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Finance

David Cameron

Exclusive poll: Tory cash pledge fails to cut through

Voters believe Labour is the party most likely to give the NHS the money it needs over the next five years, even though the Conservatives have promised more cash for the service in the next Parliament.

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Election survey: How popular are the parties' flagship health policies?

Our exclusive pre-election poll tested the popularity of a series of key health policy pledges from across the political spectrum.

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Tariff proposal threatens delayed discharge schemes

Schemes to reduce the number of patients with a delayed discharge have been scaled back because commissioners can no longer afford to fund them under current tariff arrangements, trust chief executives have told HSJ.

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Money

Monitor readies itself to refer tariff row to CMA

Monitor’s pricing team are readying themselves to be able to refer rejected tariff proposals for 2015-16 to the Competition and Markets Authority as soon as next month, should the regulator’s board decide to do so.

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Money, cash and notes

HSJ daily digest: Tariff tremors and election lessons for the NHS

HSJ’s daily digest of Monday’s significant developments for healthcare leaders:

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AstraZeneca president 'would not back pricing deal again'

The UK president of drug giant AstraZeneca has indicated she would not sign up to another deal similar to the current pharmaceutical pricing scheme unless the NHS makes a ‘substantial’ increase of drugs access.

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Pills

Manchester commissioners to lobby over pharma deal money

FINANCE: Commissioners across Greater Manchester plan to lobby the government to ensure money given to the NHS by drug companies as part of a national pricing deal is available for use in the region.

Deficit

Analysis: Some CCGs expect deficits up to three times higher than planned

A clutch of clinical commissioning groups ended 2014-15 expecting deficits up to three times higher than planned, even as the majority saw their outlook for the year improved by a funding rebate.

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Lib Dems commit to increase NHS pay with inflation

The Liberal Democrats will make a commitment today to increase NHS pay at least in line with the rate inflation from the next financial year.

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Exclusive: Treasury considering health, care and welfare budget link

The Treasury is undertaking a quick turnaround project in the run up to the general election examining the potential savings from bringing together spending on health, social care and some welfare payments.

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Exclusive: Labour will not force universities to take extra student nurses

Universities and hospitals will not be forced to take extra nursing students this year under Labour’s plan to increase trainee numbers by 1,000, HSJ has been told.

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Survey: Third of CCGs consider limiting access amid cash squeeze

More than a third of clinical commissioning groups are considering introducing limits on access or eligibility for services this year amid huge financial pressures, the latest HSJ survey of CCG leaders suggests.

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Exclusive: Four out of five hospitals miss own nurse staffing targets

More than four out of five acute hospitals in England are failing to meet their own targets for nurse staffing, HSJ analysis reveals.

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Social workers

Social care leader warns integration will not solve financial woes

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.

Rob Webster

Confed chief: Politicians should recognise workforce cost reality

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.

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Somerset

Somerset CCG mulls early end to provider contracts

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.

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How to make the business case for patient safety

The business benefits of safety in care

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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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