Four of the first five better care fund plans to receive official approval are all aiming for less than the ‘expected minimum target’ of a 3.5 per cent reduction in emergency admissions.
NHS England has begun consultation on a new set of standards for congenital heart disease services, in the latest chapter of the long-running debate on the future of children’s cardiac surgery.
The coming financial year will be a ‘transition’ period with few new national requirements so the NHS ‘can focus on core aspects’ such as financial sustainability and waiting time targets, NHS England has indicated.
A host of Department of Health arm’s length bodies - including Health Education England, Public Health England and Monitor - will meet this month to discuss the scope for marketing their services overseas.
Local authorities’ core public health funding will be cut in real terms in 2015-16, it has been announced
Alcohol, smoking and poor childhood diets are among public health issues that should be targeted by the next government, doctors have said.
The Royal College of Physicians has warned politicians that a “crisis of care” in NHS hospitals can “only be avoided by a significant increase in health funding”.
There is dwindling interest among commissioners in using “any qualified provider” to increase competition and patient choice, an HSJ investigation has found
The leader of the country’s biggest union has written to all UK MEPs urging them to vote against a controversial EU-US trade deal if the NHS is not exempted.
Discussion and debate on integrated care has been rife
A broad coalition of health and social care leaders will tomorrow call on all political parties to make a manifesto commitment of at least £4bn to fund NHS service changes over the next parliament, HSJ has been told.
Proposals by NHS England and Monitor for reform of the urgent and emergency care payment system would be a ‘disaster’ for emergency departments, the president of the College of Emergency Medicine has said
Identifying and treating sepsis could soon be given the same attention as reducing pressure ulcers or hospital acquired infections, with campaigners claiming Sir Bruce Keogh is “supportive in principle” of increased national focus on the condition.
NHS England has paused a project that would enable its commissioning support units to become independent in just over two years.
Monitor is “urgently reviewing” its expenses policy after its chair unwittingly ran up a bill of nearly £1,000 for short taxi rides in less than three months.
A £235m contract to provide NHS musculoskeletal services for West Sussex has been awarded to a joint venture between health insurance company Bupa and a community services social enterprise.
Redesign turned it around
Networks reflect the NHS’s new determination to improve
Moving some services into primary care risks ‘dumbing down’
Doctors feel outnumbered and managers have been arrogant