4.20pm: Shadow health and care minister Liz Kendall is to give a speech on Tuesday, on family, ageing and the care society. She will talk about the implications of the ageing population and “radical new approaches to public services and the role of the state”.
4.07pm: Commissioners are concerned about not being able to use data to improve care and challenge providers, a possible negative effect of the recent Cadicott governance review. Read our story.
2.44pm: Elizabeth Johnston, South Reading CCG chair, has tweeted: “Oh dear, concerned pts phoning the practice as worried about 111 & Bank hol @SReadingCCG has NOT gone live yet for 111, so business as usual”
12.10pm: Sarah tweets from NHS England board meeting: “Hakin reveals certain areas have imposed contract penalties on NHS 111 providers”
“Hakin says there are a ‘couple of providers who have had some seriously poor performance’ and discussions are ongoing about sanctions”
11.59am: Sarah tweets from NHS England: “Hakin tells stories of where NHS 111 has worked, including her own daughter & a case in Huddersfield where 111 is thought to hv saved a life”
11.23am: MHP health mandate has blogged about plan tobacco product packaging. Martha Burgess tweets: “RT @_MarthaBu: Nearly two-thirds of people support plain packs. Around 570 children will start smoking today. It’s time to act. http://t.co/4dfaKqVk93”
11.06am: CSU Cassander makes a joke about NHS England’s proposed “insight dashboard”: CSU Cassander @CSUCassander Tim Kelsey explains the Insight Dashboard: an NHS England board member will monitor all staff through a small popup window on their PCs.
10.56am: Sarah tweets: “LAT directors to be asked to set up urgent care boards to formulate A&E recovery plans by the end of the month”
10.52am: Sarah Calkin @sjcalkin from the NHS England board meeting: “DN on A&E performance: hard to get to the bottom of but not the numbers, board will publish a recovery plan framework next week.”
10.50am: Construction firm Carillion has been selected preferred bidder to deliver the £335m private finance initiative rebuild of the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, the company has announced.
The news comes as the Financial Times reports this morning that lobbyists are calling for Carillion to be excluded from future public sector or PFI deals, after it extended its payment times for some subcontractors to 120 days
The paper quotes Rudi Klein, chief executive of the Specialist Engineers Contracting Group as saying: “Companies who don’t comply with government policy on payments through their supply chain should be excluded from public sector work.
“We also think the government should bar public sector bodies – whether dealing directly or through PFI deals – from hiring companies with poor payment records such as Carillion.”
However, Carillion director of group corporate affairs John Denning told the paper: “Under Carillion’s new early payment facility, suppliers can present Carillion approved invoices to Carillion’s partner bank and request payment from the bank on a date of their choosing.”
He added: “The 120-day payment term does not determine when Carillion pays the supplier but is the period within which Carillion has to settle with the bank.”
10.44am: sarahcalkin @sjcalkinBoth Grant and DN stressing the fact half as many staff now working on commissioning as in the old system
10.41am: Sarah Calkin is reporting from the NHS England board meeting. She tweets: RT @sjcalkin: Grant describes staff movements as part of the reforms as an ‘organisational game of chess’
10.17am: Amid the problems in A&E which HSJ has been reporting, we have a story on an analysis of emergency problems in the south of England. @HSJEditor: tweets: “Another interesting take on the NHS’s A&E problems. Is an over reliance on ‘contracts and incentives’ to blame? http://t.co/8PM2dnQ4Rm”
9.57am: Rob Findlay, the NHS Gooroo waiting times specialist, tweets regarding an interesting comment on his blog for HSJ: @nhsgooroo: Some CCGs have opted-out of zero tolerance penalties for one-year waiters, says HSJ commenter http://t.co/AXpIPr0myPOriginal Tweet: https://twitter.com/nhsgooroo/status/330243979176181760
9.42am: The funding of social care, along with changes designed to tackle structural challenges facing the UK economy will be at the heart of next week’s Queen’s speech, the Guardian reports.
9.36am: Health minister Norman Lamb’s speech to Carers UK on 1 May has been published.
9.34am: We published a story on the Care Quality Commission’s report on failings at St George’s Hospital, London.
9.31am: There has been further press coverage of the failings of - and whistleblowing on - the BMI Mount Alvernia Hospital in Surrey.
9.14pm: We will today cover the NHS England board meeting in Leeds at 10.30am. Follow HSJ Live or Sarah Calkin on Twitter. The meeting is expected to include an update on the NHS 111 debacle. The board meeting can also be watched live on the NHS England website.