5.29pm: Paul Jenkins is leaving his post as head of Rethink Mental Illness after seven years to take up the role of chief executive at the Tavistock and Portman Foundation Trust.
5.15pm: Publication of the government’s mandate to NHS England has been delayed after the organisation’s chair revealed a “struggle” had been taking place to ensure the document did not become a government “shopping list”.
4.26pm: The Priory Group and South London and Maudsley Foundation Trust are among the biddersshortlisted to lead the delivery of mental health services in Bristol, it has been announced.
4.20pm: The chair of the British Medical Association’s GP committee has called for practices to “form network arrangements” and share staff to provide extended opening services and a “stronger community-based provision of care”.
4.15pm: UPDATED: The Office of Fair Trading has given merger control clearance for a pathology services joint venture between two London foundation trusts and a private sector provider.
3.16pm: Roger Clarke, director-general of the British Specialist Nutrition Association, has commented on the figures released by the Campaign for Better Hospital Food. “While we wholeheartedly support all initiatives to improve hospital food, we are disappointed to see that misleading claims are being made on the value of medical nutrition.
“The figures published by the Campaign for Better Hospital Food are comparing NHS expenditure on food ingredients in hospitals with the total expenditure on enteral nutrition, including tube feeds and oral nutritional supplements in the community. This is not an accurate measure as the figures are not comparable.”
1.34pm: 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.
1.28pm: A former chief nurse at scandal-hit Stafford Hospital has received a five year caution after being found guilty of exposing patients to danger. A Nursing and Midwifery Council fitness to practise panel ruled earlier this week that Jan Harry - now retired - had put patients at risk by not ensuring that there were adequate nursing staff on a number of wards at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust.
1.08pm: Jeremy Hunt is in line for a windfall worth more than £15m from a company sale that would propel him to the top of the Cabinet rich list. Sky News says that Hotcourses, an education listings service set up by Mr Hunt 17 years ago, is in detailed negotiations about being sold to Inflexion Private Equity, an investment firm, for about £35m. Read it here.
1pm: The NHS 111 data for September published today shows NHS 111 continues to provide a good service to the public and more people are getting access to the service. 93 percent of the population of England now have access to NHS 111. The data also shows that even more calls were answered promptly with 97.1 percent of callers answered within 60 seconds and of all calls offered only 0.7 percent were abandoned after waiting longer than 30 seconds.
12.08pm: A decision is expected from the Office of Fair Trading today on whether it will refer a pathology joint venture involving University College London Hospitals and the Royal Free London foundation trusts and a private firm to the Competition Commission. Former NHS Cooperation and Competition Panel director Andrew Taylor last month told HSJ it would be “surprising” if the joint venture was referred, as it involved only two trusts and had a limited impact on competition.
11.59am: Three commissioning support units have announced they have are considering a merger or a formal partnership arrangement. Kent and Medway CSU is in talks with the South London and North West London CSUs over options to work more closely together. Those options are broadly described as a “partnership” arrangement, an “alliance” between the three, or a full merger. Read David Williams’ story here and follow him on Twitter here.
11.53am: The family of a pensioner who spent four days begging for food and water after he was placed on a controversial end-of-life programme have accused a hospital of treating him “like a dog”, writes the Telegraph. The family of Ron Jee claim the 80-year-old was put on a programme similar to the Liverpool Care Pathway.
11.50am: From today’s Independent: a Government attempt to save salary-linked pensions could see private sector workers’ retirement funds eaten away by inflation and the loss of payments to the spouses of deceased policyholders, it was reported last night.
11.43am: Europe could be at risk from polio following a recent outbreak in Syria, infectious diseaseexperts say. In the Lancet journal, two doctors in Germany say the cases in Syria - which had been free of wild poliovirus since 1999 - could endanger nearby regions. BBC story here.
11.39am: From the Mail: a third of Brits who opt for cosmetic surgery such as boob jobs and face lifts now travel abroad to get it done on the cheap, according to a new study.
11.30am: Bosses should test their workers for alcohol abuse to help tackle Britain’s binge-boozing culture, a leading health campaigner has said. Don Shenker, director and founder of the Alcohol Health Network, said that employees should be offered a “self-awareness test” to show if they have a potential drink problem. Read the Express story.
11.23am: Maternity units are having to shut temporarily or turn away expectant mothers because NHS childbirth services have too few midwives and are struggling to cope with the ongoing baby boom, according to a hard-hitting official report. Read the Guardian story.
And the Guardian’s Health Professions Network offers a day in the life. Today it’s Mark Earthrowl, clinical director of forensic psychiatry in Norfolk. Read it here.
10.12am: A fifth of maternity services funding is spent on insurance against malpractice, a report suggests. Public Accounts Committee chairwoman Margaret Hodge said it was “absolutely scandalous” that £482m was spent on clinical negligence cover last year.
10.07am: Hospitals spend more money on nutritional supplements than food, campaigners have said. The NHS in England spent £320m on supplements for hospital patients in 2012, compared with £270m on food ingredients, the Campaign for Better Hospital Food found.
10.02am: From bbc.co.uk: visitors and staff have been evacuated from Harrogate District Hospital in North Yorkshire following reports of a chemical spill, the fire service has said. A trust spokesman said the incident was believed to have taken place in the main outpatients department. No inpatients have been moved out of the hospital so far, he said.
10am: Seventy-two per cent of clinicians believe that government spending cuts within the NHS increase the risk of hospital acquired infections. The Think C-differently report, which advises on the current Clostridium difficile landscape, found that despite stringent measures to manage and control Clostridium difficile infection, the NHS is still battling to keep infection rates to a minimum.
9.55am: Should we have a law to punish those who fail to report the abuse of children? The former director of public prosecutions thinks so. Blair McPherson doesn’t. Find out why in his blog here.
9.25am: Good morning and welcome to HSJ Live. New in our Resource Centre section today, Adam Drury says it is crucial to focus on the ways that IT and information can help an organisation achieve its objectives.
And Roz Davies says that now the case for active citizenship in health is established, how can we use rapidly evolving and growing digital technology to enhance and support and spread its potential?