11.48am: The Department of Health has decided that primary care trust shareholdings in LIFT companies will go to Community Health Partnerships. PCTs currently have a 20 per cent share in assets built under the local improvement finance trust scheme, with CHP, a government owned company, holding a further 20 per cent. After PCTs are wound up at the end of 2012-13, PCT shares will go to CHP. NHS Property Services Ltd will assume responsibility for the day to day running of the PCT LIFT estate, under a service contract with CHP.
10.28am Details have emerged of how teams of medics are to be rated against each other in league tables. Patients will be able to see how well consultant-led surgical teams in hospitals across England are performing against each other.
10.22am Also, overnight, we reported how the government is going to cut training places for doctors.
10.19am We also had a story go up late yesterday that you may have missed:
We reported on the Commons health committee pre-appointment hearing for new Care Quality Commission chair David Prior. Mr Prior, currently chair of Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Trust, pledged to be “hands-on” and “visible” in the role.
7.02am: The RCN has learnt that there is significant variation in nurses being empowered to actually carry out advanced-level practice, despite being qualified to do so. The time taken by two healthcare professionals to treat a patient makes for an inefficient process, particularly when just one advanced nurse practitioner is more than competent to do the job, writes Peter Carter.
6:40am: Good morning, on HSJ today Ciarán Devane, chief executive, of Macmillan Cancer Support writes on fulfilling the NHS Mandate. “If I have a worry it is that in the rush, the patient-centredness we need will be lost with patients being tokenistically involved in their health and tokenistically represented in the debate”, he says.