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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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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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Serco boss to head up specialist hospital firm

A senior director at outsourcing giant Serco is to step down from her role to become the chief executive of the Huntercombe Group, a hospital and specialist care centre provider.

Exclusive: Review set to probe standard of nurse training

A major review of nurse training in England will be launched next month to help push up standards of patient care, Health Service Journal can reveal.

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Industrial action looms on NHS pay

The threat of industrial action by health workers over pay will come closer this week amid public support for higher wages in the NHS.

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Exclusive: Study reveals NHS failure on diversity at senior levels

A new study has found the proportion of senior NHS positions held by people of black and minority ethnic backgrounds has barely changed in eight years, with progress towards better representation labelled as “glacial”.

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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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Exclusive: NMC to get new legal powers to re-open cases after Mid Staffs

The Nursing and Midwifery Council is to be granted new powers by the government to allow it to re-open closed fitness to practise cases, HSJ can reveal.

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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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Bar on multiple directorships dropped to aid trust takeovers

The Department of Health plans to change the law to allow chairs of NHS trusts to serve on the boards of more than one organisation, in a move it says could smooth the takeover process for unsustainable providers.

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Unison seeks ballot for NHS industrial action

The largest healthcare union has warned of a “winter of unrest for the NHS” as it revealed plans to ballot members for industrial action.

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Dean Royles director, NHS Employers, and chair of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development

NHS pay deal will cost £150m say employers

The government’s decision to impose a pay deal on NHS staff will nevertheless cost the service an extra £150m a year, NHS Employers has told HSJ.

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Cameras for ambulance staff urged

Ambulance crews should carry body-worn CCTV cameras to prevent thousands of ‘disgraceful’ assaults on frontline staff each year, according to a new report.

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Review reveals failings by nursing regulator in Mid Staffs cases

The Nursing and Midwifery Council failed to properly investigate 17 former nurses at the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust according to an audit by the Professional Standards Authority.

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Sir Robert Naylor to chair HSJ inquiry into future of NHS leadership

Stephen Dorrell among panel members

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CQC set to run list of 'unfit' directors

A register of poorly performing NHS directors is to be set up and maintained by the Care Quality Commission to prevent “unfit” managers working and moving between health and care providers.

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The best of 2014 so far: Leadership

Over the Easter break we are bringing you a selection of articles from our leadership channel.

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The ever-changing NHS needs some blitz spirit

New ways to deal with relentless top-down change

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Houses in Kent

Create a training ground for future CCG leaders

GPs signing up to Kent-based programme

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'Race discrimination is a serious risk to patient experience'

Evidence shows lack of progress on diversity

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Let your staff dare to dream

Tips for encouraging and supporting healthcare innovation

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A running track race

NHS leaders show courage under fire

Developing resilience has become vital for health leaders

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