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


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.

Frenchay Hospital

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.

Sherwood Forest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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.

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Tories will target NHS weekend discharge rates

New targets for NHS trusts to discharge emergency admissions “at a similar” rate at weekends as on weekdays will be a key priority if the party wins the general election, a senior party source has told HSJ.

Household patients

Conservatives: CQC given bigger role in social care and discharges

The Conservative party has pledged in today’s manifesto to “extend the scope” of the Care Quality Commission to further regulate the “health related services” of local authorities.

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Labour softens stance on STPs in its final election manifesto

Labour has softened two of its key manifesto pledges relating to sustainability and transformation plans, watering down the involvement of patients in rewriting them and suggesting the process will be reviewed, rather than simply stopped.

Jeremy Corbyn

Labour plans new NHS regulator, leaked manifesto reveals

A Labour government would create a new “safety and excellence regulator” to oversee a revised process for regional reconfiguration of the NHS, a draft of the party’s election manifesto says.

Jon Ashworth

Labour pledges moratorium on 'disgraceful' STPs

Labour will announce an immediate moratorium on sustainability and transformation plans if the party wins the general election, with shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth vowing to review proposals in all 44 areas.

Jon Ashworth

Election 2017: Labour pledges 'new law' for NHS safe staffing

Labour has promised to “legislate for safe staffing” in the NHS if it wins the upcoming general election.

European Parliament

Brexit: What does article 50 mean for the NHS?

Theresa May is expected to write to EU leaders today to trigger article 50 of the Lisbon treaty – and begin the process of removing the UK from the European Union.

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Budget 2017: What to look out for in health and care

Chancellor Philip Hammond has warned there will be no “spending sprees” in Wednesday’s budget, but there are several areas in which the government may look to support the NHS

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Hunt: Health and care need 'greater share of resources'

Jeremy Hunt has said a “greater share of our national resources” will need to be spent on health and social care, and defended the country’s “tax payer funded” health system.


What does Brexit mean for NHS funding?

The vote for Brexit and the economic and political turbulence that attends it have ushered in a period of huge risk and uncertainty for NHS finances, HSJ has been told.


Dorrell warns health and care service will need more cash

The health and social care system will likely require more money over the next four years than was allocated in the comprehensive spending review, former Conservative health secretary Stephen Dorrell has suggested.

Simon Stevens

NHS England denies government pressure over £8bn funding call

NHS England has denied it was “leaned on” by government to reduce its request for NHS funding growth.

Robert Wachter

Profile: Bob Wachter, the digital doctor and NHS devotee

Bob Wachter is professor and interim chair of the department of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

Jeremy Hunt

Hunt says £1.8bn will be spent on 'paper free NHS'

The health secretary has indicated he is increasing the amount of funding allocated for moving to a paperless at the point of care NHS by 2020.


BMA cancels strike as government suspends imposition threat

The British Medical Association has suspended strike action planned for tomorrow by junior doctors, in response to a deal with the government to re-start negotiations over a new contract.

George Osborne

Spending review 2015: What to expect for health

HSJ sets out key issues the NHS should track in next week’s spending review announcement


DH unable to reveal extent of pay cut for doctors needing pay protection

The Department of Health has been unable to say what the average pay cut might be for junior doctors who need pay protection to maintain their earnings under a new proposed contract.

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MPs consider powers to transfer NHS functions in 'radical' devolution bill

MPs will next week consider “radical” plans to give ministers wide ranging new powers to transfer NHS functions, funding and assets to councils.

Alastair Burt

Exclusive: 'More control' will drive GPs to new contract, says minister

The main incentive for GPs to switch to the government’s proposed new ‘voluntary contract’ will be to gain more control over their work and more time to see patients, health minister Alistair Burt has told HSJ.

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Exclusive: Majority of A&E departments fail liaison psychiatry standards

Almost three-quarters of England’s liaison psychiatry services in hospital emergency departments are rated substandard, HSJ has learned.


Hunt to outline vision for NHS in HSJ lecture tonight

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt will expand on his long term vision for the health service tonight at the second HSJ annual lecture.