3.05pm: Responding to HSJ’s story on the Friends and Family test being restricted to hospitals Labour’s deputy leader in the House of Lords tweeted: @LordPhilofBrum: Disappointing that DH doesn’t support rolling out friends and family test to primary care. Big missed opportunity.
3.00pm: Health Education England chief executive Ian Cumming is returning to his former West Midlands patch this Saturday.
He tweeted today: @hee_ian: Looking forward to a night shift on the road with Dr Anthony Marsh, CEO of West Midlands Ambulance Service on Saturday.
2.43pm: Consultant paediatric surgeon Edwin Jesudason is to take Alder Hey Children’s Foundation Trust to the High Court next month amid claims he is being victimised for whistleblowing in 2009.
Mr Jesudason is at risk of being dismissed by the Liverpool Trust after colleagues said they could no longer work with him in January this year. He has been on secondment in the USA since 2010. Details are available here.
2.29pm: The Daily Mail has reported on the health secretary’s consideration of reintroducing “star ratings” for hospital quality. He is expected to announce a review of systems of reporting quality and safety tomorrow.
2.28pm: The NHS Commissioning Board has published the latest iteration of its regular bulletin for CCGs, including an update from Dame Barbara Hakin.
2.26pm: We have published an in depth analysis Briefing of the NHS111 urgent care number - including an observation from one of its leading proponents that it will generate inappropriate care referrals for some time.
2.25pm: HSJ has published a story on the latest development on the “friends and family test” initiative. A DH impact assessment suggests it is suitable for most healthcare providers, but not for GP practices.
9.51am: On LinkedIn today, we are looking at the future of CCGs and ways to optimise CCG commissioning leadership. GP challenges still include increased work load in primary care; changes in workforce demography, significant development needs, unclear career paths and shortfall in future GP numbers. Join the debate from 12pm
9.48am: Good morning, Greater environmental responsibility will have a significant impact for NHS buildings, their design, how they run and what this means in terms of the type and nature of provision provided. Lubna Haq continues his look ahead to 2030 and the factors likely to influence the leaders of tomorrow.