Election Battle 2010

News on the parties' NHS policies

Election 2010: a candidate watchlist for the NHS

Election 2010: a candidate watchlist for the NHS

The incoming and outgoing MPs that matter to the health service

Election 2010: constituencies to watch

Election 2010: constituency watchlist for the NHS

Election outcomes in these areas could have significant implications for local NHS services

Mike O'Brien

Gone but not forgotten - the Labour health team

What people are saying about departing health ministers Ann Keen, Gillian Merron, Mike O’Brien and Phil Hope

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Health minister appointed Brexit secretary

Minister of state for health Steve Barclay has been appointed Brexit secretary today, in the wake of a string of resignations to hit the government as Theresa May unveiled her Brexit withdrawl deal with the European Union.

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Government hits back in clinical waste row

The government has hit back at claims that there is not enough incineration capacity to burn waste from NHS hospitals - accusing the company at the centre of a stockpiling scandal of refusing to pay disposal costs.

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Labour calls on minister to 'correct record' over waste incineration capacity

Labour has called on the government to explain why it “apparently contradicted” NHS and Environment Agency officials’ concerns over the capacity of incinerators to burn clinical waste.

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Prime Minister announces new cancer strategy

The prime minister has announced a new cancer strategy for the NHS that will see patients diagnosed and treated faster to improve cancer survival rates.

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Hancock: Genomics project to sequence one million genomes

Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock has announced an expansion of the 100,000 genomes project, saying the NHS will sequence one million genomes within five years.

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Hancock to announce £240m for social care

Matt Hancock is set to announce an additional £240m of social care funding to help meet demand this winter.


Labour plans safe staffing amendments to healthcare safety bill

Labour have threatened to table amendments to the government’s Healthcare Safety Bill if ministers fail to take action on three areas of patient safety in the NHS 10 year plan.

Matthew Hancock

New health secretary calls out NHS leadership for lack of diversity

The new health and social care secretary will use his first speech to call out the NHS leadership’s lack of diversity, pointing out only five NHS chief executives are from a BME background.

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Social care green paper will not be 'panacea'

The social care green paper will not be a “panacea” for chronic problems in the system, is likely to propose only minor legislative change, and be based on the assumption that limited sums of new money are available.

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Social care and safety ‘vital’ for new health secretary - Stevens

Securing a social care funding deal and patient safety should be priorities for the new health secretary, Simon Stevens indicated in an interview with HSJ.

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Stevens outlines new funding commitments to MPs

Funding from the NHS’s new settlement will be “earmarked” for cancer programmes including prostate, lung and colorectal cancer, the NHS England chief executive told MPs today.

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Theresa May: Top NHS leaders ‘waste too much time' on bureaucracy

The prime minister has said “the most outstanding NHS leaders” face “competing incentives”, excessive “negotiations”, “templates that seem to put process ahead of patients”, and waste “too much time on reporting”.

Jeremy hunt

Exclusive: Hunt pushes for big cancer pledge in new NHS plan

Jeremy Hunt wants an ambitious cancer pledge to be a core plank of the government’s new NHS plan, with senior figures pushing for the service’s £7.5bn cancer budget to be doubled over the longer term, HSJ understands.

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Government could scrap 'NHS England ringfence' in long term plan

Ministers could scrap the “ringfence” around the NHS England budget to include other arm’s length bodies as part of the government’s long term funding plan, HSJ has been told.

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'Substantive' review of junior doctors' contract to go ahead

A review of the terms and conditions of the controversial junior doctors’ contract, which led to nationwide strike action will start in August, HSJ understands.


Regulator says 50 trusts can boost cash from overseas patients

NHS bosses have launched a new programme to help boost the amount of cash recovered from treating foreign visitors.

holly lynch

Bill to protect staff from assault 'sends message' to employers, says MP

The bill to protect healthcare and emergency services workers from assault will “send a message to employers” to take incidents more seriously, one of the MPs behind it has told HSJ.

Paul Burstow

Green paper advisers lay down challenge on social care reform

Local and national government must engage further in the debate over “difficult” options for establishing sustainable settlement for social care and help secure radical reform of the system, according to two government advisors on the forthcoming green paper.


