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Monitor could be asked to examine £350m contract

A decision by NHS England to hand more than half of the country’s PET-CT imaging services to one company could be the subject of a formal complaint to market regulator Monitor, HSJ has learned.

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Market role 'hugely limited' in NHS, says CQC chair

The role of the market is ‘hugely limited’ in health and social care partly because its users often ‘have no power’, the Care Quality Commission chair has said.

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New health chief to oversee Manchester’s devolved budget

A new health and social care chief executive will be accountable for Greater Manchester’s £6bn devolved health and care budget, Manchester City Council chief executive Sir Howard Bernstein has said.

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Hunt: £240m tech fund ‘not cut’

A flagship NHS technology fund widely feared to have been raided to finance support for struggling accident and emergency departments has not been ‘cut’ but will instead be subject to ‘a staged roll out’, according to health secretary Jeremy Hunt.

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Counties should get health devolution, says report

Delayed discharges from hospitals into social care are 43 per cent higher than average in county areas, leaving them financially stretched but without devolved control over health, MPs have warned.

Savings must be found without any additional transitional finance to help establish new services

Trusts go to the wire on voluntary tariff offer

A significant number of providers are still yet to decide whether to accept NHS England and Monitor’s offer of a ‘voluntary’ tariff for 2015-16, with just a day to go until the offer expires, HSJ has been told.

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Department of Health finance chief to retire

Richard Douglas, the Department of Health’s highly influential director general for finance and the NHS, will retire at the end of May.

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Unions split over government pay offer

Members of the largest healthcare union have voted to accept the government’s latest pay offer, while NHS managers have turned down the proposals, describing them as ‘divisive’.

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Norman Lamb

Exclusive: Lamb proposes single department for health and social care

Care minister Norman Lamb has told HSJ that he wants to create a single government department for health and social care by joining budgets at a national level.

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NEW Devon accused of conflict of interest in £100m contract award

COMMERCIAL: A community services provider has accused the country’s largest clinical commissioning group of a conflict of interest in its decision to award a £100m contract without a tender.

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Leaked report exposes Staffordshire's 'oppressive culture'

A leaked report has delivered a damning verdict on the NHS leadership in Staffordshire, describing the health economy as beset with an ‘oppressive culture’ and in ‘perpetual crisis mode’.

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Construction of new mental health facility underway

STRUCTURE: Building work has begun on a mental health facility in Leigh as part of 5 Boroughs Partnership Foundation Trust.


Manchester NHS calls for regulation shake-up after devolution deal

NHS providers across Greater Manchester have called for a ‘new set of relationships’ with health regulators to underpin the newly agreed £6bn devolution of commissioning responsibilities to the conurbation.

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Updated: £6bn Manchester devolution deal is signed

NHS and local government leaders have this morning announced plans to join up health and social care budgets for Manchester worth £6bn, but insisted the deal is not a ‘town hall takeover’ of health services.

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'Rollover' trusts still able to negotiate local tariff prices

Trusts that opt to roll over 2014-15 national tariff prices to 2015-16 will still be able to agree local variations with commissioners, national pricing authorities have said.

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George Osborne

Osborne: Manchester's health deal sets trail for other areas

The chancellor has said the signing of the £6bn deal to bring together health and social care budgets in Greater Manchester, overseen by an elected mayor, has ‘set a trail for the rest of the country to follow’.

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Clocking on at the NHS factory: Lessons from industry

Calculating healthcare in industrial terms makes better use of staff time

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Using the building blocks of joined up care

Projects across the country delivering integrated care

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