Dalton urges move away from “national versus local priorities” and the rest of today’s news

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5.15pm Jeremy Hunt has defended the return of nearly £3bn Department of Health funding to the Treasury in the past two years. See Dave West’s story to find out what Mr Hunt told the NHS Alliance conference.

3.27pm Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust has been named as the best in the country in eight key areas of the Care Quality Commission’s survey of community mental health service users.

The trust turned around its record of patient experience by listening to people’s experiences and improving services.

Patrick Cahoon, head of patient experience at Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust, says: “We now involve our patients in everything we do, including helping to choose our new chief executive.”

2.53pm Private healthcare provider Circle has appointed Anthony Bromovsky, a former director of healthcare company BHE, as a non-executive director with immediate effect.

2.02pm Monitor chief executive David Bennett, speaking at the NHS Alliance conference today, said it will take “years” to design a new NHS pricing and payment system.

Meanwhile, the same story reveals how deputy NHS Commissioning Board chief Ian Dalton has urged the NHS to “move on from the debate about national versus local priorities”. He was speaking in advance of the launch of the NHS planning framework for 2013-14 next month.

11.10am Cold homes are costing the NHS in England £1.36bn every year in hospital and primary care due to their devastating impact on older people’s health, according to new analysis by Age UK.

10.16am Chief executive appointment news is expected today from North Middlesex University Hospital Trust and Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust

10.06am HSJ has revealed the results of its ground-breaking survey of NHS provider organisation chief executives’ views of their working culture. Read chiefs’ views on how they are forced to make short term solutions, often experience bullying and many plan to leave their jobs in our survey here.

10.04am Some bodies introduced in the NHS reforms have not considered the needs of dying people. Just 46 per cent of health and wellbeing boards with public strategies have considered the needs of people at the end of the lives, the National Council for Palliative Care said in a report.

10.02am Patients Association criticises the standard of NHS care with a launch of a report cataloguing 13 patients’ experiences of poor care.

10.01am Former Audit Commission chair Michael O’Higgins has been appointed to the same role at the NHS Confederation.