HSJ’s round up of the must read stories in health from Tuesday
- Today’s must know: Illegal immigrants traced using NHS patient information
- Today’s talking point: Trusts offered lower interest on bailouts to hit finance targets
- Today’s inspiration: Homa, Durkin and May head up Patient Safety Awards judges
- Today’s risk: Hunt says Department of Health can handle Brexit
Data, Brexit and unaffordable plans
A number of important stories for the NHS have broke on Tuesday afternoon. Here is HSJ’s coverage of all of them:
- Confidential NHS patient information is being shared with the Home Office to help the government trace suspected illegal immigrants.
- Jeremy Hunt has said the Department of Health has the capacity to deal with the impact of Brexit on the NHS despite imminent job cuts.
- NHS trusts have been told their capital spending plans for 2016-17 are still unaffordable – to the tune of £1bn – and asked to defer non-urgent spending to next year.
- Simon Stevens has said there is now “willingness” from GPs to change the model of primary care in the next two years as their “backs are against the wall”.
The start of the trial of former NHS trust chief executive Paula Vasco-Knight, her husband Stephen Vasco-Knight and former NHS equalities lead Habib Naqvi has been pushed back to 10am on 25 January at Exeter Crown Court.
Ms Vasco-Knight, who was Torbay and South Devon Healthcare Foundation Trust chief executive from 2008 to 2014, has pleaded not guilty to three separate counts of fraud. From 2012 to 2014 she was also national equalities lead for NHS England.
The charges relate to a period between October 2012 and August 2013. Mr Vasco-Knight pleaded not guilty to one count of fraud.
Mr Naqvi is standing trial for three counts of assisting in the commission of an offence in breach of the Serious Crime Act 2007. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.