Your essential round-up of the day’s must read health stories and debate
- Today’s must know: NHS to recruit 2,000 GPs from abroad
- Today’s talking point: NHS could create new national ‘council’ to share decision making
- Today’s risk: Director referred to CQC after trust investigation
- Today’s appointment: First accountable care system managing director revealed
Name that forum
We bring you a feast from our latest interview with NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens. The news nuggets include:
- There will be a new NHS national forum, council or assembly of some form, to build consensus around policy questions and difficult decisions. No one knows what to call it. Got a suggestion?
- The areas subject to the contentious “capped expenditure programme” savings drive are told to “get on with it” – namely, make savings – but the NHS England chief executive acknowledges no more can be wrung out of these “overspending” offenders. The areas in question remain slightly baffled, with no central steer as to what is acceptable forthcoming after a string of assurance meetings. NHS Improvement has said the RTT constitution standard still stands – Mr Stevens says he sticks by his statement in the spring that it will not be met, as there are bigger priorities.
- The NHS will try to find 2,000 additional GPs from overseas in order to give it a chance of meeting the government’s target of a net 5,000 increase by 2020. “At what cost?”, folks will be asking.
- Efforts to raise capital funds from land sales and the private sector won’t deliver very quickly – so the NHS will need cash up front from the Treasury next year.
An NHS England director has been appointed to the first managing director post of an “accountable care system”.
Wendy Saviour, currently director of commissioning operations for the North Midlands, will take up the role for the Nottinghamshire ACS – one of eight areas chosen to develop the model.
It will mean the area has no NHS England director of commissioning operations – the lead local area director – responsible for it. Instead, Ms Saviour will be responsible for NHS England oversight and assurance while sitting within the ACS. Her substantive employment will remain with NHS England.
It is a similar arrangement to that in the Greater Manchester devolution area, where director Jon Rouse is employed by NHS England, and that being developed in Surrey Heartlands. Nottinghamshire county council deputy chief executive David Pearson will remain the sustainability and transformation partnership lead, working with Ms Saviour.