Experts have warned that patients could end up waiting longer for treatment as acute trusts try to tackle an expected overall deficit of more than £2bn this year.
COMMERCIAL: The procurement of a new NHS 111 service to span 16 clinical commissioning groups in the West Midlands has been abandoned after no ‘acceptable’ bids were put forward.
Seven day access to primary care in areas of Greater Manchester has brought a three per cent reduction in accident and emergency activity, according to an evaluation of the project.
PATIENT SAFETY: Detectives have launched an investigation into the circumstances of a patient’s death at a learning disability unit in Lincolnshire.
MENTAL HEALTH: A North East clinical commissioning group plans to decommission a specialist dementia nursing service and replace it with a carer support service.
The foundation trust sector must be more collaborative in order to make the most of a restrictive financial environment, the chief executive of the country’s newest FT has said.
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.
Private provider Care UK has sold its learning disabilities services to Lifeways, an independent provider of specialist care.
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.
More than half of NHS mental health trusts fear their commissioners will not pass on funding increases for 2015-16, according to a survey of the sector.
A new national strategy for mental health will be ‘clear, tangible and costed’, according to the chair of NHS England’s taskforce for the sector.
MENTAL HEALTH: Governors at a London mental health trust have published an open letter to local parliamentary candidates warning the trust’s services could be put at risk by further cuts in funding.
MENTAL HEALTH: An independent review of more than a dozen mental health patient deaths has criticised an NHS trust for what it described as ‘unacceptable’ bed management practices.
Private provider Care UK has sold off its NHS mental health services arm to Partnerships in Care, one of the country’s largest independent mental health providers.
A lack of mental health beds was a ‘contributory factor’ in the suicide of a teenager being treated more than 100 miles from home, a coroner has ruled.
PERFORMANCE: Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust has been appointed to ‘buddy’ Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust, the first mental health trust to have been placed into special measures.
Our exclusive pre-election poll tested the popularity of a series of key health policy pledges from across the political spectrum.
PERFORMANCE: Leeds Community Healthcare Trust has been rated ‘requires improvement’ by the Care Quality Commission.
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The Liberal Democrats have criticised the role of competition in the health service, pledging to repeal parts of the Health Act 2012 and end the competition authority’s role in health.