Department of Health

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Queen’s Speech may include new powers for fining trusts

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.


Unit’s ‘temporary’ downgrade may stay in place for ‘foreseeable future’

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.

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Trusts can keep clinicians’ unused pension contributions

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.

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‘Critical issue’ delays trusts’ savings data until 2020

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.

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Public health will get 1pc real terms growth, Selbie reveals

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.

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Exclusive: NHS chiefs want latest no-deal plans from government

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.


Health minister is moved back to previous role after just two months

A new health minister has been appointed to the Department of Health and Social Care following a cabinet reshuffle this week.

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Ministers to outline pensions crisis plans

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.

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Ministers warned off ‘aggressive’ immigration stance

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.

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NHSE finance chief: I’m not holding my breath on estates deals target

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.

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Trusts told: Prepare to charge EU patients under no-deal Brexit

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”.

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Government’s new training funding ‘not enough’

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”.

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Trusts advised to consider time off in lieu amid pensions tax 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.

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Government pledges £1,000 ‘personal development budgets’ for NHS

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.

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DHSC tenders for centralised purchasing service

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.

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NHS faces legal action from ‘abandoned’ IV feed patients

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.

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Ministers waved through most £150k plus exec salaries last year

Health ministers rubber stamped the pay of 65 senior NHS executives last year, HSJ has learned.

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Food review will ‘unclip caterers’ wings’, says chair

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.

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‘Reprehensible’ action by regulator sparks call for inquiry

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.

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NHS told to follow government line on Brexit

NHS arm’s-length bodies, including NHS England, have been told to make sure all their communications are “aligned” to the government’s stance on Brexit.