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Andy Burnham

Exclusive: Labour could make NICE guidance mandatory

A Labour government could reduce variation in access to drugs and procedures by making it mandatory for commissioners to follow NICE guidelines, Andy Burnham has revealed

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Osborne's NHS spending claim disputed

Health finance experts have strongly disputed the chancellor’s claim that a ‘similar increase’ in NHS spending to the one achieved in this parliament would meet the funding call in the NHS Five Year Forward View

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Exclusive: Ministers keen to extend joint commissioning

Ministers want to extend NHS joint commissioning with councils to public health and children’s services, after being convinced by the better care fund planning process that the model will reap service improvements and financial benefits

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Burnham sets out role for private providers in his NHS vision

Private health providers could play a significant role in providing NHS services under a Labour government, the shadow health secretary has suggested

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'There's no getting away from difficult choices over staff pay,' says Burnham

A Labour government would use pay restraint and make ‘difficult choices’ about the wages of NHS frontline staff if the party wins the election next year

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Mapped: Candidates for health economy 'special measures'

Whole health economies could face intervention for poor performance under a new approach proposed by the NHS national bodies, under the NHS Five Year Forward View.

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Stevens considers 'freeing up' funds for 'service change'

Simon Stevens has indicated part of NHS funding could be designated to be spent on investment to ‘kick start service change’

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Savings must be found without any additional transitional finance to help establish new services

Tariff consultation delayed

The publication of a consultation document for the 2015-16 national tariff payment system has been delayed by three weeks, officials have confirmed.

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Trust's winter cash withheld until it has 'believable' A&E plan

PERFORMANCE: One of the worst performing areas on the four hour accident and emergency target has seen its “system resilience” money withheld temporarily after failing to devise a “believable” improvement plan.

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Priory Group sets sights on community contracts

A major private provider of mental healthcare beds in the UK is planning a significant expansion into the sector’s community services market

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Devon CCG warns 'services will suffer' due to unaffordable demand

FINANCE: The country’s biggest clinical commissioning group will have to take immediate action to prioritise patient access to services in the face of unaffordable increases in demand, it has warned.

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A&E emergency admissions at highest ever level

Emergency admissions to accident and emergency departments have hit their highest level since records began, the latest NHS England figures reveal.

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Norman Lamb

Lamb admits integration evidence is still 'embryonic'

The care minister has described the evidence that health and social care integration will save money as still ‘embryonic’.

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Simon Stevens

Forward view: Unprecedented call for NHS funding growth

The national leadership of the NHS has issued an unprecedented warning to politicians that it cannot continue at current funding levels

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Small hospitals could be paid more under forward view plans

Smaller hospitals could be paid more for the work they do in a bid to ensure they remain viable, under plans set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View.

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Major selloff of unused land mooted by NHS leaders

The next five years could see large scale sell offs of unused NHS property to release funds to help the health service move rapidly to new models of care

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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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Spreading innovation: AHSNs step up to the challenge

Networks reflect the NHS’s new determination to improve

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Wake up to the commissioning needs of sleep disorders

Moving some services into primary care risks ‘dumbing down’

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