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Exclusive: NHS England labelled 'dysfunctional' over drug policy delay

NHS England has been accused of misleading government ministers and labelled a ‘dysfunctional organisation’ over delays in drawing up a prescribing policy for drugs to treat rare diseases.

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NHS bodies urged to bid for slice of multibillion EU fund

NHS organisations are being strongly encouraged to bid for funding from an EU pot worth £4.4bn to be spent in the UK over the next seven years.

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£3.6m set aside for new ambulance base in Stoke

FINANCE: West Midlands Ambulance Service Foundation Trust has allocated £3.6m over two years to build a new ambulance base in Stoke-on-Trent.

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Revamped Surrey ward to open this autumn

STRUCTURE: Surrey and Borders Partnership Foundation Trust expects the redevelopment of inpatient facility Farnham Road Hospital in Guildford to be completed in June and to have patients by November.

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Small hospitals must ask 'searching questions' on future, says DGH chief

STRUCTURE: Smaller hospitals must ask ‘searching questions’ about the services they can realistically provide in order to guarantee their sustainability, a district general hospital chief executive has said.

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Hinchingbrooke Health and Care Trust

Circle gives share options to hospital charity in Hinchingbrooke swan song

COMMERCIAL: Circle has given share options to Hinchingbrooke Health Care Trust’s charitable fund on the eve of its departure from the hospital.

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NHS England speeds up emergency care transformation plan

NHS England will accelerate planned changes to urgent and emergency care services because of poor performance across the sector.

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Jeremy Hunt

Jeremy Hunt: NHS funding will be settled in the summer

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has indicated the Conservatives would meet the NHS’s funding requirements, but declined to specifically say they would increase spending by the £8bn sum identified by national officials.

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Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband pledges cap on profits of independent providers in NHS

Ed Miliband has pledged that a Labour led government would impose a profit cap on private providers of NHS ‘clinical services’. He made the announcement at a speech to launch the party’s general election campaign in east London today.

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Revealed: Virgin handed £280m Staffordshire contract

Virgin Care has been awarded a £280m, seven-year prime provider contract to manage services in East Staffordshire, HSJ can reveal.

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Roger Taylor

Exclusive: Dr Foster Intelligence sold to Australian telecoms giant

Dr Foster Intelligence has been bought by an Australian telecoms giant, HSJ can exclusively reveal.

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Houses of Parliament

Avoidable harm bill becomes law today

A new law on avoidable harm in health and social care is set to receive royal assent today.

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Maude calls for more personal budgets and mutuals

Cabinet office minister Francis Maude has said there is ‘much more’ scope for the use of personal budgets in health and social care.

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London workers

Exclusive: All London CCGs and NHS England join forces on city-wide vision

All 32 London clinical commissioning groups and NHS England’s London arm have set out plans to drive the improvements called for by the NHS Five Year Forward View and the London Health Commission.

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Updated: Number of NHS managers shows a rise

The NHS workforce grew by more than 2 per cent last year, which also saw the first rise in the number of NHS managers employed since 2009.

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mental health parity

The three steps to balance parity of esteem for mental health

Closing the gap between physical and mental health

Shaking hands

Reach out to GPs and social care to create provider led solutions

Making the move to capitated outcomes based commissioning

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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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