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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Exclusive: Labour will be ‘pragmatic’ on private outsourcing

Labour’s prospective health secretary says he will be a “pragmatist” when it comes to routine NHS operations being outsourced to private hospitals.

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Labour voices ‘respect’ for NHS chief Simon Stevens

Labour’s leadership says it has a “very good relationship” with NHS England’s chief executive Simon Stevens, and has highlighted his record working for the party during Tony Blair’s government.

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NHS Brexit chief: Preparations for no deal must continue

The NHS will continue its no-deal Brexit preparations despite ministers standing down cross-government planning for crashing out of the EU.

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New Brexit plan worse for NHS than May’s deal, experts warn

The NHS will be exposed to more risk by the government’s latest Brexit deal than by Theresa May’s original agreement, health service experts and lobby groups have told HSJ.

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New laws planned on patient safety and medicines

Boris Johnson’s government has proposed to create a new patient safety regulator with statutory powers, and deregulation of medicines and devices.

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Updated: 60,000 staff fall under potential post-Brexit migration salary cap

More than 60,000 NHS workers from overseas would fall under an increased immigration salary threshold which has been proposed to government, an analysis by HSJ has revealed.

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Ministers confirm ban on some drug exports ahead of Brexit deadline

Ministers have confirmed plans for a ban on the export of certain medicines, starting with a group of 24 drugs including 19 hormone replacement therapy treatments, ahead of the no-deal Brexit deadline at the end of this month.

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National living wage rise to cost NHS millions

Trusts are set to face additional salary costs of millions of pounds as a result of the government’s plan to raise the national living wage, HSJ has learned.

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New burdens could wipe out public health grant uplift

New significant public health burdens could be imposed on councils, wiping out a promised real-terms increase in the public health grant next year.

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Mapped: The hospital builds in PM’s pledge

The trusts which will benefit from a share of £2.7bn to rebuild hospitals, or £100m to develop business cases for future schemes, announced by the prime minister today.

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Government promises £3bn hospital building programme

The government has announced a £3bn capital investment plan to rebuild hospitals and replace diagnostic equipment.

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Corbyn vows to create state-run drug company and seize patent rights

Jeremy Corbyn says a Labour government would create a state-run pharmaceutical company to make generic versions of drugs the NHS cannot afford.

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Labour: ‘No chance’ of government passing NHSE’s legislation

The government “has got no chance of getting” NHS legislation – as proposed by NHS England – through Parliament, the shadow health secretary has said.

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Queen’s Speech may include new powers for fining trusts

The Queen’s Speech could cover new patient safety legislation, including giving the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch extensive new powers, such as the ability to fine trusts and seize equipment.

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Exclusive: NHS chiefs want latest no-deal plans from government

NHS chiefs have urged ministers to publish their up-to-date plans for a no-deal Brexit, in the wake of the release of Project Yellowhammer documents.

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Fears no-deal Brexit’s drugs stockpile could be sold off

Fresh concerns have been raised that drugs stockpiled for a no-deal Brexit could be sold off before the 31 October deadline unless ministers intervene.

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Government’s new training funding ‘not enough’

The chancellor today confirmed a real terms increase in the NHS education and training budget next year – but was warned this is “not enough to tackle the workforce crisis”.

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Government pledges £1,000 ‘personal development budgets’ for NHS

The chancellor has promised an increase in planned spending on NHS staff development, which he says will pay for £1,000 “personal development budgets” for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.

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Trust resorts to piecemeal approach to 'position itself well' for capital funding bid

A teaching trust is considering slicing its £367m capital bid into a series of smaller projects in an attempt to “position itself well” for the next wave of government allocations.

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PM’s new health adviser says ‘ill-equipped’ NHS does not need ‘more money’

The prime minister’s new senior healthcare policy adviser believes that “more money is not the solution” to transforming the “hopelessly ill-equipped” NHS from “the monolith we have today”.

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Steep rise in summer A&E admissions amid record attendances

Admissions at major NHS emergency departments have risen six per cent in 12 months as total attendances hit 2.27m last month - the highest level since records began in 2010.

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Reality TV star and Hunt’s former aide appointed junior health ministers

Two new junior ministers, including one covering mental health, have been appointed to the Department of Health and Social Care.

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New health minister appointed

A new minister of state for health has been appointed, as prime minister Boris Johnson continued his government reshuffle yesterday.

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Hancock remains health secretary

The new prime minister has kept Matt Hancock as health and social care secretary despite making major changes to the rest of the Cabinet.

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Boris Johnson names ‘hospital upgrades’ as early priority

The new prime minister has made “hospital upgrades” a focus in his first speech as prime minister and ”ensuring the money for the NHS really does get the frontline”.

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Junior doctors vote in favour of new contract deal

Junior doctor members of the British Medical Association have voted in favour of changes secured to their contract deal, ending the long-running dispute with the NHS.

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BMA: Cut your workload for a higher pension

Consultants have been advised by the British Medical Association that they could obtain a significantly higher pension by cutting their hours.

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Pay deal row erupts between government and NHS England

A row has broken out between the government and NHS England over £50m funding for NHS staff pay.

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PM’s aide appointed as public health minister

One of Theresa May’s closest aides has been appointed as health minister for public health and primary care.

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EU healthcare qualifications to be recognised after no-deal Brexit

EU workers will have their qualifications and registrations recognised whether the UK leaves the EU with or without a deal, the health and social care secretary has announced.

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Government admits pensions policy a ‘disincentive’ to take on extra work

The public sector pensions policy is acting as a “disincentive” for senior clinicians to take on additional work, a health minister said in a Parliamentary debate today.

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Labour to green-light all NHS visas

The Labour party would ensure work visas for anyone who has a job offer in the NHS “at whatever level”, shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth announced today.

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New immigration laws could slash EU recruits by a quarter

New immigration laws proposed by the government could cut the number of EU healthcare professionals coming to work in the UK by more than 25 per cent, according to the government’s analysis.

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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.

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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.