MPs criticise 'entirely inappropriate' sharing of patient data with Home Office

MPs have warned the government is leaving the door open to widespread sharing of patients’ confidential details beyond the NHS without their consent or knowledge.

Theresa May

Government promises long term NHS plan this year

The Prime Minister has said the government will reveal a new “sustainable long term plan” for the NHS over the next year, which will be backed by a ”a multiyear funding settlement”.

Jeremy hunt

Hunt hints at backing for NHS tax rise

Health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt has hinted at possible government support for tax rises to fund the NHS, and called for a long-term funding settlement.


'Vulnerable patients' face ongoing caps to care funding

Commissioners have been allowed to continue applying cost caps to the more than £3bn of NHS Continuing Healthcare claims as long as they follow new new government rules.


Flagship cancer fund underspent amid uncertainty over its future

NHS England’s flagship cancer drugs fund had spent just over a quarter of its budget halfway through this financial year, amid questions over its long term future.

Toby lewis

Carillion collapse: Trust chief 'optimistic' new builder will be found for £350m hospital

The chief executive of a trust building a new £350m hospital is “cautiously optimistic” that a new builder can be found soon to complete the construction after the liquidation of Carillion.

Jeremy Hunt

Reshuffle: Hunt confirmed as health and social care secretary

Jeremy Hunt has been reappointed to the cabinet, under the new title of secretary for health and social care, in prime minister Theresa May’s reshuffle this afternoon.

Jeremy Hunt

Exclusive: Internal market and FT 'islands' hamper safe care, says Hunt

The NHS internal market and the independence of foundation trusts are hampering efforts to deliver standardised safe care, the health secretary has said.


Health secretary reveals ambitions for pay reform

More than 1 million NHS staff could have their basic pay increased but have weekend and nightshift pay cut as part of Agenda for Change reforms.

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No funding cuts this year for missing DTOC targets

Councils that failed to meet nationally imposed targets for reducing delayed transfers of care by September will not face any financial sanctions in 2017-18, but could see an impact on their funding next year, NHS England has confirmed.

Niall Dickson

Confed: 'Precarious' NHS needs extra £4bn just to sustain services

The health service needs a minimum of £4bn additional revenue just to sustain day to day services, the NHS Confederation has warned.

Simon Wessely

Theresa May names lead to review Mental Health Act

The prime minister has announced the former president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists will lead an independent review of the Mental Health Act.

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NHS workers to get first refusal on affordable homes

Plans to give health workers first refusal on affordable housing built on surplus NHS land have been welcomed by sector representatives.

Jeremy Hunt

Hunt plans 25 per cent increase in student nursing placements

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt will today outline plans to create an extra 5,000 training posts for student nurses from next year, an increase of 25 per cent.

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Revealed: How much NHS trusts made from land sales

Sales of land or physical assets by NHS trusts generated cash receipts of £220m in 2016-17.

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Labour calls for £500m 'winter bailout fund'

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth will call on the government to provide a £500m “winter bailout fund” for health and care services.

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Updated: Labour would bring PFI contracts 'back into the NHS'

A Labour government would “bring” private finance initiative contracts “back in house”, the shadow chancellor has announced.

Jon rouse

Exclusive: Government's capital funding regime is like 'driving in fog'

The leader of Greater Manchester’s devolution team has called for more clarity over NHS capital funding, saying the government’s current regime is like “driving into fog”.

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Brexit: Government must pay for impact on NHS, alliance warns

The government must pay for any financial impact of Brexit on the NHS, a former top civil servant has said, warning of risks to the UK economy if costs spiral without extra funding.

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NHS England plans national 'core software' deal to patch cyber holes

NHS England will seek substantial new capital funding for cybersecurity in the wake on the WannaCry ransonware attack, Matthew Swindells has revealed.


Government to review pay restraint policy

The government is to review the 1 per cent cap on public sector pay increases, according to several reports this afternoon.


Richards: Good leaders and staff engagement improve care despite pay restraint

Sir Mike Richards has said NHS staff “need to be properly rewarded”, but that quality improvement and “cultural change” can happen quickly under good leadership and staff engagement.