The Department of Health is keeping back up to£870m in NHS funding, HSJ has been told - and is suspected of hoarding the cash to pay for extra initiatives next year.

Eleven foundation trusts are being scrutinised for failing to hit performance targets they claimed they would meet.

Primary care trusts will be assessed on the quality of commissioning as part of next year's health check.

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NHS managers will need to be nimble and contingent this Christmas so that our people are properly supported, writes Malcolm Lowe-Lauri.

A year with more than its fair share of drama saw medics on the streets, C difficile in the wards, Blair and Hewitt on the way out - and an embarrassing surplus in the bank. Richard Vize looks back.

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The law on access to health details is meant to empower people but can sometimes be abused, writes Ian Cooper.

The Court of Appeal's decision to outlaw Department of Health plans to limit the number of applications from international medical graduates has important implications for the 2008 recruitment round, write Nick Chronias and Afrene Campbell.

How well do you recall the ups and downs of the NHS in 2007? Test yourself with HSJ's seasonal quiz.

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