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Jeremy Hunt

Hunt: NHS has 'responsibility' to help councils

Health service must help with local government’s ‘tough financial settlement’, the health secretary has said

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Exclusive survey: HR managers back end to pay restraint

NHS staff should be awarded a pay rise in line with inflation in 2015-16, according to a poll of HR managers by HSJ

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Majority of HR managers would support imposing a contract on doctors

Most NHS senior human resources directors would support the imposition of national employment contracts on medical staff, an HSJ survey has found

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Morbidly obese patients face restrictions under NEW Devon cost cutting plan

FINANCE: A cash strapped clinical commissioning group plans to limit access to routine surgery for obese patients and suspend funding for some non-urgent procedures in a drastic bid to find £26m of in year savings.

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Andy Burnham

Exclusive: Labour could make NICE guidance mandatory

A Labour government could reduce variation in access to drugs and procedures by making it mandatory for commissioners to follow NICE guidelines, Andy Burnham has revealed

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Burnham sets out role for private providers in his NHS vision

Private health providers could play a significant role in providing NHS services under a Labour government, the shadow health secretary has suggested

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'There's no getting away from difficult choices over staff pay,' says Burnham

A Labour government would use pay restraint and make ‘difficult choices’ about the wages of NHS frontline staff if the party wins the election next year

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Exclusive: Ministers keen to extend joint commissioning

Ministers want to extend NHS joint commissioning with councils to public health and children’s services, after being convinced by the better care fund planning process that the model will reap service improvements and financial benefits

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Mapped: Candidates for health economy 'special measures'

Whole health economies could face intervention for poor performance under a new approach proposed by the NHS national bodies, under the NHS Five Year Forward View.

Simon Stevens

Stevens considers 'freeing up' funds for 'service change'

Simon Stevens has indicated part of NHS funding could be designated to be spent on investment to ‘kick start service change’

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George Osborne

Osborne's NHS spending claim disputed

Health finance experts have strongly disputed the chancellor’s claim that a ‘similar increase’ in NHS spending to the one achieved in this parliament would meet the funding call in the NHS Five Year Forward View

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

Tariff consultation delayed

The publication of a consultation document for the 2015-16 national tariff payment system has been delayed by three weeks, officials have confirmed.

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Bristol

Trust's winter cash withheld until it has 'believable' A&E plan

PERFORMANCE: One of the worst performing areas on the four hour accident and emergency target has seen its “system resilience” money withheld temporarily after failing to devise a “believable” improvement plan.

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Priory Group sets sights on community contracts

A major private provider of mental healthcare beds in the UK is planning a significant expansion into the sector’s community services market

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Devon CCG warns 'services will suffer' due to unaffordable demand

FINANCE: The country’s biggest clinical commissioning group will have to take immediate action to prioritise patient access to services in the face of unaffordable increases in demand, it has warned.

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A&E emergency admissions at highest ever level

Emergency admissions to accident and emergency departments have hit their highest level since records began, the latest NHS England figures reveal.

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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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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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