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2.20pm: The NHS Trust Development Authority has published planning guidance for NHS trust boards setting out what is expected of them in 2013-14. The document reveals the NTDA has set up a 50-strong clinical and quality team to work alongside finance, performance and communications teams. NTDA chief executive David Flory said: “We know the challenges are greater for some NHS Trust Boards than others and that’s why in designing the NHS TDA we’ve been created teams that will support NHS Trusts to improve on key areas such as quality, business planning, communication and finance.

11.44am: The programme board overseeing a planned reconfiguration of services in Trafford, Manchester, has backed proposals for controversial changes to the services at Trafford General Hospital, it was announced yesterday. See HSJ’s story here.

11.38am: Monitor has also this morning removed two foundation trusts from significant breach of their terms of authorisation. These were James Paget University Hospitals and Gloucestershire Hospitals.

11.30am: Monitor has deferred foundation trust applications from the East of England Ambulance Service Trust and Leicestershire Partnership Trust because of quality concerns. See HSJ story here.

7.40am Good morning, today on HSJ Jess Boyer writes that hospital trusts should check their own internal processes before blaming social services for delayed discharge. “Steps in the discharge process are not followed through and as a result patients end up languishing in hospital beds,” he says.