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Andy Burnham

Imperial College London

Labour and Tories promise to block reconfiguration plans

Senior Labour and Conservative health figures have committed to blocking reconfiguration plans if their party wins the general election.

Election 2015: The must read articles before polling day

The must read HSJ interviews, analyses, polls from the election campaign – and what might happen from 8 May

Nick Clegg 2015

Lib Dems commit to increase NHS pay with inflation

The Liberal Democrats will make a commitment today to increase NHS pay at least in line with the rate inflation from the next financial year.

Ballot box

Exclusive: CCG leaders fear political priorities would come first under HWBs

A large majority of commissioning leaders believe clinical priorities would lose out to political priorities if lead responsibility for NHS services was handed to health and wellbeing boards, an exclusive HSJ survey has found.

Houses of Parliament

A week in NHS politics: health becomes election battleground

The NHS has been firmly established as a crucial election battleground, with all parties making flagship pledges about the future of the service. Here HSJ rounds up the key commitments, policies and developments, including from our exclusive interviews with Jeremy Hunt and Andy Burnham

Andy Burnham

Unsocial hours pay would stay under Labour, says Burnham

Shadow heath secretary Andy Burnham has pledged not to cut unsocial hours payments for NHS staff if Labour wins the general election, but said he still planned to introduce a ‘seven-day service’ that provides care for people at whatever time they require.

NHS staff on picket line

Unison issues strike warning over unsocial hours pay

One of the largest NHS unions has issued a warning to the next government that it will ballot for strike action if ministers try to cut unsocial hours payments.

Andy Burnham

Exclusive: Forward view leaves ‘big questions unanswered’, says Burnham

Andy Burnham has said the NHS Five Year Forward View left ‘many big questions unanswered’ and Labour would not be setting the health service ‘on the right path’ by adopting it without making ‘other fundamental changes’.

Money, cash and notes

Burnham: Social care will benefit from Labour's £2.5bn health cash boost

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham speaks to LGC following the launch of Labour’s manifesto


Labour launches NHS manifesto amid funding plans row with Tories

Labour has launched its health manifesto and accused the Conservatives of making ‘unfunded commitments’ after ministers pledged to invest significant extra funding into the NHS.  

Andy Burnham

Labour's health policy: a rough guide

HSJ’s handy guide to Labour’s health policy development before the manifesto:

Andy Burnham

King's Fund disputes Labour plan to exempt NHS from EU rules

Labour’s election proposal to make the NHS exempt from European Union procurement law cannot be implemented unless a future government curbs the independence of foundation trusts, the King’s Fund has said.

Jeremy Hunt 2014

Morecambe Bay review: Hunt backs independent safety investigation unit

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.

Lord Hunt

Lord Hunt: CCGs to be advisers to HWBs

Clinical commissioning groups will ‘ultimately’ be reduced to an advisory role for health and wellbeing boards under a Labour government, according to a shadow health minister.

Andy Burnham

Updated: Burnham warns Manchester plans could mean 'another reorganisation'

Shadow secretary Andy Burnham has warned plans to devolve £6bn of health and social care funding to Greater Manchester could mean “another reorganisation”.

Michael Rawlins

Making NICE guidelines mandatory ‘counterproductive’, says former chair

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s former chair Sir Michael Rawlins has criticised NHS commissioners for ‘poorly implementing’ the body’s guidelines but said making them mandatory would be ‘counterproductive’.

Jeremy Hunt 2014

Hunt calls for whistleblower protection 'on statute books' before election

The government will aim to get increased safeguards for NHS whistleblowers on to the statute books before the general election, Jeremy Hunt has said.

NHS 111 would be handed over to ambulance services under Labour

Ambulance services would take over the running of the non-emergency 111 telephone service under a Labour government, Andy Burnham has revealed.

Andy Burnham

Monitor and TDA could merge, Burnham suggests

Labour could merge the NHS Trust Development Authority into its foundation trust counterpart Monitor if the party forms the next government, Andy Burnham has indicated.

Jigsaw puzzle

Labour plans 'accountable providers' for joined up health and social care

Labour plans to introduce an ‘accountable provider’ for frail older people under its 10 year plan for the NHS funded via a ‘year of care tariff’. This suggests a new role for trusts as lead providers of joined up health and care services.

Ben Nunn 2015

What the Labour leader candidates will say about the NHS

Leadership elections are fast approaching

Jeremy Hunt

End Game: Adversaries set differences aside?

Jeremy Hunt endorses Andy Burnham


Michael White: My four election predictions

I haven’t called an election wrong since 1959

Magnets to heal menopause symptoms

End Game: Library lols as health leaders slip up

An amusing election debate in a library reveals disparities within political parties, while magnets have the power to heal menopause symptoms


Why the Mail's 'NHS fat cats' story is so offensive

I was mightily offended by the Mail’s revelations

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