Government recommends 1pc pay rise for NHS staff

2021-03-04T18:05:00+00:00By 3 comments

The government has recommended a headline 1 per cent pay increase for NHS staff next year.


Number of CCGs to be cut by a fifth next month

2021-03-04T13:16:00+00:00By 8 comments

More than a third of proposed “integrated care systems” will still contain more than one clinical commissioning group next year, analysis shows.

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Big cities and staff lag on vaccine uptake

2021-03-04T18:04:00+00:00By ,

Major urban areas are trailing in the vaccine rollout, with health systems covering London, Birmingham and Manchester reporting lower uptake than the rest of England, new NHS data reveals.

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NHS managers added to shortage occupation list

2021-03-04T17:05:00+00:00By 2 comments

NHS managers and directors are among the roles being added to the shortage occupation list, with most healthcare professionals now deemed to be in shortage in the UK.

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Supply of ultrasound gels suspended after bacteria outbreaks in multiple hospitals

2021-03-04T13:22:00+00:00By Alison Moore

NHS Supply Chain has suspended supplies of some ultrasound gels over concerns they might be connected with outbreaks of bacterial infections in multiple hospitals.

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Regulator reveals ‘concerns’ over Babylon’s ‘chatbot’

2021-03-04T13:30:00+00:00By 3 comments

A regulator has admitted “concerns” over the software Babylon Healthcare uses in one of its digital health solutions and is exploring how to address this.

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‘Severe risk’ of doctors cutting hours or retiring early after tax relief frozen

2021-03-04T05:57:00+00:00By 12 comments

Experts are warning of a ‘severe risk’ doctors may scale back their hours or retire early after the Budget delivered a “kick in the teeth” five-year tax relief freeze.

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NHS budget to fall by £9bn next year as covid funding is scaled back

2021-03-03T15:16:00+00:00By 3 comments

NHS England’s budget for 2021-22 will be cut by £9bn compared to the current year as the Treasury scales back its planned spending on the coronavirus pandemic.

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Former NHS chief executive to chair hospital trust

2021-03-03T14:00:00+00:00By 11 comments

Sir David Nicholson, former NHS England chief executive, has been appointed to chair a second acute trust in the Midlands, it has been announced.

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Exclusive: NHS in London asked to plan for ‘possible covid surge later in 2021’

2021-03-03T05:53:00+00:00By 14 comments

The NHS’s London regional team has told its integrated care systems to draw up plans for ‘another possible [covid-19] surge later in 2021’, HSJ has learned.


Royal College boss accuses major private provider of being ‘extremely uncooperative’ over training

2021-03-03T12:45:00+00:00By 4 comments

A royal college lead has accused parts of the private sector — naming Spire Healthcare in particular — of being “extremely uncooperative” in facilitating the training of young clinicians.

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NHSE targets ‘geographical variation’ in vaccine uptake

2021-03-03T12:51:00+00:00By 3 comments

Supply of the covid-19 vaccine is expected to leap to double the current rate in a week’s time, NHS England has said, requesting local systems to be ready.


Integrated care systems to be CQC-rated, says Hancock

2021-03-02T15:46:00+00:00By 18 comments

Health secretary Matt Hancock has said integrated care systems will be rated by the Care Quality Commission.

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NHSE overrules trust and orders second review into patient harms

2021-03-02T11:37:00+00:00By 7 comments

NHS England has ordered an independent review into patient safety and governance concerns at an acute trust which had been resisting calls to take this step, HSJ has learned.

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Trust with ‘suffocating prohibition on speaking plainly’ loses case against senior manager

2021-03-02T06:11:00+00:00By 16 comments

A tribunal has ruled a senior manager with a ‘blemish-free’ record was unfairly sacked, with the judge raising concerns about the trust’s ‘policing of language’.

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NHS starts digital transformation of high-volume specialty

2021-03-02T11:48:00+00:00By 1 comments

The NHS has taken its first step towards redesigning ophthalmology care pathways, which includes better connecting primary and secondary care, HSJ can reveal.

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Concerns raised over link between CQC ratings and ethnicity

2021-03-01T14:08:00+00:00By 5 comments

The Royal College of GPs has called for an independent review of the link between poor Care Quality Commission inspection ratings and the ethnicity of GP partners.