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The new government

News on the new government as it takes shape

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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.

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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

Jeremy Hunt to remain health secretarySubscription

Jeremy Hunt has been reappointed health secretary in the new government.

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Election 2015: Where do the main parties agree on health?Subscription

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.

David Cameron

Conservatives pledge to fund forward view in election manifestoSubscription

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

Exclusive: Deputy prime minister puts faith in winter fundingSubscription

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

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Welsh NHS should elect health commissioners, Conservatives say Subscription

Elected health commissioners would be introduced to the Welsh NHS under a Conservative administration.

Nick Seddon

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.

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NHS reports strong performance on 18 weeks targetsSubscription

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.

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Health reforms clear latest Lords hurdleSubscription

The government’s controversial NHS reforms cleared another major hurdle in the House of Lords on Tuesday night.

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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

Pressure on Lansley grows as Lords scrutinise reformsSubscription

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'

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.

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MPs want power to scrutinise DH spending plans in detailSubscription

The Department of Health may have to start justifying its detailed spending plans to the Commons health committee, HSJ has learned.

Pledge for democratic input on commissioning 'watered down'Subscription

Health minster Earl Howe has revealed the government’s proposed health and wellbeing boards will not be compulsory.

Lansley plays down 'scale and pace' concerns over GP commissioning

Lansley plays down 'scale and pace' concerns over GP commissioningSubscription

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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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 committee

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.

Accountability shake-up planned for public servicesSubscription

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

Andrew Lansley challenges a decade of NHS spendingSubscription

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

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Operating framework: management costs to be slashed by £220m this yearSubscription

The government has published its revised NHS operating framework, setting tough goals for reducing management costs and removing key performance targets.

Stephen Dorrell

Dorrell chairs health committee Subscription

Former health secretary Stephen Dorrell has been elected chair of the Commons health committee.

Andrew Lansley

First test to Lansley's new reconfiguration policySubscription

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.

Revised operating framework to pave way for abolition of waiting targetsSubscription

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.

Andrew Lansley

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.

Andrew Lansley

Lansley: readmissions move is to drive integrationSubscription

Penalising trusts for readmissions will push the integration of acute and community care, health secretary Andrew Lansley has said.

Stephen Dorrell

Former health secretary fights nurse, dentist and FT critic to chair health committee Subscription

A former health secretary is battling a nurse, a dentist and a right-winger to become chairman of the health select committee.

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Robert Wachter

Profile: Bob Wachter, the digital doctor and NHS devoteeSubscription

Bob Wachter is professor and interim chair of the department of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

Jeremy Hunt

Hunt says £1.8bn will be spent on 'paper free NHS'Subscription

The health secretary has indicated he is increasing the amount of funding allocated for moving to a paperless at the point of care NHS by 2020. 

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BMA cancels strike as government suspends imposition threatSubscription

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.

George Osborne

Spending review 2015: What to expect for healthSubscription

HSJ sets out key issues the NHS should track in next week’s spending review announcement

Workforce

DH unable to reveal extent of pay cut for doctors needing pay protectionSubscription

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.

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MPs consider powers to transfer NHS functions in 'radical' devolution billSubscription

MPs will next week consider “radical” plans to give ministers wide ranging new powers to transfer NHS functions, funding and assets to councils.

Lib Dem health policy latest news

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Exclusive: Majority of A&E departments fail liaison psychiatry standardsSubscription

Almost three-quarters of England’s liaison psychiatry services in hospital emergency departments are rated substandard, HSJ has learned.

Mental health

Exclusive: Mental health trusts fear over CCG investmentSubscription

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.

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Lib Dems commit to increase NHS pay with inflationSubscription

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.

Nick Clegg

Liberal Democrats commit to repeal competition elements of Health ActSubscription

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

Lib Dems pledge extra £250m a year for children's mental healthSubscription

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.

Norman Lamb

Exclusive: Lamb proposes single department for health and social careSubscription

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.