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First wave integration plans aim low on emergency activity

Four of the first five better care fund plans to receive official approval are all aiming for less than the ‘expected minimum target’ of a 3.5 per cent reduction in emergency admissions.

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Consultation launched on heart surgery standards

NHS England has begun consultation on a new set of standards for congenital heart disease services, in the latest chapter of the long-running debate on the future of children’s cardiac surgery.

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

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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DH arm's length bodies to consider overseas business

A host of Department of Health arm’s length bodies - including Health Education England, Public Health England and Monitor - will meet this month to discuss the scope for marketing their services overseas.

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Cut to councils' public health budgets

Local authorities’ core public health funding will be cut in real terms in 2015-16, it has been announced

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BMA calls for next government to tackle lifestyle issues

Alcohol, smoking and poor childhood diets are among public health issues that should be targeted by the next government, doctors have said.

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RCP joins calls for NHS funding increase

The Royal College of Physicians has warned politicians that a “crisis of care” in NHS hospitals can “only be avoided by a significant increase in health funding”.

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Exclusive: CCG interest in 'any qualified provider' scheme dwindles

There is dwindling interest among commissioners in using “any qualified provider” to increase competition and patient choice, an HSJ investigation has found

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MEPs urged to exempt NHS from trade deal

The leader of the country’s biggest union has written to all UK MEPs urging them to vote against a controversial EU-US trade deal if the NHS is not exempted.

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Integrated care round up: Heat turns up in the health and social care debate

Discussion and debate on integrated care has been rife

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Exclusive: Health leaders demand politicians set out clear NHS mandate

A broad coalition of health and social care leaders will tomorrow call on all political parties to make a manifesto commitment of at least £4bn to fund NHS service changes over the next parliament, HSJ has been told.

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Payment reforms would be a ‘disaster’, warns A&E leader

Proposals by NHS England and Monitor for reform of the urgent and emergency care payment system would be a ‘disaster’ for emergency departments, the president of the College of Emergency Medicine has said

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Pressure grows for action on sepsis

Identifying and treating sepsis could soon be given the same attention as reducing pressure ulcers or hospital acquired infections, with campaigners claiming Sir Bruce Keogh is “supportive in principle” of increased national focus on the condition.

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CSU independence plan put on hold

NHS England has paused a project that would enable its commissioning support units to become independent in just over two years.

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Monitor chair's £1k taxi bill sparks 'urgent' expenses review

Monitor is “urgently reviewing” its expenses policy after its chair unwittingly ran up a bill of nearly £1,000 for short taxi rides in less than three months.

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Updated: Bupa joint venture wins £235m NHS contract

A £235m contract to provide NHS musculoskeletal services for West Sussex has been awarded to a joint venture between health insurance company Bupa and a community services social enterprise.

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Spreading innovation: AHSNs step up to the challenge

Networks reflect the NHS’s new determination to improve

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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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Gill Morgan: We need to manage Griffiths' unintended consequences

Doctors feel outnumbered and managers have been arrogant

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