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Hospitals to scrutinise integration plans

Acute trusts must say whether they accept local forecasts for cutting emergency admissions under better care fund

Anne Rainsberry

Major reorganisation of specialist cancer and cardiac treatment approved

A reorganisation of specialist cancer and cardiac treatment across north east London and West Essex that will see two major hospitals host one specialism each was given the green light by commissioners last week.

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Third of CCGs do not plan to retender community services

More than a third of CCGs have no plans to retender their community services, an HSJ investigation has revealed.

Revealed: The biggest specialised services providers

A group of just 19 acute trusts were paid almost half of NHS England’s £11.2bn budget for acute specialised services in 2013-14, exclusive analysis by HSJ revealed.

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Better care fund bailout for acute trusts is agreed

Better care fund cash will be used to compensate acute hospitals when local integration initiatives fail to reduce emergency admissions

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Exclusive: Provider ordered to pay whistleblower £80k compensation

A whistleblowing nurse has been awarded £80,000 by an employment tribunal that found she was unfairly dismissed after raising patient safety concerns

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Exclusive poll: Public fear for the future of free healthcare

Voters fear the principle of free healthcare is in danger and that the NHS is threatened by the private sector, an HSJ/FTI Consulting survey has found

community services care worker elderly woman patient

Big jump in private share of NHS community services market

The share of NHS community health service funding going to private providers has sharply increased in recent years, a new study reveals.

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Exclusive: Monitor launches probe of community service contracts

Monitor has launched an investigation into clinical commissioning groups’ intentions for the £10bn community services sector, HSJ has learned.

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Monitor: 'No evidence' of poorer quality of care in small hospitals

Small hospitals should continue to play an “important role” in the NHS, Monitor has indicated after a new study found “no evidence” of poorer quality clinical performance when compared with larger providers.

Rob Webster

Non-acute leaders join Dalton review panel

Two healthcare chiefs with experience in the non-acute sector have joined the Dalton review panel

NHS 111

Integrated hotlines could exclude smaller providers

Plans by clinical commissioning groups to jointly procure NHS 111 and out of hours hotlines have sparked concerns that smaller providers could be squeezed out of the market.

Daniel Poulter

Exclusive: Post-Francis recruitment surge welcomed by minister

Exclusive: The recent and continuing surge in new NHS posts for nursing and other frontline roles has been welcomed by health minister Dan Poulter as the “right thing to do” in response to the Mid-Staffordshire scandal.

Patient in bed

Independent sector profits from lack of NHS secure beds

A lack of secure inpatient NHS beds has driven a £21m overspend in NHS England’s budget for independent sector mental health providers. HSJ analysis reveals the organisation overspent £21m on independent mental health providers, 5 per cent more than its planned spending on this sector.

Valerie Michie

Serco estimates £18m losses on health contracts

Embattled outsourcer Serco has estimated it will rack up losses of nearly £18m on three flagship NHS contracts in the coming years, the company has told investors.


Labour dubs NHS 111 'fundamentally flawed'

Labour has accused the government of ‘vandalism’ by destroying NHS Direct, which formally closed on March 31.

Nursing home

Care home assaults are 'sad fact'

A judge who specialises in analysing issues relating to vulnerable people says assaults and serious incidents will occur at care homes and psychiatric units which house mentally-ill residents.

Jeremy Hunt

Hunt safety plans 'will require frontline investment'

Providers will need to invest “significant” time in ensuring frontline staff can deliver the plans to improve patient safety which were announced by the health secretary last week, HSJ has been told.

Jeremy Hunt

Hunt to launch patient safety 'movement' to halve harm

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt is expected to use a major speech in the US today to launch a “patient safety movement” aimed at halving rates of avoidable harm in the NHS over the next three years.

Junior doctors 'will be forced to train in community'

All junior doctors in England will be forced to undertake at least four months’ community placement during their first two years in the NHS, to better prepare them for the future of service delivery, it has been announced.

Older woman sat in chair

Residential care means more than a chair to sit in

Consider occupation when commissioning for quality of life in homes

District nurse arriving for a home visit

Transform district nursing to stop it facing extinction

The RCN says we might see its demise within 10 years

Alastair McLellan

More hospital nurses won’t solve the NHS’s long term problems

Recruitment needed across all care settings

Walk in centre

Only a whole culture change can make self-care a reality

There is no magic wand to care redesign

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