A decision by NHS England to hand more than half of the country’s PET-CT imaging services to one company could be the subject of a formal complaint to market regulator Monitor, HSJ has learned.
The role of the market is ‘hugely limited’ in health and social care partly because its users often ‘have no power’, the Care Quality Commission chair has said.
A new health and social care chief executive will be accountable for Greater Manchester’s £6bn devolved health and care budget, Manchester City Council chief executive Sir Howard Bernstein has said.
A flagship NHS technology fund widely feared to have been raided to finance support for struggling accident and emergency departments has not been ‘cut’ but will instead be subject to ‘a staged roll out’, according to health secretary Jeremy Hunt.
Delayed discharges from hospitals into social care are 43 per cent higher than average in county areas, leaving them financially stretched but without devolved control over health, MPs have warned.
A significant number of providers are still yet to decide whether to accept NHS England and Monitor’s offer of a ‘voluntary’ tariff for 2015-16, with just a day to go until the offer expires, HSJ has been told.
Richard Douglas, the Department of Health’s highly influential director general for finance and the NHS, will retire at the end of May.
Members of the largest healthcare union have voted to accept the government’s latest pay offer, while NHS managers have turned down the proposals, describing them as ‘divisive’.
Care minister Norman Lamb has told HSJ that he wants to create a single government department for health and social care by joining budgets at a national level.
COMMERCIAL: A community services provider has accused the country’s largest clinical commissioning group of a conflict of interest in its decision to award a £100m contract without a tender.
A leaked report has delivered a damning verdict on the NHS leadership in Staffordshire, describing the health economy as beset with an ‘oppressive culture’ and in ‘perpetual crisis mode’.
STRUCTURE: Building work has begun on a mental health facility in Leigh as part of 5 Boroughs Partnership Foundation Trust.
NHS providers across Greater Manchester have called for a ‘new set of relationships’ with health regulators to underpin the newly agreed £6bn devolution of commissioning responsibilities to the conurbation.
NHS and local government leaders have this morning announced plans to join up health and social care budgets for Manchester worth £6bn, but insisted the deal is not a ‘town hall takeover’ of health services.
Trusts that opt to roll over 2014-15 national tariff prices to 2015-16 will still be able to agree local variations with commissioners, national pricing authorities have said.
The chancellor has said the signing of the £6bn deal to bring together health and social care budgets in Greater Manchester, overseen by an elected mayor, has ‘set a trail for the rest of the country to follow’.
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