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Service line reporting

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Monitor urges trusts to use service line systemSubscription

Monitor is encouraging trusts to use service line management to improve quality and control costs, amid evidence that senior management is taking back control of trust finances.

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Man held over hospital staff attackSubscription

A man is being held by police in connection with an attack at a hospital that left two staff members and five patients injured.

Huge variability in regional cancer spending suggests worrying inefficiency, the National Audit Office has warned.

NHS cancer spending queried by National Audit OfficeSubscription

Huge variability in regional cancer spending suggests worrying inefficiency, the National Audit Office has warned.

More than one in four hospitals performing keyhole surgery are using out-of-date and potentially unsafe equipment.

Report highlights out-of-date keyhole equipmentSubscription

More than one in four hospitals performing keyhole surgery are using out-of-date and potentially unsafe equipment, according to a new report.

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Audit Commission extends payment by results checks Subscription

The Audit Commission has announced an extension of its payment by results data assurance checks.

FT warning over competition panel ruling on consultants

FT warning over competition panel ruling on consultantsSubscription

Foundation trusts have warned most decisions on allowing consultants to work for other providers will need to be decided individually, despite a co-operation and competition panel ruling last week that attempts to prevent such work were anti-competitive and undermined patient choice.

NHS competition panel says no to limit on medics’ private work

NHS competition panel rejects limit on consultants’ work outside their contractsSubscription

The co-operation and competition panel has said that restrictions on consultants working for other providers during their non-contractive hours are anti-competitive and against NHS principles.

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Darzi says focus on long term conditionsSubscription

Regions should consider shifting their attentions from waiting times to long term conditions to reflect the changing economic climate, health minister Lord Darzi has said.

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Monitor hails Darzi progress reportSubscription

Attempts by health minister Lord Darzi to boost clinical leadership in the NHS have been welcomed by Monitor, the foundation trust watchdog.

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Trusts in the dark over cost of private patientsSubscription

How much should NHS hospitals be charging to make a profit on private care? With foundation trusts’ income cap up for debate, Sally Gainsbury looks into costs, calculations and rates of return

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Corporate skills required for foundation trust governanceSubscription

Boards require the skills of blue-chip firms to deal with the risks that come with foundation status. Alison Moore examines how trusts have adapted to make the most of their freedoms

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Provider arms should scrutinise unprofitable servicesSubscription

Primary care trust provider arms must be prepared to question the future of unprofitable services in order to succeed as standalone organisations, the NHS Confederation conference has heard.

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Fewer deaths could mean more pay for consultantsSubscription

Hospital consultants’ pay could be linked to outcomes such as the number of patients who die in their care, the NHS medical director has signalled.

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Foundation trusts query accounting changesSubscription

Foundation trusts have raised concerns that forthcoming changes to accounting rules could undermine efforts to get hospitals to focus on where they make and lose money.

London trust praises devolutionSubscription

University College London Hospitals foundation trust is claiming significant savings and improvements in service quality by devolving budgets to clinical leads and directors.


Monitor criticised for data demandSubscription

The foundation trust regulator Monitor must not seek to 'enhance' its regulatory role, Foundation Trust Network director Sue Slipman has warned.


Just the end of the beginning for MonitorSubscription

With 62 members, the foundation movement is coming of age. Monitor chair Bill Moyes offers a compelling picture of where foundation trusts are heading, and outlines his vision for the regulator's future


Monitor will demand service level figures from foundation trustsSubscription

Monitor is set to instruct foundation trusts to provide more accurate information about the financial performance of each of their services.


Service-line economics goes to the heart of patient careSubscription

As we reveal this week, foundation regulator Monitor will be consulting trusts on compliance guidance to push the adoption of service-line economics (feature, page 22).