A Labour government could reduce variation in access to drugs and procedures by making it mandatory for commissioners to follow NICE guidelines, Andy Burnham has revealed
Health finance experts have strongly disputed the chancellor’s claim that a ‘similar increase’ in NHS spending to the one achieved in this parliament would meet the funding call in the NHS Five Year Forward View
Ministers want to extend NHS joint commissioning with councils to public health and children’s services, after being convinced by the better care fund planning process that the model will reap service improvements and financial benefits
Private health providers could play a significant role in providing NHS services under a Labour government, the shadow health secretary has suggested
A Labour government would use pay restraint and make ‘difficult choices’ about the wages of NHS frontline staff if the party wins the election next year
Whole health economies could face intervention for poor performance under a new approach proposed by the NHS national bodies, under the NHS Five Year Forward View.
Simon Stevens has indicated part of NHS funding could be designated to be spent on investment to ‘kick start service change’
The publication of a consultation document for the 2015-16 national tariff payment system has been delayed by three weeks, officials have confirmed.
PERFORMANCE: One of the worst performing areas on the four hour accident and emergency target has seen its “system resilience” money withheld temporarily after failing to devise a “believable” improvement plan.
A major private provider of mental healthcare beds in the UK is planning a significant expansion into the sector’s community services market
FINANCE: The country’s biggest clinical commissioning group will have to take immediate action to prioritise patient access to services in the face of unaffordable increases in demand, it has warned.
Emergency admissions to accident and emergency departments have hit their highest level since records began, the latest NHS England figures reveal.
The care minister has described the evidence that health and social care integration will save money as still ‘embryonic’.
The national leadership of the NHS has issued an unprecedented warning to politicians that it cannot continue at current funding levels
Smaller hospitals could be paid more for the work they do in a bid to ensure they remain viable, under plans set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View.
The next five years could see large scale sell offs of unused NHS property to release funds to help the health service move rapidly to new models of care
Technology itself isn’t an elixir for health and social care
Redesign turned it around
Networks reflect the NHS’s new determination to improve
Moving some services into primary care risks ‘dumbing down’