The real terms increase in health funding will be “swallowed up” by rising costs in the NHS, John Appleby has warned in response to the spending review.
The health service is scrambling to provide additional funding to some hospitals to mitigate a crisis in emergency departments – despite the government not providing a formal “winter fund” this year – HSJ has learned.
Labour has pledged to increase NHS England’s budget by an average 3.9 per cent per year in real terms over the next four years if it forms the next government.
Directors at a foundation trust considered selling on its bad debts from private and overseas patients for collection, board papers reveal.
Two NHS trusts are defying a private company which is approaching NHS organisations asking them to buy an additional fee to use TVs on wards.