A new law on avoidable harm in health and social care is set to receive royal assent today.
The Care Quality Commission will fail to hit a high profile target to inspect all acute trusts before the end of this year, the watchdog’s chief executive has said.
The General Medical Council will be able to challenge ‘lenient’ decisions against doctors suspected of misconduct for the first time.
The NHS workforce grew by more than 2 per cent last year, which also saw the first rise in the number of NHS managers employed since 2009.
NHS Improving Quality is expected to be substantially cut back and could well be abolished under proposals being considered by a national review of the health service’s improvement organisations, HSJ understands.
The chair of the inquiry into poor maternity care and deaths at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust has said he was ‘disappointed’ by the response of professional bodies to his report.
A NHS England sub-region directors is leaving to join private health firm Optum, while another of the posts has been filled by a former primary care trust chief executive.
The British Medical Association has been accused of taking an ‘untenable position’ in refusing to accept that changes to NHS redundancy pay apply to doctors.
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A shortage of training places for orthopaedic surgeons must be addressed as demand for hip and knee replacement surgery continues to rise, the Royal College of Surgeons has said.
A radical blueprint to reshape the nursing workforce calls for nurses to follow a medical style model of training and the creation of a new ‘advanced healthcare assistant’ role.
A shortage in the supply of senior NHS managers will not prevent the Care Quality Commission from taking action against trusts who employ ‘unfit’ directors, Sir Mike Richards has told HSJ.
NHS unions have officially ended their pay dispute with the government by accepting a 1 per cent pay rise and committing to future talks on reform of Agenda for Change.
The health secretary has backed the establishment of an independent patient safety investigation unit similar to the Air Accidents Investigations Branch of the Department for Transport.
Activity in general practice has risen in the last three complete financial years, but most of this has been for medical professionals other than GPs, research by a leading health think thank suggests.
Members of the largest healthcare union have voted to accept the government’s latest pay offer, while NHS managers have turned down the proposals, describing them as ‘divisive’.
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