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Lib Dems pledge extra £7bn a year for health funded by tax rise

The Liberal Democrats have set out their manifesto pledges on the health and social care system, which they say “are in a state of crisis”.

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Exclusive: Majority of A&E departments fail liaison psychiatry standards

Almost three-quarters of England’s liaison psychiatry services in hospital emergency departments are rated substandard, HSJ has learned.

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Exclusive: Mental health trusts fear over CCG investment

More than half of NHS mental health trusts fear their commissioners will not pass on funding increases for 2015-16, according to a survey of the sector.

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Lib Dems commit to increase NHS pay with inflation

The Liberal Democrats will make a commitment today to increase NHS pay at least in line with the rate inflation from the next financial year.

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Liberal Democrats commit to repeal competition elements of Health Act

The Liberal Democrats have criticised the role of competition in the health service, pledging to repeal parts of the Health Act 2012 and end the competition authority’s role in health.

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Lib Dems pledge extra £250m a year for children's mental health

Nick Clegg has told the Liberal Democrats’ spring conference the government will spend an extra £250m a year for five years on child and adolescent mental health services.

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Exclusive: Lamb proposes single department for health and social care

Care minister Norman Lamb has told HSJ that he wants to create a single government department for health and social care by joining budgets at a national level.

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Exclusive: Mental health providers warn of further funding squeeze

Mental health trusts have complained their commissioners are disregarding national guidance requiring them to increase real terms spending on mental health in 2015-16 and help fund the delivery of new targets.


Senior figures from three main parties back greater role for HWBs

Senior figures from the three main political parties have backed health and wellbeing boards as the main commissioners of integrated health and social care.

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Clegg: Moving away from block contract is biggest change in mental health

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has said beginning to shift mental health services away from block contracts could be the most significant change the government has made in the sector.

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Clegg pledges £8bn extra for the NHS by 2020

The Liberal Democrats have become the first major party to publicly commit to increasing NHS funding to levels recommended in the NHS Five Year Forward View – but the pledge depends on ongoing economic growth and the elimination of the budget deficit.

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Mental health providers face finding £40m to meet new targets

At least half of the additional £80m investment pledged to mental health providers to help them deliver new access targets will come from existing budgets


Exclusive: Tariff delayed amid wrangling over extra NHS funds

Publication of the 2015-16 ‘tariff’ prices for NHS services has been held back amid high level political discussions about the possibility of securing extra funding for health in the autumn statement, HSJ understands.

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Exclusive: Deputy prime minister puts faith in winter funding

Nick Clegg is pushing for next year’s NHS budget to be topped up with enough winter pressures funding to leave the service in a ‘healthy state’ for the next government

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Further priorities for mental health waiting times revealed

Mental health trusts could be asked to hit a suite of new waiting time targets by 2020 at a cost of more than £130m a year.

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'Dilnot style' commission on ageing society proposed

The Liberal Democrats have proposed to set up a ‘Dilnot style’ cross-party commission on how the NHS can meet the needs of an ageing society.

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Lib Dems call for 'equality of funding' for mental health

The Liberal Democrats have adopted a policy of moving to ‘equality of funding’ for mental health services – a pledge that, if enacted, would move around £13bn of funding into mental health from the acute sector.


Lib Dems reveal mental health funding boost and waiting targets

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg will today announce £120m investment in mental health services and the introduction of waiting time targets for the sector.

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Clegg wants £500m mental health investment

The Liberal Democrats would seek to invest an additional £500m a year in mental health services if they formed part of another government, HSJ can reveal.

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Lib Dems lobby for more money for 2015-16 amid cash crisis fears

The Liberal Democrats are calling for the 2015-16 funding settlement for the NHS to be “in effect reopened” amid fears that an imminent cash crisis could lead to declining access to services and redundancies