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Thousands of mental health patients sent 'out of area'

More than 2,100 mental health patients were forced to travel out of area for an inpatient bed in May this year, according to data published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre.

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No more savings can be made, trusts tell regulators

Trusts have told regulators they will not be able to improve their financial positions without affecting frontline services, senior acute trust leaders have told HSJ.

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NHS Supply Chain makes Carter savings pledge in new deal

NHS Supply Chain has pledged that it will use the ‘opportunities’ for greater savings highlighted in the Carter review as part of a deal that will see its contract extended until 2018.

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Exclusive: Leading FTs lay groundwork for hospital chains

Three of England’s most well respected foundation trusts are working on a partnership through which they can lay the groundwork to build and run hospital chains, HSJ has learned.

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Treasury says some workers could be denied 1pc pay rise

Unions reacted with anger today after the Treasury warned there should be ‘no expectation’ that every worker will receive a pay rise in line with the 1 per cent ceiling George Osborne set for public sector pay.  

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Thousands of mental health patients still detained in police cells

Almost 4,000 people detained under the Mental Health Act are still being forced to stay in police cells rather than a hospital, despite a 54 per cent fall over the last three years.


Drug pricing deal change 'cuts NHS England's ability to provide care'

NHS England faces a ‘direct cut’ in its ability to provide care to patients as a result of a change to the deal that caps the price the government pays for branded medicines, a senior health economist has said.


Exclusive: CSU procurements paused amid uncertainty over costs

At least two procurements for commissioning support services have been paused, HSJ has learned. This comes amid uncertainty over how stranded costs will be paid for if a commissioning support unit loses a contract.

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NHS staff to face new sanctions under ‘Sunshine rule’

NHS staff who fail to disclose payments and hospitality received from drug suppliers and medical device makers will be sanctioned under new regulation, health secretary Jeremy Hunt has said.

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Exclusive: Vanguards urged to quickly become ‘battering ram of change’

The urgent and emergency care vanguards are the ‘battering ram of change’ and should quickly test new ideas to be replicated nationally, the director of NHS England’s new care models programme has said.

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Public health cuts 'short sighted, short term and unwarranted'

Cutting public health budgets by £200m is ‘short sighted, short term and unwarranted”, according to the Local Government Association and the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers.


Private providers could take big hit from NHS price changes

Private hospitals could see a steep cut in their income from NHS funded services under draft prices proposed for 2016-17, Monitor has warned.

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Roundup: FT finances by numbers

Over recent weeks, HSJ has been looking at the state of the foundation trust sector’s finances and highlighting key figures and trends. Here is a roundup of some the talking points from our series.

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Backlash expected over cancer drugs delisting

Talks are under way to identify high profile treatments to be removed from the cancer drugs fund in the coming months, HSJ has learned.

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NHS England to look at costs hindering primary care expansion

NHS England is looking at how to bring down financial barriers deterring GPs from taking on out of hours work, participating in new care models and expanding primary care, HSJ has learned.

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National officials tell hospitals seven day service priorities

Hospitals have been told by national officials to focus on improving access to medical consultants and diagnostic services as part of efforts to improve care for NHS patients at weekends.

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Nurturing leadership can go deeper

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How to achieve a 'one team' culture despite outsourcing

An efficient collaborative culture

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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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