• Review for children’s heart surgery plan
  • Warning over pathology shake-up delay
  • Bowel cancer diagnosis analysis
  • Department of Health Savile investigation

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4.40pm: We have also published an interesting story about a delay to the pathology reorganisation in the Midlands and East. Pathologists are complaining about the uncertainty created: Pathology shake-up delay ‘could damage services’

4.35pm: HSJ News story now live on the referral to the Independent Reconfiguration Panel - Hunt launches review of children’s heart surgery services

1.52pm: Meanwhile, Andrew Percy, Conservative MP for Brigg & Goole, has been appointed to the Commons health committee. He replaces Dr Dan Poulter, following his appointment as a minister. That was also highlighted by Patrick Leahy ‏(@paraic84).

1.47pm: The referral to the Independent Reconfiguration Panel follows huge controversy and legal challenges to the proposed reconfiguration of paediatric cardiac services.

1.47pm: Patrick Leahy ‏(@paraic84), a head of public affairs for a healthcare organisation, tweets: “The Secretary of State has referred the review of children’s heart services to Indendent Reconfiguration Panel: http://bit.ly/X0z7dM”

10.13am: NHS pay should be increased to tackle the effect of rising inflation and falling morale among the workforce, according to NHS unions.

As previously reported by HSJ, a survey submited as evidence to the Pay Review Body by the NHS Staff Side, shows a third of 34,000 staff have considered leaving their job. Two thirds say morale is worse than a year ago. The evidence is published today.

9.34am: The appointment of Sir Jimmy Savile to lead a taskforce at Broadmoor hospital in 1988 is being investigated by the Department of Health. The Sunday Telegraph and BBC have this weekend reported on the investigation, and the comments of Edwina Currie, who is reported to have appointed him to the role.

9.30am: Analysis of information from the National Bowel Cancer Audit, published by the NHS Information Centre today, shows about a quarter of cases are only diagnosed after an emergency admission to hospital. It equates to about 8,000 out of 31,000 patients admitted in a 12 month period. Information from the audit has been combined with hospital data (hospital episode statistics) for the first time.