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NHS England faces 'unfunded' redundancy costs

NHS England has an “unfunded cost pressure” for 2014-15, which sources have linked to a large-scale redundancy programme it failed to finish last year.

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NHS a 'political football', claim healthcare leaders

Healthcare leaders have criticised the political class for treating the NHS as a “political football” instead of engaging in a meaningful debate about its future.

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Updated: Unison votes to ballot members on industrial action

One of the largest healthcare unions Unison is to ballot its 460,000 health members over plans to take industrial action – including strike action – following the government’s imposed pay deal.

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Paul Baumann

Backtrack on axed London mental health fund

NHS England back-tracked on its plan to slash nearly £4m from London mental health budgets in 2013-14, HSJ can reveal.

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NHS financial crisis "looming", King's Fund warns

The NHS faces “significant cuts to services” unless extra cash is ploughed in by the next government, according to a poll of finance chiefs by a health charity.

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Robert Francis

Exclusive: Robert Francis joins critics in mental health funding row

Robert Francis QC has expressed surprise at the decision by NHS England and Monitor to use his report into failures at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust as justification for higher funding cuts to mental health.

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East Kent FT seeks partner to 'reinvigorate' private offering

East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust is seeking to work with an independent provider to “reinvigorate” its private patient services.

David Bennett

Exclusive: New Monitor strategy to ‘turbo charge’ change

The huge uncertainties facing NHS providers mean Monitor will have to focus less on “the numbers” in trusts’ financial plans and more on their capability to deal with change, the regulator’s chief executive has said.

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David Bennett

New NHS England chief 'more sympathetic' to competition, says Bennett

Monitor’s chief executive has told HSJ it will be easier for the regulator to assuage commissioners’ concerns about NHS competition rules now that Sir David Nicholson is no longer in charge of NHS England.

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Four in 10 areas to pool extra health and care cash

At least 57 local areas will see better care fund budgets rising, figures show

Blurred hospital corridor with three figures in it

Winter pressures monies fund extra admissions

Performance against the four hour accident and emergency target did not improve in 2013-14, despite a huge political focus on the issue, as emergency admissions reached record levels, HSJ analysis has found.

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Valerie Michie

Serco estimates £18m losses on health contracts

Embattled outsourcer Serco has estimated it will rack up losses of nearly £18m on three flagship NHS contracts in the coming years, the company has told investors.

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Preferred bidders named in Bristol mental health tender

COMMERCIAL: A mental health trust which faced losing business worth £30m due to quality concerns has been named as the preferred bidder for the main lot in a highly contested tender for the services.

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CCG leaders: Reforms have not improved control of cost and activity

The ability of the NHS to control costs and curb hospital activity has not improved with the government’s reorganisation of the NHS, according to many leaders of the clinical commissioning groups created by the reforms.

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Working time rules 'hit treatment'

Rules aimed at ensuring doctors do not work long hours are leading to cancelled operations and clinics for patients, a government-ordered review has found.

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TDA budget to grow by 66 per cent as costs of regulation mount

The NHS Trust Development Authority will see its budget grow by two thirds in 2014-15, in the latest indication of the price tag attached to the Department of Health’s new focus on regulation.

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Let the mavericks lead primary care service design

Put GPs at the centre of radical approach to integration

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Your top ideas: structural changes and funding

Ways to improve care for frail older people

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How do NHS subsidiary companies measure up?

New opportunities for FTs

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Julie Jordan

Finding the better care fund balance

A collective vision or a planning nightmare?

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