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- Hinchingbrooke negotiates £4m cash advance
- GPs resign stakes in Virgin Care provider companies
- Hunt demands ‘culture of co-operation’
- Academic evaluation of NHS 111 finds “low probability of cost savings”
- Farrar urges move away from hospital care
- Reminder: South London Healthcare Trust briefing is free ahead of Monday’s report
15.45 Just a reminder that our briefing on the future of South London Healthcare Trust is free online at the moment, ahead of the presentation of Matthew Kershaw’s report on Monday. We won’t know what Mr Kershaw will present until Monday but our briefings have enjoyed some success in predicting things so far.
14:54 Chief executive of the NHS Confederation Mike Farrar commented on our story about Cambridgeshire Community Services, re-iterating that hospital; services “cannot carry on as they are”.
A commenter under the sotry about the death of the trust’s FT hopes asks: “Once you have a Community FT it reduces the opportunity for practices to cherry pick community services. Is that too cynical?”
1.58pm The Department of Health press release announcing the publication of the report focuses on high rates of user satisfaction with the pilot services. Health minister, Lord Howe, said: “Of course, it is early days for NHS 111 and this report is based on the first four pilot sites. There are now thirteen sites up and running and we expect to see NHS 111 have a greater impact as more areas go live.”
1.56pm The long awaited review of the first four NHS 111 pilots by Sheffield University’s School of Health and Related Research has been published. It concludes there is a “low probability of cost savings” to the wider urgent and emergency care system as a result of the introduction of the non-emergency telephone number and found an increase in demand for ambulance services in those areas. Story to follow soon.
1.32pm Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has called for a “culture of co-operation” across the health and social care systems, saying that too many people are “falling between the cracks”.
1.30pm The Department of Health has backed a pay rise for NHS staff next year despite NHS Employers arguing it is unaffordable and could damage patient care.
1.27pm Most GPs with shares in local Virgin Care provider companies have agreed to resign their financial stakes to remove potential conflicts of interest. See HSJ’s interview with the company’s chief executive Bart Johnson here.
1.20pm Privately-run Hinchingbrooke Healthcare Trust has negotiated a £4m cash advance on its service contract with its local primary care trust cluster to ease “cash flow issues” after posting a £4.1m in-year deficit.