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.
Shadow secretary Andy Burnham has warned plans to devolve £6bn of health and social care funding to Greater Manchester could mean “another reorganisation”.
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’.
The government will aim to get increased safeguards for NHS whistleblowers on to the statute books before the general election, Jeremy Hunt has said.
Ambulance services would take over the running of the non-emergency 111 telephone service under a Labour government, Andy Burnham has revealed.
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.
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.
A Labour government would not instigate a ‘top-down reorganisation’ of the NHS,Ed Miliband has told HSJ
Labour has pledged to target duplication and bureaucracy they say has been caused by the Health Act 2012, raising the prospect of organisational changes if they form the next governement.
Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has confirmed he wants health and wellbeing boards to be accountable for new ‘year of care budgets’ which would cover the ‘health and social care needs’ of those ‘at the greatest risk of hospitalisation’, but added that the funds would ‘be paid to an NHS preferred provider’.
Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has attacked attempts by NHS commissioners to restrict routine surgery for overweight patients and smokers.
This year’s HSJ “Christmas cover” is lovingly ripped off from an idea by HSJ comment editor Andy Cowper, who himself ripped off Monty Python’s Life of Brian.
Simon Stevens has been named the most powerful person in healthcare in the HSJ100, just eight months after becoming NHS England chief executive.
Jeremy Hunt has indicated that £1.5bn of additional funding to be allocated to the NHS in 2015-16 will be contingent on hospitals providing plans to become more “efficient and sustainable” and to deliver “a commitment to a paperless NHS by 2018”.
The chief executive of the NHS Trust Development Authority has said some trusts will not be authorised for at least another four years.
The foundation trust model must be updated to prevent a hospital centred approach which could “perpetuates silos”, shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has said.
Hospitals are to receive an extra £300m in government cash in a bid to arrest further decline in A&E performance over the winter
A Labour government could reduce variation in access to drugs and procedures by making it mandatory for commissioners to follow NICE guidelines, Andy Burnham has revealed
Private health providers could play a significant role in providing NHS services under a Labour government, the shadow health secretary has suggested
A Labour government would use pay restraint and make ‘difficult choices’ about the wages of NHS frontline staff if the party wins the election next year
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