NHS England has been accused of misleading government ministers and labelled a ‘dysfunctional organisation’ over delays in drawing up a prescribing policy for drugs to treat rare diseases.
NHS organisations are being strongly encouraged to bid for funding from an EU pot worth £4.4bn to be spent in the UK over the next seven years.
FINANCE: West Midlands Ambulance Service Foundation Trust has allocated £3.6m over two years to build a new ambulance base in Stoke-on-Trent.
STRUCTURE: Surrey and Borders Partnership Foundation Trust expects the redevelopment of inpatient facility Farnham Road Hospital in Guildford to be completed in June and to have patients by November.
STRUCTURE: Smaller hospitals must ask ‘searching questions’ about the services they can realistically provide in order to guarantee their sustainability, a district general hospital chief executive has said.
COMMERCIAL: Circle has given share options to Hinchingbrooke Health Care Trust’s charitable fund on the eve of its departure from the hospital.
NHS England will accelerate planned changes to urgent and emergency care services because of poor performance across the sector.
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has indicated the Conservatives would meet the NHS’s funding requirements, but declined to specifically say they would increase spending by the £8bn sum identified by national officials.
Tackling the urgent care challenge
Ed Miliband has pledged that a Labour led government would impose a profit cap on private providers of NHS ‘clinical services’. He made the announcement at a speech to launch the party’s general election campaign in east London today.
Virgin Care has been awarded a £280m, seven-year prime provider contract to manage services in East Staffordshire, HSJ can reveal.
Dr Foster Intelligence has been bought by an Australian telecoms giant, HSJ can exclusively reveal.
A new law on avoidable harm in health and social care is set to receive royal assent today.
Cabinet office minister Francis Maude has said there is ‘much more’ scope for the use of personal budgets in health and social care.
All 32 London clinical commissioning groups and NHS England’s London arm have set out plans to drive the improvements called for by the NHS Five Year Forward View and the London Health Commission.
The NHS workforce grew by more than 2 per cent last year, which also saw the first rise in the number of NHS managers employed since 2009.
Closing the gap between physical and mental health
Making the move to capitated outcomes based commissioning
Calculating healthcare in industrial terms makes better use of staff time
Using people to power the NHS