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 has accused the government of ‘vandalism’ by destroying NHS Direct, which formally closed on March 31.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Clinical commissioning groups have received guidance to “encourage and support” them to deliver parity of esteem for mental health services, Sir David Nicholson has said.
NHS providers will be required to tell patients about all but the very least serious patient safety incidents under the new statutory duty of candour, if the recommendations of a government commissioned review are adopted into law.
Budget-squeezed health and care provision for a rapidly ageing population needs to change urgently, a leading health charity has warned.
GPs should take responsibility for out of hospital community services for patients under their registered lists, according to a report by the King’s Fund.
A mental health trust has told HSJ it is considering a legal challenge against the decision by NHS England and Monitor to impose 20 per cent higher cuts for mental health and community providers than for their acute counterparts.
NHS England board member Lord Adebowale has described the policy of imposing cuts to mental health and community trusts, which are a fifth higher than those for other sectors, as “bordering on laughable”.
Efforts to develop quality indicators and a tariff payment system for community services providers have taken a leap forward after winning the support of the main national health leadership organisations, HSJ has discovered.
NHS England and Monitor have said clinical commissioning groups can set their own prices for mental health and community services following claims that there is an institutional bias against the sector.
The names of organisations that fail to comply with patient safety alerts are to be published online each month as part of a revamped warning system being introduced by NHS England.
Monitor is closely observing the decisions clinical commissioning groups are making about transforming community services contracts, its chief executive has told HSJ.
The care services minister has warned NHS England he may intervene to ask it to reconsider funding decisions if they undermine the government’s commitment to parity of esteem for mental health.
The Care Quality Commission has appointed one of the founders of health informatics firm Dr Foster Intelligence to advise on how the regulator uses data to monitor health and social care providers.
Healthcare leaders from across the community and mental health sectors have united against plans to cut the tariff price for their services by a fifth more than the reduction proposed for acute providers.
“Communities” must be given the chance to own and run smaller hospitals and help push forward the changes the NHS needs to succeed, a Conservative MP has said.
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