Sarah Calkin covers the performance and quality beat which incorporates patient safety and regulation with a particular focus on the Care Quality Commission. She covered the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust public inquiry and the subsequent fallout, giving her an insight into the major drivers of the current health policy environment. She also covers the NHS in the south west of England and is interested in the challenges of providing healthcare in a rural environment.Follow Sarah Calkin on Twitter @sjcalkin and on Google+
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PERFORMANCE: One of the worst performing areas on the four hour accident and emergency target has seen its “system resilience” money withheld temporarily after failing to devise a “believable” improvement plan.
FINANCE: The country’s biggest clinical commissioning group will have to take immediate action to prioritise patient access to services in the face of unaffordable increases in demand, it has warned.
The national leadership of the NHS has issued an unprecedented warning to politicians that it cannot continue at current funding levels
- 'New care models' to cover half of England
- 'Brave' new patient safety drive launched
- CQC: System needs to improve 'patchy' response to poor care
- Revealed: Specialised services failing to make the grade
- Only one bidder in the running for Weston
- Returned drug money should not fund waiting list drive
- Specialised services worth £600m could be handed to CCGs