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  • Monitor to have ‘chief medical officer’
  • David Bennett appointed to permanent chief exec role at Monitor from Thursday
  • Unions agree Agenda for Change plan
  • Lamb plans social care costs cap by 2015

17:05 Monitor chief executive David Bennett told the House of Commons Health Select Committee that the regulator would be recruiting a chief medical officer to provide more of a clinical input to decisions. He told MPs it would not be a board role.

13.13 Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced plans for a taskforce to improve safety of surgery after it emerged more than 80 per cent of never events during 2011-12 occurred in operating theatres.

13.07 Our story on David Bennett’s appointment to the substantive chief executive role at Monitor is now up. Follow @benclover on Twitter to see how Monitor is or isn’t like an “octopus” (tweets from House of Commons Health Committee)

12.46pm National talks on changes to NHS workers’ pay and terms and conditions could be close to a deal, HSJ has learnt.

12.04pm The care minister has promised a “significant breakthrough” in the government’s plan to introduce a cap on social care costs by 2015. Norman Lamb outlined the timescale for introducing the key Dilnot commission proposal at a private meeting with councillors at the National Children’s and Adults’ Services Conference in Eastbourne last week.