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  • HSJ Knowledge

    National IT programme briefing

    2007-12-07T15:21:46Z

    It has been called the world's biggest civilian computer project. It has cost billions so far, has billions more to spend and is not even close to delivering the aims set for it in 2002. The national IT programme is, it would be fair to say, controversial.

  • News

    Audit Commission report calls for clinical engagement

    2007-12-03T11:07:08Z

    Better working relationships and communication between clinical and finance staff is vital for a more efficient NHS, according to an Audit Commission report.

  • HSJ Knowledge

    Answers to the HSJ 2007 Christmas quiz

    2007-11-27T00:00:00Z

    Christmas quiz Answers Noel Plumridge 1 (a). This is not to be confused with payments to consultants in the DH commercial directorate, which at around£100,000 per day cost rather more than 1 per cent of turnover. 2: (c). The takeover involved arrangements for handling Good Hope’s accumulated debt. 3. ...

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    Geriatric medicine: changing staff attitudes

    2007-11-22T09:00:00Z

    Too many NHS staff are prone to ageism and reluctant to work with the elderly. In an ageing population, it's time they changed their attitudes, says David Oliver

  • HSJ Knowledge

    PBC timeline

    2007-11-20T14:04:25Z

    1997: Incoming Labour government abolishes GP fundholding 1998: White paper The New NHS first moots the idea of PBC October 2004: Policy announced by health minister John Hutton December 2004: First government guidance - Practice-Based Commissioning: promoting clinical engagement February 2005: Technical guidance - ...

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    Practice-Based Commissioning briefing

    2007-11-20T13:26:07Z

    Practice-based commissioning was introduced as a policy by the Labour government in 2004. It aims to allow GPs to commission directly on behalf of their patients and to give them more control over their budget.

  • News

    'Urgent action' needed on poor money management, says Audit Commission

    2007-10-25T09:00:00Z

    One-third of NHS organisations are still in poor financial health - and a hard core requires 'urgent action'.

  • News

    Finances still weak at many trusts, says Audit Commission

    2007-10-23T00:00:00Z

    Nearly one-third of NHS bodies are still in poor financial health, according to the Audit Commission's Review of the NHS Financial Year 2006-07 published today. The report says 31 per cent of NHS acute and primary care trusts are failing to meet minimum requirements. However, 27 per cent of ...

  • HSJ Knowledge

    Useful PbR documents and websites

    2007-10-15T14:59:00Z

    Implementing PbR: information on the 2006 rollout. DoH PbR Implementation Support Guide, March 2006. Introduction, pages 4-5 2006-07 PbR technical guidance: executive summary Revised PbR tariff 2006-07 Delivering the NHS Plan, the document that outlined the intention of PbR DoH introducing PbR. In particular the executive summary, pages 4-6 Annexes ...

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    Making care more flexible for mothers

    2007-07-23T00:00:00Z

    A national survey of mothers' experiences shows they are being given more flexible maternity care - but there is still room for improvement.

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    Myth-buster: staff famine

    2007-06-18T00:00:00Z

    In the second of a new series, Stephen Black challenges another NHS untruth

  • HSJ Knowledge

    PbR: the implications for hospital practice

    2007-04-30T10:03:54Z

    It has been suggested that recent national hospital job cuts in nursing, medical and administrative areas may be a direct result of a loss of expected revenue from PbR due to inaccuracies in coding. This could result in further job cuts, trust downsizing, and even hospital closure.

  • HSJ Knowledge

    Ruth Eley on why reconfiguration must work for older people

    2007-02-05T00:00:00Z

    Older people are the biggest users of the health service. With services being reconfigured, their need for participation and independence must not be forgotten.

  • HSJ Knowledge

    Get together

    2007-01-01T00:00:00Z

    A new inspection regime - the comprehensive area assessment - is to be rolled out for a range of local services. HSJ and sister title LGC collected the great and the good to discuss how it will affect their work

  • HSJ Knowledge

    Sea change in health scrutiny

    2007-01-01T00:00:00Z

    As the future of health scrutiny grows increasingly complex, healthcare professionals and local government must ride the wave and forge new relationships, reports Sasha Strong

  • News

    Service redesign 'needs scrutiny', says Audit Commission

    2007-01-01T00:00:00Z

    Local government must have a stronger voice in service redesign and commissioning decisions to ensure the public's concerns are heard by the NHS, according to Audit Commission chair Sir Michael Lyons.

  • News

    Audit Commission and NAO calls for debt bail-outs

    2007-01-01T00:00:00Z

    Ministers should reconsider their decision not to bail out trusts with historic deficits, a report by the Audit Commission and National Audit Office has recommended.

  • News

    Audit Commission calls for end to deficit penalties

    2007-01-01T00:00:00Z

    NHS trusts should be reimbursed for the money they have lost under the Treasury's resource accounting and budgeting system, the Audit Commission has said.

  • Comment

    The age of uncertainty: new Audit Commission chair speaks out

    2007-01-01T00:00:00Z

    New Audit Commission chair Michael O'Higgins has a lot on his plate as he waits for the health regulatory review and oversees the transition to a new inspection era ushered in by the local government white paper

  • News

    Audit Commission says PCTs should fine acutes for errors

    2006-12-07T07:00:00Z

    The job of clinical coding should be given a higher priority within NHS trusts in order to make payment by results work, according to the Audit Commission.