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Deprived mothers 'get worse care' than wealthiest

More needs to be done to help poor women through pregnancy, experts have said, after new research found that they have a worse experience than better-off mothers-to-be.

Eye surgery

Exclusive: CCG interest in 'any qualified provider' scheme dwindles

There is dwindling interest among commissioners in using “any qualified provider” to increase competition and patient choice, an HSJ investigation has found

Walk in centre

NHS England top GP predicts end of 'independent contractor' concept

The concept of independent contractors in general practice will become “anachronistic” and “probably will have gone” within ten years, according to one of NHS England’s most senior GP leaders.

Services “not equipped” to cope with rise of legal highs

Health services are buckling under the pressure caused by new legal highs and the increasing use of club drugs, leading doctors have suggested.

John Oldham

Labour health expert calls for immediate debate on health and care funding

The expert who authored Ed Miliband’s health and social care plan has called on politicians to immediately begin a public debate on the future of funding for the services.


DH sets health visiting services provision for local authorities

Department of Health sets out five services councils must run

Dementia care

Review of dementia care funding urged

Wide variations in NHS funding for the continuing care of people with dementia have been uncovered in a report by a Labour prospective parliamentary candidate.

Old man in bed, doctor using stehoscope

Serco to withdraw from UK clinical services market

Outsourcing giant Serco has announced plans to withdraw from the clinical health services market in the UK after making a multimillion pound loss on its NHS contracts.

Male GP injecting arm of older woman patient

Doubts over GP phone consultation

Patients who receive telephone consultations from their GP or a nurse are more likely to need care in the month after their phone call than those who see doctors face to face, a new study suggests.


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.

Carer with elderly man

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.

Older woman and younger woman, nurse, smiling at each other

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

A woman with tape over her mouth

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.

Magnifying glass

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.

Hospital sign

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

Jonathan Ellis

How partnering with hospices benefits the NHS frontline

Hospices make good partners for improving care locally

Maggie Holloway

Moving to a care home must be on a person's own terms

The steps to help an older person transition

Nigel Edwards

Nigel Edwards: The squeeze is on for mental health trusts

Action is clearly been ineffective in some places

Patrick Vernon

Use NHS land to build affordable housing

New homes can improve public health and NHS coffers

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