|Lawrence joined HSJ in May 2015, after four years reporting on the NHS for regional newspapers in Lancashire and Buckinghamshire. He was shortlisted for the regional journalist of the year award by the Medical Journalists Association in 2014, and for a national award by the Professional Publishers Association in 2017. Nationally, his work is focused on finance and funding, while the areas he covers are Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Lancashire.|
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The in-year bailout for the Department of Health and Social Care is partly a result of the “creative accounting” which has masked the real financial position, says the chair of the Commons public accounts committee.
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The long-planned hospital merger in Liverpool is unlikely to create an NHS trust which is financially secure – so there will need to be a rebalancing of funding in the city to help it escape a structural deficit, according to an acute chief executive in the patch.
The Department of Health and Social Care has received an additional £600m from the Treasury to cover “unforeseen” cost pressures in 2018-19.
Health economies with deeper financial deficits are more likely to receive higher funding growth from new commissioning allocations, although there are several significant outliers against this trend.
Spending on specialised services is due to rise by around 5.6 per cent per year under new commissioning plans – significantly more than spend on local mental health and community services.
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Two major NHS trusts in Greater Manchester have appointed a replacement for their departing chief executive, Sir David Dalton.
Regulators have warned NHS trusts their future bids for capital funding could be deprioritised if they submit inaccurate spending forecasts for the remainder of 2018-19.
The NHS is at risk of losing significant amounts of its additional funding growth because of the time it will take to address its workforce shortages, according to a former Department of Health senior official.
NHS trusts will no longer be able to meet their financial targets through land sales, after regulators scrapped a controversial accounting measure which has had a distortive impact on provider finances.