Farrar says third of acute services not required and the rest of the day’s news

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  • Mental Health Act detentions increase
  • Farrar: third of acute services not needed
  • Soubry says government only making cuts to admin

3.53 Stuart Andrew MP tweets that he has secured a Westminster Hall debate next Tuesday on children’s heart surgery. A planned national reconfiguration of those services was referred to The debate “will be good opportunity to inform the new minister of the facts”, the Pudsey, Horsforth and Aireborough MP says. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt this week asked the Independent Reconfiguration Panel to review a decision to close some centres. Mr Andrew’s constituency is close to Leeds General Infirmary, which the original review recommended should lose its children’s heart surgery unit.

3.37pm Earl Howe tells the Foundation Trust Network: “QIPP is probably here to stay”, as there is a “great deal of scope to make service more efficient.” And, ministers are “certainly not looking at co-payment” for NHS services. “We are not remotely in that territory.”

3.20pm More from Earl Howe’s speech to the Foundation Trust Network conference. Ben Clover tweets that the minister has said the secretary of state “will remain politically accountable for whole NHS, particularly when things go wrong and on divisive issues like reconfiguration.”

He has also said that the government would still support reconfigurations, as long as there was a proper clinical justification for them. Follow @benclover for more updates from the FTN conference.

3.15pm HSJ’s reporter for the acute sector, Ben Clover, is at the Foundation Trust Network conference this afternoon. He tweets that health minister Earl Howe has said he is “confident” that the NHS Trust Development Authority has “the grip and momentum” to make sure all but “a handful” of aspirant foundation trusts will make April 2014 deadline.

12.12pm HSJ has got hold of the Department of Health’s transition tracker - a series of documents that rates PCT cluster progress in setting up the new NHS structures. It shows a high level of confidence in the ability of clusters to establish the new system. A notable exception is setting up the direct commissioning functions of the NHS Commissioning Board - rated “amber” for a third of clusters. Also, London doesn’t seem to be faring too well. How’s your area doing? See for yourself - the whole thing is attached to this story under “related files”.

11am John Wilderspin is being lined up to run the Central Southern commissioning support unit, HSJ learns. Mr Wilderspin is currently national director for health and wellbeing board implementation for the Department of Health, and is a former primary care trust chief executive.

10.55am The latest in depth HSJ Local Briefing is now online. Written by Alison Moore, it examines performance failings in Cambridgeshire and reveals, among other things, that one local trust has ambitious plans for a private hospital, hotel and conference centre.

10.20am The number of Mental Health Act detentions and use of Community Treatment Orders increased during 2011-12, according to the NHS Information Centre. The number of detentions in NHS and independent hospitals reached 48,600 last year, an increase of 2,300, or 5 per cent on 2010-11. Figures also show the number of CTOs rose to 4,200 in 2011/12, an increase of 400 or 10 per cent, on the previous year. The data is available here.

10.15am The Telegraph has an exclusive comment from Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt this morning, on regulation around prosthetic implants. In it, he’s critical of European regulations and firms that are “determined to put profits before patients”. He says he’s working on ways to ensure surgeons get accurate and timely information on implants.

9.51am The government is not cutting NHS funding but “moving money around” to ensure it is better spent, according to health minister Anna Soubry. She said the last government wasted money on bureaucracy which ministers were determined to cut to ensure more is spent on frontline services for patients. 10.08am You can read Anna Soubry’s quotes in full here.

9.46am A third of acute services in the NHS are not needed, the NHS Confederation has said. Mike Farrar, chief executive of the body which represents all health service organisations, said that 30 per cent of patients treated in acute care could be treated elsewhere in the health service.