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Government misses NHS instructions deadline for first time

The government has failed to publish its requirements of the NHS by the deadline set in law for the first time.

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Exclusive: Government drops key safe staffing measure

Publication of nurse staffing levels at each hospital in England – introduced after the Francis Inquiry to boost safety – has been quietly dropped, HSJ can reveal.

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Patients' choice of provider must be defended, says NHSE leader

Choice of provider remains “fundamental” and integrated care systems will “fail” if they do not offer it, according to a senior NHS England director.

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Major delays to national deaths review policy

A national scheme to improve safety with closer scrutiny of deaths is seeing major delays, with a large majority of areas missing its planned go-live date, HSJ has learned.

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PM’s aide appointed as public health minister

One of Theresa May’s closest aides has been appointed as health minister for public health and primary care.

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Controversial PET-CT deal referred to Matt Hancock

A controversial decision to strip a leading trust of its scanning service has been referred to the health secretary.

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Exclusive: Clinical waste building up outside hospitals

Clinical waste is piling up outside hospitals, HSJ can reveal, amid fallout from the crisis which exploded in the sector last year.

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New digital projects will be signed off by NHSX

NHS commissioners and IT suppliers will need to get sign-off from NHSX for new digital projects, according to fresh details released about the government’s new tech agency.

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Exclusive: CQC slated major central IT programme

The Care Quality Commission has heavily criticised a major NHS England-led IT project after a review found it to be dysfunctional and at risk of breaking procurement rules.

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EU healthcare qualifications to be recognised after no-deal Brexit

EU workers will have their qualifications and registrations recognised whether the UK leaves the EU with or without a deal, the health and social care secretary has announced.

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High Court orders second inquest into 'cover up' child death

The High Court has ordered a new inquest into the death of a three-year-old boy at Stafford Hospital following new evidence which called into doubt the original verdict.

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Most GPs excluded from historical cover under new indemnity scheme

The government’s new national GP indemnity scheme does not provide universal coverage for historic clinical negligence claims, it was announced today.

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Enhanced pay for junior doctors taking shared parental leave

Junior doctors taking shared parental leave will have their pay enhanced above the statutory rate from Monday, the British Medical Association has announced in a positive first outcome from the 2016 contract review.

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New NHS price comparison tool in the pipeline

A new price comparison tool is being designed by NHS technology officials which could be rolled out to trusts later this year, HSJ has learned.

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DHSC sets up hotline for Brexit disruption to supplies

NHS suppliers have been told to contact a new 24/7 call centre run by the Department of Health and Social Care if they experience disruption to their deliveries following a no-deal Brexit.

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Labour to green-light all NHS visas

The Labour party would ensure work visas for anyone who has a job offer in the NHS “at whatever level”, shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth announced today.

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Hancock halts long-awaited A&E downgrades

The health and social care secretary this afternoon ruled out the downgrades of two accident and emergency units, proposed as part of a contentious reconfiguration.

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Health minister resigns over Brexit

A minister in the Department of Health and Social Care resigned last night so he could vote against the government on a Brexit-related issue.

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New report stresses link between nurses and safety

A new review of safe staffing evidence has warned increasing the proportion of healthcare assistants on wards can raise the risk of poor care.

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CCGs under strain again from generic drug prices

The number of generic drugs being sold above national tariff rose to its highest rate in over two years at the start of 2019, despite national efforts to cut this number.