The new governmentNews on the new government as it takes shape
With two weeks to go until the general election, the NHS is a top priority for voters, and all the main parties have set out their key health policy pledges in their manifestos.
The Conservative Party has firmly backed the NHS Five Year Forward View in its election manifesto. It includes an explicit commitment to spend at least an extra £8bn a year on the NHS, over and above inflation, by 2020.
Nick Clegg is pushing for next year’s NHS budget to be topped up with enough winter pressures funding to leave the service in a ‘healthy state’ for the next government
Elected health commissioners would be introduced to the Welsh NHS under a Conservative administration.
Nick Seddon, deputy director of right-leaning think tank Reform, has been appointed health and social care adviser to the prime minister.
The NHS continued its strong performance on waiting times in February, achieving all three 18 week referral-to-treatment measures for the second consecutive month.
The government’s controversial NHS reforms cleared another major hurdle in the House of Lords on Tuesday night.
The government has seen off a rebel Liberal Democrat bid to halt the controversial health reforms.
Health secretary Andrew Lansley will face yet more pressure over his controversial NHS reforms, with peers resuming their scrutiny of the legislation today.
Health secretary Andrew Lansley has denied primary care trusts are in “meltdown” as a result of his reform plans.
The Department of Health may have to start justifying its detailed spending plans to the Commons health committee, HSJ has learned.
Health minster Earl Howe has revealed the government’s proposed health and wellbeing boards will not be compulsory.
Health secretary Andrew Lansley has attempted to play down the scale and pace of the white paper changes, following widespread concerns expressed in response to the consultation.
The first real acid test of how closely the coalition’s junior partner is allied to the proposed health reforms will come next week at the Liberal Democrats’ annual conference in Liverpool.
Prospective Care Quality Commission chair Dame Jo Williams faced a barrage of questions regarding the regulator’s weaknesses from MPs in a pre-appointment grilling last week.
NHS Direct staff should have a role to play in setting up the new 111 urgent care service which is due to replace it in 2013, according to the chief executive of the telephone triage service.
Health secretary Andrew Lansley this week announced an end to mixed sex wards in the NHS, prompting an outbreak of ennui.
The Commons health select committee is to be entirely made up of MPs who have not served on it before - although several of them have a background in health or health related fields.
David Cameron will today promise to “turn government on its head” and make every Whitehall department publicly accountable against published milestones for what they want to achieve.
Health secretary Andrew Lansley assures HSJ editor Alastair McLellan that funding is still to rise annually - but the scale and rationale for any increases will differ vastly from recent years
The government has published its revised NHS operating framework, setting tough goals for reducing management costs and removing key performance targets.
Former health secretary Stephen Dorrell has been elected chair of the Commons health committee.
The first decision to downgrade an accident and emergency department since the coalition government was elected is due to be taken by NHS Nottinghamshire County tomorrow.
A revised NHS operating framework due to be issued by the Department of Health next week will set out a timetable to abolish several NHS waiting time targets by 2011.
Primary care trusts will have their responsibilities radically stripped back under plans being developed by health secretary Andrew Lansley.
Penalising trusts for readmissions will push the integration of acute and community care, health secretary Andrew Lansley has said.
A former health secretary is battling a nurse, a dentist and a right-winger to become chairman of the health select committee.
Hospitals will face financial penalties if patients are readmitted as an emergency within 30 days of being discharged, under government plans to be announced today.
Two members of NHS London’s non-executive board, including its chair, resigned last week after health secretary Andrew Lansley’s “halt” of its capital-wide reconfiguration programme.
The health secretary has said the NHS should focus on health outcomes, patient experience and safety performance and is grappling with whether to drop key waiting times targets.