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Junior doctors’ contract row - and David Dalton’s letter

Government to impose new junior doctors’ contract

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt tells Parliament the government will impose a new contract on junior doctors in England after Sir David Dalton said there was “no real prospect” of a deal with the British Medical Association.

14 chiefs deny support for contract imposition

Fourteen of the 20 chief executive signatories to David Dalton’s letter to Jeremy Hunt on the junior doctor contract told HSJ that they do not support imposition of the contract.

BMA will consider ’every form and frequency’ of industrial action

The British Medical Association will consider “every form and frequency” of industrial action following the government’s decision to impose a new junior doctor contract, according to chair of the union’s junior doctors’ committee.

Value in Healthcare Awards and Congress

HSJ launches Value in Healthcare Congress and Awards

The HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards seek to recognise and reward outstanding efficiency and improvement by the NHS. The Value in Healthcare Awards recognise excellent use of resources. But they also seek out examples of demonstrable improvement in outcomes, both within back office functions and improvements in care.


One in three trusts reject next year’s financial targets

One in three NHS providers have rejected their nationally dictated financial targets for next year, HSJ has learned.

NHS England in control of purse strings for devo Manc

NHS England will remain responsible for many of the budgets being delegated to Greater Manchester under the devolution programme as it is employing the region’s new chief officer

DH confirms it will get an extra £205m from the Treasury

The Treasury has agreed to pump more than £200m of bailout funding into the Department of Health this year, and to a £950m raid on the department’s capital budget.

Whistleblowing finance director warns trust may be pushed to mislead over finances

An NHS finance director has written to a parliamentary committee to warn that hospitals are under pressure to “cook the books” and potentially mislead the public and government departments” over their finances.


Exclusive: NHS Improvement executive director team revealed

NHS Improvement has appointed its executive director team, HSJ can reveal.

Public health/patient experience

Analysed: The best and worst regions for delayed transfers of care

Delayed transfers of care have risen steadily for the past two years and are becoming a major area of policy focus during 2016, HSJ’s detailed analysis of local delayed transfers figures reveals.

Exclusive: Rocketing death rate provokes calls for national investigation

Public health experts have called for investigation after statistics showed the biggest increase in the national death rate for several decades in 2015.


The journey to digital starts with seeing things afresh

Most transformation projects fail, because they start as IT projects, writes Musadiq Subar.

Needs fixing: new models of care for children and young people

It is time that new models of care turn their attention to children and young people, writes Lucia Kossarova

HSJ Knowledge

Patient involvement: the devil is in the decisions

Shared decision making is a worthy ideal but hard to do consistently. What makes it difficult and how can these barriers be removed, asked an HSJ roundtable.

Unwarranted variation? NHS Right Care Programme helps

Matthew Cripps and John Newton explain how the NHS Right Care model is designed to help drive service improvement and avoid unwarranted variation