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Exclusive: Better care fund investment returns 'wildly unrealistic', analysis finds

One in 10 better care fund plans are predicting a first year return on investment of more than 20 per cent, HSJ analysis has revealed, prompting new suggestions that the financial planning of the fund is ‘wildly unrealistic’.

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CCGs launch one-year community services tender

COMMERCIAL: A pair of clinical commissioning groups in the east of England have decided to retender their community services for only one year.

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Updated: NHS England to fund 'significant volume' of private sector care

NHS England has agreed to commission a ‘significant range and volume’ of planned care from private hospitals over the coming months, following the failure of a national push to clear NHS waiting list backlogs

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NHS England earmarks £1bn for underfunded CCGs

NHS England this afternoon approved plans to use more than half of the extra £2bn that has been freed up for health service spending in 2015-16 to bring underfunded clinical commissioning groups closer to their “fair share” of allocations.

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Waiting time standards toughened up under contract proposals

Tougher financial penalties will be imposed on trusts that fail to meet waiting time standards and commissioners’ freedom to waive penalties will be curbed under NHS England’s draft standard contract for 2015-16, which was published this week.

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Emergency care fines strengthened to encourage 'radical transformation'

The financial penalty imposed on accident and emergency departments that fail to meet the 95 per cent four hour target has been strengthened to encourage ‘radical transformation’ from struggling NHS providers.

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NHS England to trial employing pharmacists in A&E

The urgent and emergency care review being led by NHS England will conduct a national pilot in the spring to trial employing pharmacists in an emergency department setting.

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Exclusive: Service hit by staff 'exodus' after CCG transfers contract to Circle

One of the biggest teaching trusts in England has been forced to axe its once renowned acute dermatology service following an “exodus” of medical consultants following the transfer of their contract to private provider Circle.

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Appeal finds NICE decision on £90k breast cancer drug 'unfair'

The impact of the government’s drug pricing deal on patient access to new medicines has been thrown into confusion after a pharmaceutical company’s appeal against the decision to ban routine NHS funding of one of its drugs was upheld.

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One in three trusts have board level vacancies

One in three trusts have at least one vacancy or interim executive on their board, according to a King’s Fund report based on research by HSJ.

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'Perfect storm' tips Walsall trust into the red

Walsall Healthcare Trust has instigated an action plan to clear its ‘significant’ waiting list after being hit by a ‘perfect storm’ of IT problems and heightened demand that threatens to push it £9m into the red.

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NEW Devon drops plans to restrict surgery for smokers and obese patients

Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group has dropped controversial ‘rationing’ plans that would have restricted elective surgery to smokers and obese patients.

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Exclusive: Agency pay variations revealed

Hospitals across the North West paid the highest rates for locum medical staff, an analysis of expenditure on temporary staff in 2013-14 has indicated.

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Carter's procurement review to scrutinise temporary staff costs

A government backed review of NHS procurement has been expanded to examine the “concerning” risk in temporary staff bills, its head has revealed to HSJ.

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Monitor costing regime promises to 'reduce burden' on trusts

Providers of NHS services are to simplify the way they submit patient level reference cost data to national bodies, under proposals from the regulator Monitor designed to improve comparisons between providers.

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'Success regime' will direct struggling areas to new models, Stevens reveals

National officials will create a ‘success regime’ in which struggling areas are directed to move quickly into the new care models proposed in the NHS Five Year Forward View, Simon Stevens has revealed, while warning local leaders against attempts to ‘re-spray’ their existing plans.

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Using the building blocks of joined up care

Projects across the country delivering integrated care

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Take the local lead on health inequalities

A new strategic approach to improve public health

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Bankers: the unlikely role models for NHS diversity

Why the financial sector performs better for top level diversity

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The 10 steps to make technology work in local healthcare

Technology itself isn’t an elixir for health and social care

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