Health service must help with local government’s ‘tough financial settlement’, the health secretary has said
NHS staff should be awarded a pay rise in line with inflation in 2015-16, according to a poll of HR managers by HSJ
Most NHS senior human resources directors would support the imposition of national employment contracts on medical staff, an HSJ survey has found
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.
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
Private health providers could play a significant role in providing NHS services under a Labour government, the shadow health secretary has suggested
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
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
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 has indicated part of NHS funding could be designated to be spent on investment to ‘kick start service change’
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
The publication of a consultation document for the 2015-16 national tariff payment system has been delayed by three weeks, officials have confirmed.
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.
A major private provider of mental healthcare beds in the UK is planning a significant expansion into the sector’s community services market
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.
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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Redesign turned it around
Networks reflect the NHS’s new determination to improve
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