Prior resigns as CQC chair to join governmentSubscription
David Prior has stepped down as chair of the Care Quality Commission to become a health minister in the new Conservative government.
New ministers join DH in reshuffleSubscription
David Cameron has appointed two new health ministers in his government reshuffle, following the reappointment of Jeremy Hunt as health secretary.
Jeremy Hunt to remain health secretarySubscription
Jeremy Hunt has been reappointed health secretary in the new government.
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.
Health adviser to prime minister appointedSubscription
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.
Health reforms clear latest Lords hurdleSubscription
The government’s controversial NHS reforms cleared another major hurdle in the House of Lords on Tuesday night.
Rebel Lib Dem reforms revolt defeatedSubscription
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.
Lansley denies reforms have caused PCT 'meltdown' Subscription
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.
Health Hotel reopens for 2010Subscription
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.
Williams grilled by MPs over CQC’s weaknessesSubscription
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 bid for role in 111 lineSubscription
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.
Mixed sex wards and ennuiSubscription
Health secretary Andrew Lansley this week announced an end to mixed sex wards in the NHS, prompting an outbreak of ennui.
All new blood makes up health committeeSubscription
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.
Dorrell chairs health committee Subscription
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.
PCTs to lose responsibility for GPsSubscription
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.
Conservative health policy latest news
The British Medical Association has suspended strike action planned for tomorrow by junior doctors, in response to a deal with the government to re-start negotiations over a new contract.
Spending review 2015: What to expect for healthSubscription
HSJ sets out key issues the NHS should track in next week’s spending review announcement
The Department of Health has been unable to say what the average pay cut might be for junior doctors who need pay protection to maintain their earnings under a new proposed contract.
MPs will next week consider “radical” plans to give ministers wide ranging new powers to transfer NHS functions, funding and assets to councils.
The main incentive for GPs to switch to the government’s proposed new ‘voluntary contract’ will be to gain more control over their work and more time to see patients, health minister Alistair Burt has told HSJ.
Lib Dem health policy latest news
Almost three-quarters of England’s liaison psychiatry services in hospital emergency departments are rated substandard, HSJ has learned.
More than half of NHS mental health trusts fear their commissioners will not pass on funding increases for 2015-16, according to a survey of the sector.
The Liberal Democrats will make a commitment today to increase NHS pay at least in line with the rate inflation from the next financial year.
The Liberal Democrats have criticised the role of competition in the health service, pledging to repeal parts of the Health Act 2012 and end the competition authority’s role in health.
Nick Clegg has told the Liberal Democrats’ spring conference the government will spend an extra £250m a year for five years on child and adolescent mental health services.
Care minister Norman Lamb has told HSJ that he wants to create a single government department for health and social care by joining budgets at a national level.