Several large hospital trusts that rejected the voluntary tariff agreement have predicted huge swings in their financial position for 2015-16.
FINANCE: A clinical commissioning group will introduce clinical thresholds for surgery and significantly restrict access to services to cope with its ‘financially distressed position’.
Ten acute trusts in the East Midlands joined forces to tackle the challenge
A public-private pathology provider part owned by two London trusts increased its revenues last year, but a substantial restructure prompted by changes to tax rules resulted in a small drop in profits.
NHS providers have reported a deficit of £822m for 2014-15, with foundation trusts ending the year in the red for first time ever. HSJ analysis suggests that without bailouts the net deficit was closer to £1bn.
A pledge by the home secretary to invest £15m in new health based places of safety to detain people experiencing mental health crisis will be funded from existing budgets, HSJ can reveal.
PERFORMANCE: Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s deficit spiralled to £43.2m by the end of 2014-15, the largest recorded of any CCG.
Jeremy Hunt has praised the benefits of peer review to improve NHS standards, saying it is a better method than top-down targets.
WORKFORCE: East Cheshire Trust could save £1.5m by using an outsourced HR service, the organisation has said.
WORKFORCE: Wirral University Teaching Hospitalls is planning to invest £1m in recruiting registered nurses over the next 12 months.
The Department of Health has admitted it made a last minute reversal of its decision to stop providing “Project Diamond” funding for specialist hospitals in 2014-15, boosting the finances of up to 19 trusts.
Simon Stevens has called for a “careful and disciplined approach” to the introduction of “seven day services” and other improvements to NHS services in coming years, speaking alongside the prime minister.
Private provider Care UK has sold its learning disabilities services to Lifeways, an independent provider of specialist care.
George Osborne will only “empower” towns and counties by extending a form of the city deals programme
Part of NHS England’s £200m transformation fund will be spent on ‘dowries’ for councils taking over responsibility for the care of some people with learning disabilities and autism, HSJ has learned.
The chief executive of NHS Employers has warned the British Medical Association ‘there is no alternative’ to negotiation over a new contract for junior doctors.
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