The new government

News on the new government as it takes shape

Caroline Dinenage

Prime minister continues shake up at Department of Health

Two new junior ministers for health and social care have been appointed, with Philip Dunne standing down.

Jeremy Hunt

Reshuffle: Hunt confirmed as health and social care secretary

Jeremy Hunt has been reappointed to the cabinet, under the new title of secretary for health and social care, in prime minister Theresa May’s reshuffle this afternoon.

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New ministers at Department of Health confirmed

The appointment of two new junior health ministers has been confirmed, replacing MPs that lost their seats in last week’s general election.

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Election 2017: Health ministers lose seats as Hunt wins

Two health ministers have lost their seats in an election night that stripped the Conservative Party of its parliamentary majority.

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Manifesto: Tories open to legislation to curb internal market

The Conservative manifesto says the party is open to introducing health legislation if the NHS’s leaders ask for it to help deliver the Forward View, for example to create new integrated care models.

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May shakes up DH ministerial team

Theresa May has implemented a substantial restructure of the Department of Health ministerial team as part of her wide-ranging reshuffle.

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Jeremy Hunt to stay at DH

It has been confirmed that Jeremy Hunt will stay on as health secretary under incoming prime minister Theresa May.

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Alistair Burt announces resignation

Community and social care minister Alistair Burt has announced he will step down in September following the appointment of a new prime minister.

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Prior resigns as CQC chair to join government

David Prior has stepped down as chair of the Care Quality Commission to become a health minister in the new Conservative government.

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New ministers join DH in reshuffle

David Cameron has appointed two new health ministers in his government reshuffle, following the reappointment of Jeremy Hunt as health secretary.

Jeremy Hunt

Jeremy Hunt to remain health secretary

Jeremy Hunt has been reappointed health secretary in the new government.

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Election 2015: Where do the main parties agree on health?

With two weeks to go until the general election, the NHS is a top priority for voters, and all the main parties have set out their key health policy pledges in their manifestos.

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Conservatives pledge to fund forward view in election manifesto

The Conservative Party has firmly backed the NHS Five Year Forward View in its election manifesto. It includes an explicit commitment to spend at least an extra £8bn a year on the NHS, over and above inflation, by 2020.

Nick Clegg

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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Welsh NHS should elect health commissioners, Conservatives say

Elected health commissioners would be introduced to the Welsh NHS under a Conservative administration.

Nick Seddon

Health adviser to prime minister appointed

Nick Seddon, deputy director of right-leaning think tank Reform, has been appointed health and social care adviser to the prime minister.

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NHS reports strong performance on 18 weeks targets

The NHS continued its strong performance on waiting times in February, achieving all three 18 week referral-to-treatment measures for the second consecutive month.

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Health reforms clear latest Lords hurdle

The government’s controversial NHS reforms cleared another major hurdle in the House of Lords on Tuesday night.

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Rebel Lib Dem reforms revolt defeated

The government has seen off a rebel Liberal Democrat bid to halt the controversial health reforms.

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Pressure on Lansley grows as Lords scrutinise reforms

Health secretary Andrew Lansley will face yet more pressure over his controversial NHS reforms, with peers resuming their scrutiny of the legislation today.

Lansley denies reforms have caused PCT 'meltdown'

Lansley denies reforms have caused PCT 'meltdown'

Health secretary Andrew Lansley has denied primary care trusts are in “meltdown” as a result of his reform plans.

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MPs want power to scrutinise DH spending plans in detail

The Department of Health may have to start justifying its detailed spending plans to the Commons health committee, HSJ has learned.

Pledge for democratic input on commissioning 'watered down'

Health minster Earl Howe has revealed the government’s proposed health and wellbeing boards will not be compulsory.

Lansley plays down 'scale and pace' concerns over GP commissioning

Lansley plays down 'scale and pace' concerns over GP commissioning

Health secretary Andrew Lansley has attempted to play down the scale and pace of the white paper changes, following widespread concerns expressed in response to the consultation.

The first real acid test of how closely the coalition's junior partner is allied to the proposed health reforms will come next week at the Liberal Democrats' annual conference in Liverpool.

Health Hotel reopens for 2010

The first real acid test of how closely the coalition’s junior partner is allied to the proposed health reforms will come next week at the Liberal Democrats’ annual conference in Liverpool.

Prospective Care Quality Commission chair Dame Jo Williams faced a barrage of questions regarding the regulator’s weaknesses from MPs in a pre-appointment grilling last week.

Williams grilled by MPs over CQC’s weaknesses

Prospective Care Quality Commission chair Dame Jo Williams faced a barrage of questions regarding the regulator’s weaknesses from MPs in a pre-appointment grilling last week.

NHS Direct staff should have a role to play in setting up the new 111 urgent care service which is due to replace it in 2013, according to the chief executive of the telephone triage service.

NHS Direct staff bid for role in 111 line

NHS Direct staff should have a role to play in setting up the new 111 urgent care service which is due to replace it in 2013, according to the chief executive of the telephone triage service.

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Mixed sex wards and ennui

Health secretary Andrew Lansley this week announced an end to mixed sex wards in the NHS, prompting an outbreak of ennui.

All new blood makes up health committee

All new blood makes up health committee

The Commons health select committee is to be entirely made up of MPs who have not served on it before - although several of them have a background in health or health related fields.

David Cameron will today promise to “turn government on its head” and make every Whitehall department publicly accountable against published milestones for what they want to achieve.

Accountability shake-up planned for public services

David Cameron will today promise to “turn government on its head” and make every Whitehall department publicly accountable against published milestones for what they want to achieve.

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Government could scrap 'NHS England ringfence' in long term plan

Ministers could scrap the “ringfence” around the NHS England budget to include other arm’s length bodies as part of the government’s long term funding plan, HSJ has been told.

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'Substantive' review of junior doctors' contract to go ahead

A review of the terms and conditions of the controversial junior doctors’ contract, which led to nationwide strike action will start in August, HSJ understands.

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Regulator says 50 trusts can boost cash from overseas patients

NHS bosses have launched a new programme to help boost the amount of cash recovered from treating foreign visitors.

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Green paper advisers lay down challenge on social care reform

Local and national government must engage further in the debate over “difficult” options for establishing sustainable settlement for social care and help secure radical reform of the system, according to two government advisors on the forthcoming green paper.

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MPs criticise 'entirely inappropriate' sharing of patient data with Home Office

MPs have warned the government is leaving the door open to widespread sharing of patients’ confidential details beyond the NHS without their consent or knowledge.

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Government promises long term NHS plan this year

The Prime Minister has said the government will reveal a new “sustainable long term plan” for the NHS over the next year, which will be backed by a ”a multiyear funding settlement”.

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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.