Politicians should recognise the NHS needs to ‘get more out of’ and reduce the cost of its staff, the NHS Confederation chief executive has said.
Integration of health and social care will help improve services but will not be the answer to the financial challenge facing the sector, the new president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Service has said.
FINANCE: Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group is considering whether to release itself from contracts with a number of local providers in a bid to reduce financial pressures.
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has told HSJ the better care fund should be ‘accelerated and extended’, helping the social care sector to benefit from increased spending promised for the NHS.
The Liberal Democrats have criticised the role of competition in the health service, pledging to repeal parts of the Health Act 2012 and end the competition authority’s role in health.
The Conservatives’ plan to extend weekend working would help the NHS meet rising demand for operations, rather than being an additional cost pressure, the health secretary has argued.
FINANCE: Monitor is probing the financial sustainability of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust – just weeks after it took on an extra 1,400 staff as part of one of the NHS’s biggest, most complex service restructures.
One of the largest NHS unions has issued a warning to the next government that it will ballot for strike action if ministers try to cut unsocial hours payments.
The Conservative Party has firmly backed the NHS Five Year Forward View in its election manifesto. It includes an explicit commitment to spend at least an extra £8bn a year on the NHS, over and above inflation, by 2020.
Some contracts for 2015-16 remain unsigned two weeks after the deadline as some trusts only received their offers on the day they were meant to be signed, HSJ has been told.
Andy Burnham has said the NHS Five Year Forward View left ‘many big questions unanswered’ and Labour would not be setting the health service ‘on the right path’ by adopting it without making ‘other fundamental changes’.
Labour has pledged to avoid ‘extreme’ cuts to social care in the next parliament in order to improve quality of care and prevent further pressure on the NHS.
Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham speaks to LGC following the launch of Labour’s manifesto
The Conservatives’ election manifesto will commit to a “minimum real terms increase in NHS funding of £8bn” by 2020 which they say is a firm promise to fund the NHS Five Year Forward View.
Labour has launched its health manifesto and accused the Conservatives of making ‘unfunded commitments’ after ministers pledged to invest significant extra funding into the NHS.
A pathology joint venture owned by six NHS trusts is forecasting a £4.5m deficit for its first year of operation, HSJ has learned.
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