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The 21 questions the NHS must answer this year

2016 is one of the NHS’s rare ‘years of opportunity’. These questions will determine whether it is a success or failure.


News and analysis

NHS planning 2016-17


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Surgery equipment surgeon theatre

Access to billions in transformation funding tied to quality of ‘system leadership’

NHS organisations’ access to billions of pounds worth of transformation funding from April 2017 will hinge on the quality of the “health system sustainability and transformation plans” they agree with local counterparts over the next six months, according to national guidance published today.

NHS told to achieve nine ‘must dos’ during 2016-17

Every local health system has been issued with nine essential priorities that have to be achieved during 2016-17 along with a specific ambition linked to the delivery of seven day services.


Health Education England reveals plan to deliver 80,000 additional NHS staff

More than 80,000 additional healthcare staff will be trained to work in the NHS over the next five years, according to newly published plans by Health Education England.

Finance and commerce

Exclusive: Carter savings estimates based on discredited data

Headline savings estimates sent to hospital trusts as part of Lord Carter’s review into NHS efficiency are based purely on contentious reference costs data,  HSJ has established. Plus: trusts’ estimated savings potential

NHS England to commission probe into £800m contract collapse

NHS England is to commission an investigation into the dramatic collapse of an £800m flagship NHS contract in Cambridgeshire, HSJ has learned.

Primary care and commissioning


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Surgery injection treatment

GP groups cover most of England but ‘lack ambition and priorities’

Four fifths of clinical commissioning groups have at least one large scale GP provider group in their area, according to information collected by HSJ.

Deadline for CSU independence could be scrapped

NHS England has proposed to scrap its deadline for commissioning support units to become independent, HSJ has learned.

Quality and performance

Trusts told to shift elective capacity to A&E

Commissioners have been asked not to financially penalise hospital trusts for cancelling elective procedures over winter, with providers ordered to increase bed capacity by 20 per cent, HSJ can reveal.

Top nurse appointed national whistleblowers guardian

Dame Eileen Sills, the chief nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust, has been appointed by the Care Quality Commission as the first national guardian for NHS whistleblowers.

Trusts required to self-assess avoidable mortality

Trusts will have to carry out a self-assessment of avoidable mortality to help create a new organisation level “avoidable deaths” figure.


A model to put the NHS right?

A workable business model underpinning a great social model is what the NHS needs to avoid serious failure. By Jan Filochowski.

How to blow the socks off regulators

A full draft operational plan by 8 February? Certainly, sir. Would you prefer the sums to be wrong, or the method unrealistic?

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Sharmila chowdhury

Sharmila Chowdhury

An open letter to Jeremy Hunt from a whistleblower

Sharmila Chowdhury appeals to the health secretary to resolve the injustices faced by many people who have dared to speak out.

Plus: catch up on End Game

HSJ Knowledge

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How a new administrative role is helping improve patient care

University Hospital Southampton Foundation Trust is the first in the UK to create an entirely new administrative role so that junior doctors can focus more on their clinical duties, write Dr Juliane Kause and colleagues.

Quality and finance must unite in the war on variation

Bringing together the quality and finance agendas is important to reduce conflict of interests within NHS organisations. 

The whole systems approach to integrating urgent and emergency care

The many pressures on the NHS mean that merging services is essential - so what will it look like for urgent and emergency care