Providers are increasingly willing to use the procurement, patient choice and competition regulations to challenge decisions, experts have stated, after HSJ analysis identified six of the first legal challenges to emerge.
NHS England has told its local area teams they must impose a lower tariff price for mental health and community providers than for their acute counterparts. This is despite it previously indicating that clinical commissioning groups had the freedom to devise their own tariff level.
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There is a £202m discrepancy between what foundation trusts think they are owed by commissioners, and what commissioners think they owe them, Monitor has revealed.
An NHS England moratorium on commissioning new specialist mental health services has exacerbated the sector’s bed shortage and led to a newly constructed hospital unit standing empty for six months, HSJ can reveal.
Monitor’s capacity to regulate foundation trusts in difficulty may come under “unsustainable pressure” due to the growth in risk across the sector, the National Audit Office has found.
The foundation trust sector massively overspent on contract and agency staff in the final three months of last year, Monitor data shows.
The head of NHS Employers has used an HSJ article to call for a debate about how to ensure a “smooth exit” from the era of health service pay restraint and possibly introduce a “living wage”.
Around 100 GP practices could be forced to close due to cuts in national funding, leaving patients in rural areas without a GP, doctors’ leaders have warned.
The NHS trust that runs Stafford Hospital will be sentenced on today for safety breaches which led to the death of a diabetic patient in 2007.
Health leaders have called for an Audit Commission-style body to perform spot checks and external monitoring of waiting times data to ensure its accuracy.
A mental health trust has told HSJ it is considering a legal challenge against the decision by NHS England and Monitor to impose 20 per cent higher cuts for mental health and community providers than for their acute counterparts.
University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire Trust was forced to leave the bidding process to run nearby George Eliot Hospital due to financial concerns, HSJ understands.
North Cumbria University Hospitals has “lost confidence” in the private finance initiative contractor that manages facilities on its main site after a probe uncovered “major issues” with the way its operating theatres, water systems and gas pipelines were being maintained.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has rejected government proposals that would see an assessment of the benefits a patient may have on society being taken into account when deciding whether to pay for new drugs.
Papworth Hospital Foundation Trust’s chairman has accused ministers of risking “smashing up” one of the “jewels in the NHS’s crown” by continuing to delay the trust’s move to a new site.
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