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Schemes to reduce the number of patients with a delayed discharge have been scaled back because commissioners can no longer afford to fund them under current tariff arrangements, trust chief executives have told HSJ.
Monitor’s pricing team are readying themselves to be able to refer rejected tariff proposals for 2015-16 to the Competition and Markets Authority as soon as next month, should the regulator’s board decide to do so.
HSJ’s daily digest of Monday’s significant developments for healthcare leaders:
The UK president of drug giant AstraZeneca has indicated she would not sign up to another deal similar to the current pharmaceutical pricing scheme unless the NHS makes a ‘substantial’ increase of drugs access.
FINANCE: Commissioners across Greater Manchester plan to lobby the government to ensure money given to the NHS by drug companies as part of a national pricing deal is available for use in the region.
A clutch of clinical commissioning groups ended 2014-15 expecting deficits up to three times higher than planned, even as the majority saw their outlook for the year improved by a funding rebate.
The Liberal Democrats will make a commitment today to increase NHS pay at least in line with the rate inflation from the next financial year.
The Treasury is undertaking a quick turnaround project in the run up to the general election examining the potential savings from bringing together spending on health, social care and some welfare payments.
Universities and hospitals will not be forced to take extra nursing students this year under Labour’s plan to increase trainee numbers by 1,000, HSJ has been told.
More than a third of clinical commissioning groups are considering introducing limits on access or eligibility for services this year amid huge financial pressures, the latest HSJ survey of CCG leaders suggests.
More than four out of five acute hospitals in England are failing to meet their own targets for nurse staffing, HSJ analysis reveals.
Integration of health and social care will help improve services but will not be the answer to the financial challenge facing the sector, the new president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Service has said.
Politicians should recognise the NHS needs to ‘get more out of’ and reduce the cost of its staff, the NHS Confederation chief executive has said.
FINANCE: Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group is considering whether to release itself from contracts with a number of local providers in a bid to reduce financial pressures.
The business benefits of safety in care
Closing the gap between physical and mental health
Making the move to capitated outcomes based commissioning
Calculating healthcare in industrial terms makes better use of staff time