The government’s instructions for the NHS in 2018-19 confirm that flagship waiting time targets for planned and emergency care remain on hold.
The number of patients waiting more than a year for an elective procedure is at its highest since August 2012, new data reveals.
NHS England has warned that elective waiting time standards “will not be fully funded and met” next year unless there are cuts to services such as mental health, cancer and primary care.
Teaching hospitals are continuing to refuse ‘out of area’ referrals in defiance of new rules from NHS England.
The government has waded into the row between a leading foundation trust and a group of commissioners after closing its doors to “out of area” referrals for routine care
Labour party leader Ed Miliband today announced it would introduce a “£2.5bn NHS Time to Care Fund”, increasing health service funding at a greater rate than at present, if he formed a government next year.
NHS England is failing to collect “consistent, complete and accurate” waiting times figures from trusts, according to an influential committee of MPs.
An expert group set up to review the future of the NHS Constitution has rejected the Francis report’s recommendation the document should be rewritten and has instead said the government should focus on making sure it was “publicised, embedded and applied”.
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Individuals’ responsibility for their own health and use of the NHS has been underemphasised and should be made more visible by NHS England, the organisation’s patient experience director has told HSJ.
Robert Francis QC has criticised elements of the “culture” of the NHS and Department of Health, including overly tough performance management.
The Department of Health inserted a passage into the revised NHS constitution in response to a recent controversy about end of life care, sources close to the changes have told HSJ.
A planned revision to the NHS constitution would place a stronger emphasis on creating a “supportive open culture” among staff, ahead of the Francis report into failings in care at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust.
New commitments on end-of-life care and single-sex wards are set to be included in the NHS constitution, under proposals unveiled today.
A government-commissioned review is likely to recommend all new nurses and healthcare assistants are screened for their values and ability to be compassionate.
Andrew Lansley hopes to establish an annual “budget for health” which will become the parliamentary set piece debate on the service.
The government is today launching a review of the NHS Constitution, part of which will be carried out by a new NHS Future Forum group.
One of the leading proponents of integrated care has called for the government to go further than its “warm words” made in response to the NHS Future Forum.
Monitor has revealed it is examining a potential loophole that could allow foundation trusts to escape the patient guarantees laid out in the NHS constitution.
Greater protection for whistleblowers in the health service will be a kep part of a changed NHS Constitution, according to UK health secretary Andrew Lansley.