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Bedford refuses to sign Circle MSK contract

An NHS hospital has pledged to compete with Circle Partnership, the private provider appointed to run Bedfordshire’s £120m integrated musculoskeletal service, after refusing to become its subcontractor, HSJ can reveal.

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New NHS England partnership with pharma to speed up drug access

Government plans for closer working between the NHS and the pharmaceutical industry will make the new generation of precision medicines more affordable for the NHS, the minister for life sciences has said.

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David Bennett

Monitor chief supports 'significant' investment in mental health

David Bennett has called for a ‘significant reallocation of resources’ towards mental health to put it on an equal footing with physical health

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Specialised services face £5bn gap

CCGs will take on responsibility for commissioning at least two of the six specialised service areas whose growth has placed the greatest strain on the specialised services budget

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Simon Stevens

Stevens predicts 'incredibly tough' year for NHS

The chief executive of NHS England has warned that next year will be “incredibly tough” for the NHS, leaving areas which already have “deep problems” with little chance of recovering.

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Exclusive: Multinational arms firm among those interested in £1bn NHS tender

Multinational companies including G4S and arms manufacturer Lockheed Martin are among those that have expressed interest in a £1bn contract to run GP support services outsourced by NHS England, HSJ has learned.

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Integration will not save money, HSJ commission concludes

Political leaders’ belief that health and social care integration is the “silver bullet” for the NHS’s financial difficulties is a “myth” and “Messiah concept” that has no realistic prospect of success.

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Exclusive: Hinchingbrooke A&E could face axe

The NHS’s only privately run hospital, Hinchingbrooke Health Care Trust, could lose core services such as its accident and emergency department despite earlier assurances that franchising the hospital would protect it from such a move.

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NEW Devon sets out service cut plans

FINANCE: Surgical procedures for prostate cancer, hernias and cataracts are among a raft of treatments that could be restricted or stopped in one of the country’s most financially challenged health economies.

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Julie Mellor

Ombudsman strengthens procurement checks after NAO probe

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman has handed its board the role of reviewing and approving deals over £100,000

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Exclusive: Delayed transfer rate soars to highest level

The national rate of delayed transfers of care has soared to its highest ever level, threatening the better care fund’s ambition to cut costs by improving the transfer of patients from hospital to other care settings.

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Election delays Worcestershire review of acute services

STRUCTURE: Plans to close a financial hole due to open in Worcestershire acute services’ budget next year have been put on hold until after the May election.

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Staffordshire CCG to hand £280m contract to private sector

Two private firms have been shortlisted for a £280m ‘prime provider’ contract in East Staffordshire in a competition that has seen all NHS bidders squeezed out of the race.

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Yeovil signs estate partnership deal to create 'health campus'

PERFORMANCE: A small South West foundation trust has established a “strategic estate partnership” to fund and manage a new “health campus”, featuring a GP practice and nursing home.

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Jeremy Hunt

Hunt sets out proposals for £10bn savings

The health secretary has pinpointed the areas where the NHS could save £10bn to help close a looming financial gap in the health service

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Accident and emergency bailout fund increases to £700m

Hospitals are to receive an extra £300m in government cash in a bid to arrest further decline in A&E performance over the winter

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Take the local lead on health inequalities

A new strategic approach to improve public health

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Bankers: the unlikely role models for NHS diversity

Why the financial sector performs better for top level diversity

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The 10 steps to make technology work in local healthcare

Technology itself isn’t an elixir for health and social care

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