The Queen’s Speech could cover new patient safety legislation, including giving the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch extensive new powers, such as the ability to fine trusts and seize equipment.
Full maternity services will not return to an Oxfordshire hospital for the “foreseeable future” if proposals are given the green light by county health chiefs.
Trusts will be allowed to determine whether they will pay or keep the contributions they would be required to pay into doctors’ pension funds if their clinicians opt for one of the government’s proposed pension tax workarounds.
Trusts could be forced to wait until the first three months of 2020 to find out how much they are saving by taking part in a flagship government project.
The public health grant is due to increase by 1 per cent in real terms next year, the Public Health England chief executive has said, adding that it should spell the end of cuts to the budget.
NHS chiefs have urged ministers to publish their up-to-date plans for a no-deal Brexit, in the wake of the release of Project Yellowhammer documents.
A new health minister has been appointed to the Department of Health and Social Care following a cabinet reshuffle this week.
Senior doctors and nurses will be allowed to set their own level of pension contributions each tax year under government proposals to tackle the pensions crisis gripping the health service.
Ministers have been warned their “aggressive approach” towards EU workers who don’t apply for new immigration status by next year is wrong and could affect the health and social care workforce.
NHS England’s finance chief has cast doubt on a government target for GPs and NHS trusts to agree leases with a property quango saddled with debt.
The NHS’ Brexit chief has said trusts should grow teams to be ready to charge some European Union patients in the event of a no-deal, as government ”will want to see a visible change”.
The chancellor today confirmed a real terms increase in the NHS education and training budget next year – but was warned this is “not enough to tackle the workforce crisis”.
Trusts have been advised to consider offering doctors time off in lieu to help them avoid pensions tax in new guidance from NHS Employers.
The chancellor has promised an increase in planned spending on NHS staff development, which he says will pay for £1,000 “personal development budgets” for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.
NHS organisations will be given the chance to advertise and manage tenders on a new platform under government plans to create a centralised buying tool.
The NHS and the national medical regulator could face legal action over the shortage of intravenous feed supplies for hundreds of UK patients, HSJ has learned.
Health ministers rubber stamped the pay of 65 senior NHS executives last year, HSJ has learned.
A new government review will aim to stop NHS catering staff feeling “boxed in” and help to “unclip [their] wings”, its chair has told HSJ.
Senior clinicians have called for a review into how hundreds of patients have been left without intravenous food after action by the medical regulator severly curtailed its supply.