The NHS will go into what is expected to be its toughest financial year yet with no nationally agreed set of prices for services, after controversial 2015-16 tariff proposals were resoundingly rejected by the dominant providers.
Hinchingbrooke Health Care Trust posted a £7.2m deficit for the first eight months of the 2014-15 financial year, according to figures published last week which give the fullest indication to date of the hospital’s financial problems.
The numbers of qualified nursing staff recruited by the NHS in England has reached record levels, with numbers increasing by more than 3,000 in a single month.
PERFORMANCE: Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust is planning an external review of options for the ‘sustainability of the trust’, with forecasts showing deficits for both 2014-15 and 2015-16.
STRUCTURE: Great Ormond Street Hospital is planning major works at its central London site as part of a “masterplan” to redesign buildings and improve services.
Fines levied on hospitals for missing the accident and emergency waiting target could increase by more than 35 per cent under new rules proposed for the coming financial year, HSJ analysis has found.
The NHS trust sector’s financial position has deteriorated to an overall deficit of £414.2m, providing new evidence of the pressure trusts are under.
Ministers across government are focusing on attempting to cut the rate of delayed transfers of care in a renewed effort to improve accident and emergency performance ahead of the general election.
NHS trade unions have suspended a 12 hour strike planned for Thursday, with the government appearing to give in to demands for a 1 per cent pay rise to all non-medical staff.
Labour has pledged to target duplication and bureaucracy they say has been caused by the Health Act 2012, raising the prospect of organisational changes if they form the next governement.
NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has suggested that there could be more flexibility in what constitutes a foundation trust in future.
Labour has pledged to shield voluntary sector organisations from the effects of its “NHS preferred provider” policies by giving not-for-profit providers “longer and more stable arrangements”.
Labour plans to introduce an ‘accountable provider’ for frail older people under its 10 year plan for the NHS funded via a ‘year of care tariff’. This suggests a new role for trusts as lead providers of joined up health and care services.
WORKFORCE: Sherwood Forest Hospitals Foundation Trust has appointed Paul Robinson as its chief finance officer.
A Labour government would draw up a new agreement with the NHS workforce including a commitment not to renege on staff pay recommendations, the party has promised.
Labour’s 10 year NHS plan includes an ambition to deliver further guarantees for mental health patients to receive talking therapy.
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