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Finance

NHS staff on picket line

Breaking: NHS strike action suspended after new pay offer

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.

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Simon Stevens

Stevens: Room for more flexibility in the future of FT model

NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has suggested that there could be more flexibility in what constitutes a foundation trust in future.

Paul Robinson

Sheffield finance chief moves to Nottinghamshire trust

WORKFORCE: Sherwood Forest Hospitals Foundation Trust has appointed Paul Robinson as its chief finance officer.

Axe job cuts

Labour pledges new savings by cutting NHS 'bureaucracy'

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.

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Andy Burnham

Labour promises to shield voluntary sector from preferred provider plans

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”.

Workforce

Labour commits to independent NHS pay review process

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.

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Opposition pledges to shorten mental health waits

Labour’s 10 year NHS plan includes an ambition to deliver further guarantees for mental health patients to receive talking therapy.

Jigsaw puzzle

Labour plans 'accountable providers' for joined up health and social care

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.

Physiotherapy

Bupa and CSH Surrey pull out of £235m MSK contract

Private provider Bupa and social enterprise CSH Surrey have pulled out of a £235m contract to run musculoskeletal services in West Sussex.

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Miliband and Burnham visit George Eliot Hospital 26 January 2015

Labour reveals 10 year plan for health and social care

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’.

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NHS England resolves £50m dispute with CCGs

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.

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Steve Kell

Monitor angers CCGs with advice on community services

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.

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Busy hospital

Exclusive: Shelford Group medical directors rail at tariff plans

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.

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£240m technology fund raided to prop up A&E, sources say

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.

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Huge rebuilding project begins at Chase Farm

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.

Northern Devon district hospital

Updated: Competition regulator to probe NEW Devon £100m contract award

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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Illustration showing building blocks

Using the building blocks of joined up care

Projects across the country delivering integrated care

Doctor holding scales cartoon

Take the local lead on health inequalities

A new strategic approach to improve public health

Bank of England

Bankers: the unlikely role models for NHS diversity

Why the financial sector performs better for top level diversity

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