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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.

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Andrew Dillon to end his 20 year reign at NICE

Sir Andrew Dillon will step down as the chief executive of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence in March 2020 after more than 20 years in the role.

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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.


Single women IVF ban will be reviewed

South east London commissioners have pledged to carry out a “rapid review” of their policy to deny IVF treatment to single women.

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Exclusive: Trusts charging for ops restricted on the NHS

Hospital trusts are continuing to allow patients to pay to have procedures which are banned or tightly restricted on the NHS, sparking a protest letter from NHS England.

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£5bn care problem being ‘ignored’, warns national lead

The NHS is ignoring the £5bn cost pressure stemming from wound care, the national wound care strategy lead has warned.

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Safety of health apps to be tested in government 'sandbox'

The regulation of “less than perfectly accurate” health apps is to be overhauled, Matt Hancock’s senior tech advisor has said.

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Tragic death of 19-year-old 'inextricably linked' to four other fatalities

A senior coroner is investigating whether the deaths of five patients with eating disorders in Cambridgeshire are connected by systemic care failings, HSJ can reveal.

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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.


Revealed: CCGs restricting access to basic treatments

Nearly one in five clinical commissioning groups are restricting access to at least three basic elective surgeries and treatments, according to researchers.


Exclusive: CCG inefficiencies 'blocking' access to IVF

Commissioning inefficiencies are said to be “blocking” patients’ access to IVF, as new data reveals some areas are spending at least twice as much as others on a single cycle of fertility treatment.

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Higher safety hurdle needed for health apps – Hancock

Regulators need to demand more evidence that health apps are safe for use in the NHS, the health and social care secretary has said

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DHSC slaps down quangos over Brexit messages

Arm’s-length bodies are having to send every text, tweet, email, phone call and press release that touches on Brexit to the Department of Health and Social Care for clearance – with some having to be approved by ministers and the Department for Exiting the European Union.

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Exclusive: Trusts 'limiting access' to psychosis services

Struggling community teams have resorted to “limiting access” to services for seriously ill patients as investment fails to reach the front line, an official report has claimed.

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Bonuses at NHS PropCo top national health agencies

Four executive directors at NHS Property Services were paid around £180,000 in bonuses in 2017-18, which is significantly higher than nearly every other national NHS body, according to HSJ analysis.


CQC appoints new chief inspector

The Care Quality Commission has appointed a new chief inspector for primary and integrated care.

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Power flows to the centre in this year's HSJ100

The HSJ100 was launched in 2005. Each year it seeks to rank those who will exercise the greatest influence over the English NHS and health policy during the next 12 months. It is always judged by some of the most knowledgeable and experienced figures in healthcare leadership.


New pharma deal raises cap on drugs' spending

The government has negotiated a new deal with the pharmaceutical industry which raises the NHS’ cap on spending on branded medicines.

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Quarter of CCGs fall below psychosis spend benchmark

Nearly a quarter of clinical commissioning groups are spending less than the estimated sum needed to provide proper care to seriously ill mental health patients, according to a new analysis by HSJ.