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Exclusive: National director says NHS 'can’t afford' new drugs

The NHS will not be able to afford many new drugs and treatments in the next few years because it is prioritising out of hospital care, a senior NHS England director has warned.

David Bennett

Exclusive: Agency spending clampdown team will be made up of temporary staff

Details have emerged of the Monitor team that will drive the clampdown on agency staff spending.

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Public perceptions of the NHS: 12 key facts

The standout findings from the latest government survey of public perceptions of the NHS and care.

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Frustration over delay to specialised access policy

A process for deciding which new specialist treatments NHS England will fund will not be developed until the end of the year at the earliest, it has emerged.

Operating theatre

Fines for breaching final elective target to be boosted

The penalty imposed on providers who breach the remaining elective waiting time target is to be increased, regulators have told all NHS providers and clinical commissioning groups.

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HEE to deliver 23,000 new nurses by 2019

More than 23,000 extra nurses will be trained over the next four years to help meet growing demand in the NHS, HSJ can reveal.

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Consultancy giant awarded £60m NHS email contract

Consultancy firm Accenture has been awarded a £60m contract to deliver a replacement for the health service’s secure email system by the Department of Health.

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Steve Melton

Circle chief: ‘Ground shifted beneath our feet’ on Hinchingbrooke

The chief executive of Circle has said that a lack of flexibility in its contract to run Hinchingbrooke Health Care Trust was a major factor behind its early departure from the franchise deal.

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Regulators make it harder to improve care, special measures trust claims

A trust in special measures believes regulatory intervention has made it harder to improve patient care, the minutes of a high level ministerial meeting reveal.

Bill Kirkup

Exclusive: NHS warned focus on finance risks 'disastrous consequence'

The chair of the inquiry into care failings at Morecambe Bay has warned of a “disastrous consequence” for the NHS if it focuses too much on financial savings at the expense of patient safety.

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Exclusive: Preferred bidder named for £285m 'prime provider' contract

STRUCTURE: A consortium bid led by social enterprise Locala has been selected as the preferred bidder for a ‘prime provider’ community services contract worth £285m, HSJ can reveal.

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Norman Lamb

Lamb: £22bn NHS efficiency savings ‘virtually impossible’

The plan for £22bn efficiency savings outlined in the NHS Five Year Forward View are ‘virtually impossible’ to achieve, a former health minister has said.

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Duncan Selbie

PHE chief questions £200m public health cut

Public Health England’s chief executive has reportedly questioned whether the Treasury’s demand for a £200m in year cut to public health budgets was a ‘thoughtful’ decision.

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Treasury slammed for targeting public health underspend

This year’s council public health budgets were targeted for cuts by the Treasury because of a multimillion pound underspend in 2013-14.

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A&E shake-up restarts in attempt to reverse FT’s financial woes

STRUCTURE: Controversial plans to reconfigure emergency services at two Yorkshire hospitals have been relaunched, amid concerns about their financial sustainability and staffing levels.

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Exclusive: CCGs choose not to use power to ditch QOF

There is a little appetite among clinical commissioning groups to move their member practices off the national GP pay for performance framework, despite recently being given powers to do so, HSJ has found.

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Structure patient data to enhance clinical care

The importance of swift and accurate data capture and processing

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Explained: The legal challenges to CCG decision making

The deciding factors and main routes of challenge

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