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Exclusive: Hinchingbrooke backtracks on controversial £50 referrals offer

The NHS hospital run by private provider Circle has been forced to withdraw an offer to pay local GPs a £50 ‘administrative fee’ for surgery referrals, claiming the proposal had been ‘misunderstood in some areas’.

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Exclusive: Trusts seek to shield wage bills with income ambitions

English hospitals have reduced the amount they expect to save on wage bills this year, as they focus on cutting costs in other areas and boosting income

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More trusts with financial concerns

The number of NHS trusts referred to the health secretary over financial concerns increased almost three-fold in a year, a report has revealed.

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‘Buddy’ trust could double their money under bonus scheme

The leading hospitals ‘buddied’ with failing trusts under the special measures regime received some £1.5m to cover their costs last year.

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Jeremy Hunt

Hunt dismisses Keogh trusts' finance struggles

Lack of money is no excuse for poor care, the health secretary has said

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Richard Murray

Health spending sees sharpest rise in current parliament

Department of Health spending rose by 2.6 per cent in real terms last year – by far the greatest annual rise in health spending of the current parliament

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Local education and training posts at risk in HEE's cost cutting review

Education and training posts across the country could be axed as part of the second phase of Health Education England’s cost cutting reorganisation.

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Unions ballot members for strike action over NHS pay

Three health unions have announced they are going to ballot their members for strike action over NHS pay.

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Agency costs jump £300m at foundation trusts

FTs saw the cost of agency and contract staff shoot up by £300m last year, according to their annual accounts

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Leicestershire bid to plug £400m gap

STRUCTURE: Widespread changes to the Leicestershire Health economy have been agreed between the University Hospitals of Leicester and its local commissioners to plug an estimated £400m funding gap over the next four years.

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Barbara Hakin

Commissioning system belatedly balances £97bn budget

NHS England has belatedly managed to set plans to balance its £97bn budget for 2014-15.

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Pricing authorities to tighten grip on specialist service payments

Monitor and NHS England have floated plans to tighten their grip on specialist services pricing while mounting a push for local commissioners to move away from national NHS prices

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Monitor signals the end of mental health block contracts

Monitor has signalled the end of block contracts currently used to fund NHS mental health providers as part of a major shake up of the national payment system due to be introduced next year.

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Controversial emergency care payment rules to stay put

There will be no change next year to controversial rules that restrict the payments hospitals receive for emergency admissions and readmissions

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Efficiency savings proposed for next financial year

Monitor and NHS England have proposed a single efficiency factor of between 3 and 5 per cent for 2015-16 across the health service

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NHS finances 'stretched to limit'

NHS finances have been ‘stretched to the limit’, influential think tank The King’s Fund has warned.

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Gill Morgan: We need to manage Griffiths' unintended consequences

Doctors feel outnumbered and managers have been arrogant

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Tackling the hidden cost of fraud in the NHS

A look at the pros and cons of civil litigation against fraudsters

Open book accounting can lead to a more honest NHS

Forging more honest debate about costs

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Reality check: how the better care fund will work on the ground

Fundamental issues must be addressed

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