4.11pm Former health committee chair Stephen Dorell tells The Spectator that the NHS has plenty it can sell abroad, it has a lot to learn from other countries too.
2.36pm Three decades after Roy Griffiths’ report heralded the end of “consensus management” in the NHS, collaborative leadership is making a comeback, argues Pete Thomond, managing director of Clever Together.
1.37pm National Association of Primary Care welcomes ‘comprehensive’ Friends and Family Guidance
Dr Charles Alessi, Chairman of the National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) said: “The National Association of Primary Care will be supporting colleagues in General Practice with the implementation of the NHS Friends and Family Tests and welcomes the comprehensive guidance published today by NHS England.”
1.16pm A local authority looks set to abandon its lengthy fight over the loss of hospital maternity services after a barrister warned it had little chance of successful legal action.
Richmondshire District Council has fought a long campaign against a plan by Hambleton, Whitby and Richmondshire Clinical Commissioning Group to close a consultant led maternity service at the local Friarage Hospital.
1.12pm NHS England is to change how the friends and family test is implemented and presented after a major review concluded it cannot be used as a “single measure” for the quality of care across the health service as originally intended.
The review - published a year on from when the test was rolled out nationally - found the new metric was “widely misunderstood” by staff and the public, and raised concerns about the data being “gamed”.
11.28am After the Griffiths report, doctors withdrew from the leadership process, feeling outnumbered and out of place talking about money, while general managers adopted a degree of arrogance. It is ironic we are now looking for ways to put systems back together, writes Gill Morgan.
Dame Gill Morgan is chair of the Foundation Trust Network, and a member of the HSJ Future of NHS Leadership Inquiry
11.15am The Daily Telegraph reports that patients’ use of social media is driving a big increase in complaints to the General Medical Council, with cases doubling in five years.
A study by the Peninsula Medical School at Plymouth found a combination of factors behind the increase in complaints, including the use of social media by patients to discuss their treatment and easily exchange information on how to complain.
Also in The Telegraph, hundreds of British couples are having fertility treatment in America to select the sex of their child, a leading doctor has said.
Dr Daniel Potter, who runs a fertility clinic in America, treats 10 patients from the UK a month who want to have IVF treatment to select the gender of the baby.
Eight in ten couples from Britain are choosing to have a girl, he said.
The paper also reports that the government is unfairly penalising hospitals battling against MRSA, scientists have said.
In the late 1990s, financial penalties were introduced to punish hospitals if a number of patients contracted the bug. This appeared to have a positive effect, with statistics showing an 87 per cent drop in cases of MRSA between 2001 and 2013.
But scientists from Cambridge University have claimed the policy may now be doing more harm than good and warned the disease may be “impossible” to eradicate.
11.10am A story from over the weekend, the Times reported that GP surgeries should open at the weekend just as supermarkets do, according to the former Marks & Spencer chief brought in by ministers to review the NHS leadership.
Sir Stuart Rose said shop workers expected to work weekends regularly and family doctors needed to do the same, drawing a sharp rebuke from doctors’ leaders, who insisted it was a myth that GPs worked only from 9am to 5pm.
11.06am The chief executive of the West Midlands and East of England ambulance services has been criticised after seeing his annual pay rise by £50,000, the BBC reports.
Dr Anthony Marsh took on the East of England role in January and splits his week between the two services.
His combined salary is now more than £232,000, prompting MP Tom Watson to ask if he was “the highest paid public servant you’ve never heard of”.
The ambulance services said Dr Marsh represented a good deal for taxpayers.
10.39am NHS England has published a review of the friends and family test and fresh guidance for trusts. More to follow shortly.
10.24am Thirty years after the Griffiths report heralded a change in managerial culture in the NHS, healthcare leaders face a new set of challenges, writes Richard Lewis, partner and leader at EY’s healthcare advisory practice.
10.17am The NHS Confederation comments on the launch of the 2015-16 national tariff consultation.
NHS Confederation chief executive Rob Webster said: “How the NHS spends money on individual patients, local communities and their health needs is almost as [important as] how much it spends. That’s why it is vital we see rapid reform of the NHS payment system to enable us to reshape and improve care.
“Payment mechanisms that perpetuate the status quo will not support the kind of transformation we need to deliver the scale of change that will address the 2015 Challenge. We need to develop mechanisms that support delivery of integrated services and which reward outcome rather than outputs.
“Monitor’s commitment to comprehensive stakeholder engagement as it develops the 2015-16 national tariff is particularly welcome. The NHS Confederation will be making the most of its unique position as the only body representing all parts of the health service to ensure the needs and views of all sectors shape the tariff for next year.”
10.10am A cash strapped clinical commissioning group has proposed significantly restricting access to fertility services to help halt its fall even further into the red.
Mid Essex CCG is considering limiting specialist fertility services to HIV positive men and cancer patients.
The CCG expects deficits to grow from £9.1m last year to £15.7m in 2014-15, even if it hits a £8m savings target. It estimates the proposed restriction could save £550,000 a year.
10.08am A health minister who accused NHS organisations of “shunting” mentally ill children into specialist inpatient care for financial reasons has backed proposals proposed changes to the commissioning of mental health services.
Care & Support Minister, Norman Lamb said: “I am absolutely determined to make sure there is equality between mental and physical health. These proposals show encouraging progress towards payment systems for mental health that reward great results for patients and ensure that mental health is treated equally to physical health. This will drive up standards in mental health by making sure the money goes where it is needed to give patients the best possible care.”
HSJ reported comments made last week by Mr Lamb following the publication last week of a report by NHS England into the future of inpatient and specialist child and adolescent mental health services. The report, which commits NHS England to investing in up to 50 more beds and carrying out a further review, follows widespread concern about the way the services have been commissioned.
9.35am The rise in the use of social media has contributed to a doubling of complaints against doctors in five years, it is reported.
Negative press coverage and a decline in “deference” towards them from patients has also led to the soaring number of complaints, which rose from 5,168 in 2007 to 10,347 in 2012.
The General Medical Council, which regulates all doctors in the UK, commissioned researchers from Plymouth University to investigate the rise, and the GMC said there was no evidence of falling standards across the profession.
9.28am The Times reports that a nurse at a top children’s hospital has been struck off after he was jailed for sexual offences against children, including grooming and abusing a teenage girl he met on the internet.
Graeme Gordon, 36, was a nurse at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, when he took a 14-year-old girl to a hotel, spent the night with her and sexually abused her.
A disciplinary hearing was told how he had been a nurse for nine years until his arrest last August. He was sacked by Brighton and Sussex University NHS Trust immediately after his arrest.
9.25am Looking to this morning’s papers, The Guardian reports on plans to train doctors, social workers and teachers on how to identify and support girls who might be at risk of female genital mutilation.
The measures will be presented by Nick Clegg at the Girl Summit tomorrow.
The deputy prime minister will say: “We’re currently failing thousands of girls and must act now to help put a stop to FGM.
“Central to tackling it are the doctors, nurses, teachers and legal professionals who need to be equipped to identify and support young women and girls at risk of FGM.
“They agree that, without the right knowledge, skills and experience, people feel like they don’t have the cultural understanding and authority to even talk about this practice honestly, never mind intervene when they’re worried someone is vulnerable.”
8.30am Good morning and welcome to HSJ Live.
Following three decades of healthcare management change in the wake of the milestone Griffiths report, it is time to reflect on past reforms and future leadership challenges.