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Andy Burnham

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.

Ed Miliband

Exclusive interview: Ed Miliband on NHS reorganisation, competition and funding

A Labour government would not instigate a ‘top-down reorganisation’ of the NHS,Ed Miliband has told HSJ

Axe job cuts

Labour pledges new savings by cutting NHS 'bureaucracy'

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.

Miliband and Burnham visit George Eliot Hospital 26 January 2015

Labour reveals 10 year plan for health and social care

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’.

Andy Burnham

Burnham attacks 'judgmental' restrictions on surgery for obese patients

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has attacked attempts by NHS commissioners to restrict routine surgery for overweight patients and smokers.

HSJ 19 December 2014 Christmas cover

'He's not the Messiah but...': HSJ's Christmas cover

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 cements place as most powerful person in healthcare

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 2014

Hunt: Additional funds will be linked to efficiency and tech

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”.

David Flory

Some trusts will not become FTs until 2018, says Flory

The chief executive of the NHS Trust Development Authority has said some trusts will not be authorised for at least another four years.

Andy Burnham

Burnham: FT model reinforces hospital domination

The foundation trust model must be updated to prevent a hospital centred approach which could “perpetuates silos”, shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has said.


Accident and emergency bailout fund increases to £700m

Hospitals are to receive an extra £300m in government cash in a bid to arrest further decline in A&E performance over the winter

Andy Burnham

Exclusive: Labour could make NICE guidance mandatory

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

European flags

Burnham sets out role for private providers in his NHS vision

Private health providers could play a significant role in providing NHS services under a Labour government, the shadow health secretary has suggested

Pay slip

'There's no getting away from difficult choices over staff pay,' says Burnham

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


End Game: Self-care goes a step too far

Politicians in harmony over whistleblowing

Mike Birtwistle

The 10 year plan won't win Labour the keys to Number 10

Labour’s health strategy lacks flesh on the bones to tempt the electorate


Ghosts of political past haunt the election run-up

Conservative and Labour grandees pipe up over their party’s policy directions

Climber on snowy mountain

What we want from politicians is courage, stability and realism

NHS needs stability and realism from health policy

Mike Birtwistle

Election 2015: Party politics offer little new year cheer

Reality bites for political parties in 2015

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