority’s role in health.

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Hospital Clock

Hunt: Seven day NHS may be cheapest way to meet rising demand

The Conservatives’ plan to extend weekend working would help the NHS meet rising demand for operations, rather than being an additional cost pressure, the health secretary has argued.

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Monitor to investigate Cambridgeshire and Peterborough finances

FINANCE: Monitor is probing the financial sustainability of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust – just weeks after it took on an extra 1,400 staff as part of one of the NHS’s biggest, most complex service restructures.

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NHS staff on picket line

Unison issues strike warning over unsocial hours pay

One of the largest NHS unions has issued a warning to the next government that it will ballot for strike action if ministers try to cut unsocial hours payments.

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David Cameron

Conservatives pledge to fund forward view in election manifesto

The Conservative Party has firmly backed the NHS Five Year Forward View in its election manifesto. It includes an explicit commitment to spend at least an extra £8bn a year on the NHS, over and above inflation, by 2020.

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Person signing contract

Exclusive: Trusts received contract offers on deadline day

Some contracts for 2015-16 remain unsigned two weeks after the deadline as some trusts only received their offers on the day they were meant to be signed, HSJ has been told.

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Andy Burnham

Exclusive: Forward view leaves ‘big questions unanswered’, says Burnham

Andy Burnham has said the NHS Five Year Forward View left ‘many big questions unanswered’ and Labour would not be setting the health service ‘on the right path’ by adopting it without making ‘other fundamental changes’.

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Ed Miliband

Labour pledges to avoid 'extreme' cuts to social care

Labour has pledged to avoid ‘extreme’ cuts to social care in the next parliament in order to improve quality of care and prevent further pressure on the NHS.

Money, cash and notes

Burnham: Social care will benefit from Labour's £2.5bn health cash boost

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham speaks to LGC following the launch of Labour’s manifesto

George Osborne

Conservatives confirm extra £8bn for NHS in manifesto pledge

The Conservatives’ election manifesto will commit to a “minimum real terms increase in NHS funding of £8bn” by 2020 which they say is a firm promise to fund the NHS Five Year Forward View.

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Labour launches NHS manifesto amid funding plans row with Tories

Labour has launched its health manifesto and accused the Conservatives of making ‘unfunded commitments’ after ministers pledged to invest significant extra funding into the NHS.  

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Blood pathology

Exclusive: NHS owned pathology joint venture expects £4.5m loss

A pathology joint venture owned by six NHS trusts is forecasting a £4.5m deficit for its first year of operation, HSJ has learned.

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mental health parity

The three steps to balance parity of esteem for mental health

Closing the gap between physical and mental health

Shaking hands

Reach out to GPs and social care to create provider led solutions

Making the move to capitated outcomes based commissioning

Industrial chimneys smoking with pollution

Clocking on at the NHS factory: Lessons from industry

Calculating healthcare in industrial terms makes better use of staff time

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