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4.21pm: Pensioners face paying £150,000 for their residential care before they hit the so-called ‘cap’ on care costs, new analysis by Labour claims. The average figure to be funded by pensioners is more than double the £72,000 which ministers have claimed, says the party. Labour’s analysis also reveals that six out of seven elderly people will have died before they reach the cap. The government’s proposals were branded a con’by Labour’s shadow minister for care and older people, Liz Kendall. “Families deserve to be told the facts,” she added.

4.10pm: The number of patients on the waiting list has fallen by just under 40,000 in September but it is still more than 2.9 million, new data from NHS England shows. Nationally the NHS is still meeting all of the 18 referral to treatment targets. Overall 94.2 per cent of patients were seen within 18 weeks against a target of 92 per cent. On the admitted pathway 91.5 per cent were treated within the time frame against a target of 90 per cent while 96.8 per cent of patients on a non-admitted pathway were treated within the timescale against a target for 95 per cent.


4.40pm: HSJ is seeking to celebrate the healthcare leaders of tomorrow -and influencers of today. As this year draws to a close, we will be identifying healthcare’s rising stars and want your nominations. We are looking for people who are making brave decisions to improve healthcare and shape its future. Full story here.

3.30pm: HSJ has launched a new microsite and weekly email newsletter focusing on hospital transformation. The new service, which can be found at, is designed to meet the needs of clinical leaders, chief operating officers, medical directors, and senior transformation managers. It will be a hub for articles about the improvement journey of English hospitals, including analysis, trends, best practice, and interviews.

2.58pm: Lord Howe has approved Papworth Hospital Foundation Trust’s construction of a £165m hospital building under the private finance initiative, HSJ understands.

2.55pm: Most clinical commissioning groups will be expected to come together to draw up their critical long term service change strategiesacross larger patches approved by NHS England, under guidance seen by HSJ.

2.40pm: More than £2bn of acute service funding has moved away from locally agreed deals and onto the national payment by results tariff this year, an HSJ investigation has found. The move back to the tariff has been linked to the need to support financially troubled trusts.

12.06pm: Unison have called for a “change of leadership” at Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust.

The union’s regional head of health Tracey Lambert said: “The decision to take Colchester Hospital into special measures is the right one. The trust board has lost the confidence of patients and the public in North East Essex and people want to see strong, positive action to improve health care at the hospital.

“Unison members alerted executive directors at the hospital that they were being bullied into falsifying data relating to the treatment of cancer patients, but their concerns were not dealt with. We know that our members in other departments also believed they would not be listened to if they spoke out about their fears. Unison repeatedly made this point to the trust .

“In light of what has happened at Colchester, there is a need for a significant change of leadership and we look forward to working with the new regime.”

11.27am Lots of the papers are reporting on an evaluation of NHS 111 that sowed it was likely to increase pressure on other services, particularly ambulance call outs. However, HSJ’s Sarah Calkin tweets that the report is an old one:

10.25am: Monitor, the health sector regulator has put Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust into special measures. A formal investigation by the regulator found the trust has breached its licence to provide health services after the Care Quality Commission said cancer care at the trust was inadequate.

10.20am: Make sure to join HSJ’s latest free webinar, which will be on Tuesday from 12.30pm to 1.15pm. The event, sponsored by Partnerships in Care, explores how to make parity of esteem for mental and physical healthcare a reality. See it here.

10am: A man with paranoid schizophrenia tells the Independent why he agreed to take part in headline-grabbing TV show Bedlam. And the programme’s maker explains why he hopes the series will help change ingrained attitudes to psychotic illness.

10am: House of Lords shadow spokesman on health, Lord Hunt, has been appointed president of GS1 UK, the not-for-profit global supply chain standards organisation.

9.45am: Community services have a vital role to play in finding the solution to tackling the growing pressures in A&E services, leaders of the UK’s biggest health and adult social care provider today said. Speaking in response to the report from NHS England medical director Sir Bruce Keogh, into the urgent care system, Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership Trust called for more focus on the part community services play in keeping people out of hospital.

9.43am: Catherine Pollard, Monitor’s pricing and integrated care director, has recorded a new podcast outlining how the health services regulator intends to help the new integrated pioneers successfully deliver person-centred care at pace and scale. Listen here.

9.20am: Good morning and welcome to HSJ Live, where we update you on all the new stories and comment on and the wider world of health. New on the site today, Judith Smith argues that as pharmacy is the third largest health profession it can help solve the problems facing the health service. It deserves a voice in NHS policymaking, she says, in our new, expanded Comment section.

In the same section, HSJ reporter Ben Clover says that Monitor is looking at how to iron out the inconsistency in the NHS system of funding capital developments, which could see a trust with performance or finance problems paying a higher rate to borrow. Read it here.