NHS trade unions have suspended a 12 hour strike planned for Thursday, with the government appearing to give in to demands for a 1 per cent pay rise to all non-medical staff.
NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has suggested that there could be more flexibility in what constitutes a foundation trust in future.
WORKFORCE: Sherwood Forest Hospitals Foundation Trust has appointed Paul Robinson as its chief finance officer.
Labour has pledged to target duplication and bureaucracy they say has been caused by the Health Act 2012, raising the prospect of organisational changes if they form the next governement.
Labour has pledged to shield voluntary sector organisations from the effects of its “NHS preferred provider” policies by giving not-for-profit providers “longer and more stable arrangements”.
A Labour government would draw up a new agreement with the NHS workforce including a commitment not to renege on staff pay recommendations, the party has promised.
Labour’s 10 year NHS plan includes an ambition to deliver further guarantees for mental health patients to receive talking therapy.
Labour plans to introduce an ‘accountable provider’ for frail older people under its 10 year plan for the NHS funded via a ‘year of care tariff’. This suggests a new role for trusts as lead providers of joined up health and care services.
Private provider Bupa and social enterprise CSH Surrey have pulled out of a £235m contract to run musculoskeletal services in West Sussex.
Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has confirmed he wants health and wellbeing boards to be accountable for new ‘year of care budgets’ which would cover the ‘health and social care needs’ of those ‘at the greatest risk of hospitalisation’, but added that the funds would ‘be paid to an NHS preferred provider’.
NHS England has settled a dispute with clinical commissioning groups in the south of England over its proposal to transfer £50m from their budgets to its own specialised commissioners.
Commissioners have voiced concern that their efforts to integrate services will be hampered by ‘enforced competition’ after Monitor released a report warning them against simply rolling over existing community services contracts.
Medical directors from England’s 10 biggest teaching hospitals have written to their counterparts at NHS England and Monitor to warn that controversial new tariff plans will damage patient care and lengthen waiting times.
The government has raided a £240m NHS technology fund to bolster financial support for hospitals struggling with accident and emergency demand this winter, senior sources have told HSJ.
STRUCTURE: Work has begun at Chase Farm Hospital on a large scale demolition project, which will include the creation of a new urgent treatment centre and paediatric emergency department.
COMMERCIAL: Competition regulator Monitor has opened an investigation into a Devon clinical commissioning group’s plan to award a community services contract without a tender, a decision one trust has called “wrong” for patients.
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