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4pm: HSJ is seeking to celebrate the healthcare leaders of tomorrow -and influencers of today. As this year draws to a close, we will be identifying healthcare’s rising stars and want your nominations. We are looking for people who are making brave decisions to improve healthcare and shape its future. Full story here.

1.53pm: The mother of a four-year-old boy who died at a hospital accused of falsifying cancer care data has demanded “justice” for her son. The Care Quality Commission has recommended that Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust be placed under special measures after a recent unannounced inspection led to the regulator referring its findings to the police.

1.48pm: New on the site, an Opinion piece by Mike Birtwisle in which he responds to the drug pricing policy revealed yesterday.

1.45pm: The BMA’s GP committee has called for greater integration in primary care and the improvement urgent and out-of-hours services. A report, Developing General Practice: Providing Healthcare Solutions for theFuture, recommends that GPs work more with diagnostic, specialist care, community health and social care teams. It also suggests that practices collaborate to extend opening times across communities, or use technology such as Skype where face to face consultations are not possible.

1.31pm: Plenty of tweeting going on about the HSJ Top Innovators list, revealed last night. See more by searching #HSJinnovation

1.15pm: The Care Quality Commission has recommended that Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust be placed under special measures after a recent unannounced inspection led to the regulator referring its findings to the police.

1.05pm: Whistleblowing laws in NHS hospitals must change so staff can report their concerns with confidence, a union has said.

1pm: A central London foundation trust has announced plans to sell off land worth hundreds of millions of pounds. The Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Foundation Trust intends to sell off roughly half of its land in Chelsea, some of the most expensive property in the world.

12.50pm: New research is under way to identify people most at risk from cardiovascular disease and to find new treatments to protect them from heart attacks and strokes. Scientists are looking for molecules in the body that can be used to screen individuals and identify those at the highest risk. Video at

12.45pm: Patients, clinicians and other key stakeholders are being encouraged to give their views on the future of specialised health services, and how they are to be provided by the NHS over the next five years. NHS England is inviting patients, patient groups, commissioners,  clinicians and others to an event in London on 9 December. Email

11.33am: The BMA’s GP committee has set out its vision for “acoordinated, integrated and community based model of general practice that seeks to tackle the pressures facing primary care, as well as providing solutions to the wider challenges in the NHS”. Developing General Practice: Providing Healthcare Solutions for the Future calls for a new approach to delivering care across general practice in an environment defined by rising workload pressures and falling resources. 

11.25am: Our top story this morning is by James Illman. He writes that HSJ has produced the first national audit of progress made by the NHS’s academic health science networks amid suggestions that the new bodies could take on far more expansive roles than originally envisaged.

11.15am: The number of hospital admissions rose again last year, with the total level being nearly a third higher than that recorded a decade ago, data reveals. Health and Social Care Information Centre figures show hospital admissions rose from 11.4 million in 2002-03 to 15.1 million in 2012-13.

10.39am: A breakthrough in genetics - described as “jaw-dropping” by one Nobel scientist - has created intense excitement among DNA experts around the world who believe the discovery will transform their ability to edit the genomes of all living organisms, including humans, writes the Independent. Read it here.

10.23am: Scientists are looking for 100,000 volunteers prepared to have their DNA sequenced and published online for anyone to look at, says the BBC. The UK Personal Genome Project could provide a massive free tool for scientists to further understanding of disease and human genetics.

10.20am: The Mail writes that pressure will increase on public services as the number of people in the UK rises, with migration, particularly immigration from Eastern Europe cited as the main cause.

8.02am: Private and independent sector hospitals in the UK are moving further towards mixed provision, following a strong increase in NHS-funded surgical admissions in 2012 while private patient funding remained flat, say latest figures from LaingBuisson, which predicts a similar scenario for 2013.

7.55am: Further to the Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust story we’ve covered this week, the Telegraph reports that two junior clerical workers say they told NHS managers they were being ordered to falsify data so that it seemed patients were being treated far more quickly than was the case.

7.45am: Zoe Williams in the Guardian reviews last night’s C4 programme The Cruel Cut, saying it was powerful stuff but a shame the makers decided to pull some “stunts” to unnecessarily try to liven things up.

7.35am: Also new on the site is an Opinion piece by Andrew Taylor. He says that over the past couple of years, there has been a spirited debate about whether price competition should be allowed in health and whether NHS trusts should be the preferred providers of services. Read it here.

7.25am: Good morning and welcome to HSJ Live, which is updated throughout the day with everything that’s happening on and the health world.

New on the site today, HSJ unveils its inaugural Top Innovators list. Medics, thinkers, policy makers and managers are among the names on the first ever list, which was revealed last night at an event in central London. Find out who they are here, and catch up with our Innovation Week here.

On the subject of innovation, Jill Russell and colleagues say that research and innovation should be important priorities for CCGs, and they explain the processes that can be put in place to help groups achieve them.