3.50pm: Our live discussion on 24/7 NHS working has finished - you can read the questions and outcomes here.
1.39pm: The General Medical Council has issued a warning about revalidation: “Doctors who have not responded to requests from the General Medical Council (GMC) to provide information for their revalidation have been told that their licence to practise is at risk.
“The GMC wrote to 54,000 doctors last year as part of its Make your connection campaign, asking them to confirm their designated body - the organisation that will help them to revalidate.The remaining 7,818 doctors who have not yet responded will receive a final notice letter this week, advising them that they have 28 days to either confirm their designated body or tell the GMC they do not have one. If they fail to respond the GMC will have to take steps to remove their licence to practise.
“Doctors have a duty under the GMC’s Licence to Practise and Revalidation Regulations to provide information to support their revalidation and the GMC has written to these doctors several times asking them to get in touch - most recently in January 2013, when all doctors were given their revalidation date.”
12.55pm: Thousands of NHS doctors paid more than the prime minster, the Daily Telegraph reports. The story, based on figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre, said the news would put “further pressure” on health secretary Jeremy Hunt to redraw the GP contract. The paper said 3,620 GPs were paid over £150,000 a year in 2011-12, down from 3,920 in the year before, while 670 received more than £200,000 up from 730 in the previous year.
10.51am: The Times reports: “Thousands of women with breast cancer could be spared chemotherapy after a blood test that assesses how likely it is that the disease will spread won NHS approval yesterday.”
It says the “£2,500 Oncotype DX test” “could be offered to almost 10,000 women each year with early-stage breast cancer.”
10.33am: We have published Michael White’s latest column on health politics, which covers this weeks Labour party conference.
10.18am: The Health and Social Care Information Centre has published some important figures today, with sets of measures of performance against the NHS Outcomes Framework.
It reports: “People living in northern areas lose more potential years of life due to amenable conditions than those living in the south, new figures show. (2)
“A report published today by the Health and Social Care Information Centre calculates the potential number of years of life lost when patients die from conditions that should not be fatal where there is timely and effective healthcare. (3)
“Across England in 2012, a total of 1.1 million years of life were lost for all people registered with a GP, with an average of 2,061 years lost per 100,000 GP registered persons. This is the equivalent to just over one week of life lost for every registered person in the country.
“All the geographical areas (4) with a rate of fewer than 2,000 years lost per 100,000 people registered with a GP were clustered together in the south of England, with the exception of London, which has a rate of 2,017 years of life lost per 100,000 registered persons. The lowest rate was 1,738 years of life lost per 100,000 registered people in Surrey and Sussex.”
10.15am: We are hosting a major live web debate on 24/7 working in the NHS today, at 1pm. It will feature Professor Keith Willett, national director for acute episodes of care, NHS England; Dr Johnny Marshall, director of policy, NHS Confederation; Dr Steve Kell, chair, Bassetlaw Clinical Commissioning Group; and Mike Pinkerton, chief executive, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals Foundation Trust; among others. To take part, you need to register for the HSJ website.
10.13am: Last night HSJ’s annual effiency awards were presented at a glitzy London ceremony. See the winners here.
8.40am: Good morning, today on HSJ’s leadership channel NHS England, NHS Confederation, Royal College of Physicians, Bassetlaw CCG and Bassetlaw hospital and representatives from social care and integrated working will be discussing seven day working in a live panel debate. Join us from 1pm.
Can an NHS Museum of failure allow leaders to learn from past mistakes. Today on HSJ’s leadership channel Craig Barratt puts the case forward. “One of the NHS’s greatest failings can be one of our greatest opportunities”, he says.