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Trusts in line for new hospitals will face extra charges

Six providers set to receive major public investment in new hospital buildings may struggle to afford annual charges on their new assets, according to experts.


Trusts missing out on tens of millions from overseas patients

Providers are failing to recover tens of millions of pounds from overseas visitors despite a major clampdown on so-called health tourists.


STP and ICS plans still being ‘refined’ as deadline pushed back

Finalisation and publication of five-year system plans – setting out how each area will implement the NHS long-term plan – will be delayed by at least a month, officials have told HSJ.

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NHSE moves closer to four-hour target overhaul

NHS England appears increasingly likely to recommend a major overhaul — and potential scrapping — of the four-hour accident and emergency target, statements issued today suggest.

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Trust forms company for its Drs in pensions tax workaround

A foundation trust has set up a company with a group of its consultants in a bid to work around the pensions crisis hitting the NHS, HSJ has learned.


HSIB to stop maternity investigations by 2021

The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch will stop carrying out external maternity incident investigations by 2021, handing them back to the NHS, HSJ has learned.

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Stevens: New NHS beds should squeeze ‘inappropriate’ private care

Simon Stevens has indicated that a “sometimes-inappropriate” level of private provision in mental health inpatient services should be squeezed “as NHS mental health services expand”.

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Exclusive: New top A&E doctor ‘could support replacing target’

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine could support replacing the four-hour target – but only if it was satisfied a replacement regime would demonstrably improve patient outcomes and cut bureaucracy for staff, according its new president.

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NHSX will advise trusts on getting good tech deals

NHSX has announced plans to launch a “centre of expertise” for healthcare providers where they can seek advice on securing deals with tech suppliers.

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Hancock pledges ‘spectacularly’ simpler capital sign-offs

Matt Hancock has pledged that the national sign-off process for NHS capital projects will be “spectacularly more straightforward”.

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Stevens: Hospitals should open more beds this winter than last

Simon Stevens has urged trust bosses to “think carefully” about how many beds they have open this winter and said “ideally” there should be more in total than last year.

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Hopson: Winter will test regulators on ‘aggressive command and control’

Changing the NHS’ culture from “aggressive command and control” to “support and improvement first” will be a “clear test” for NHS England and Improvement, particularly this winter, the chief executive of NHS Providers has said.

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New rule to stop NHS directors ‘revolving door’

New rules will mandate trusts to supply references when NHS directors are given a new job, in a bid to stop the so-called “revolving door” for those who have failed, HSJ has learned.

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National living wage rise to cost NHS millions

Trusts are set to face additional salary costs of millions of pounds as a result of the government’s plan to raise the national living wage, HSJ has learned.

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Health and care world backs far-reaching NHS legislation

Patient, staff and NHS groups have joined with NHS England to ask government to put forward an “NHS integrated care bill”, which would scrap big chunks of the last major piece of health legislation.

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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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Managers most likely to say mental ill-health caused sick leave

NHS managers are most likely to cite stress, anxiety and depression as the cause of their sickness absence, according to the latest NHS data.

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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.


Trusts face ‘barriers’ to apprenticeship funding

Trusts are unable to take full advantage of subsidised training under the government’s apprenticeship levy because the scheme is not flexible, HSJ has been warned.

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NHSE director slams local authorities for ‘relentless retendering’ of health services

NHS England’s national director for mental health has reignited the debate over local government’s stewardship of public health services by claiming “relentless retendering” is damaging integration, quality and staff morale.