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Exclusive: NHS ‘falls short’ on social mobility, think tank warns

The NHS “falls short” on enabling social mobility and must improve its commitment to the Living Wage if local health service organisations are to help boost the economic wellbeing of local populations, a think tank has warned.

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Exclusive: Leak reveals government fears over 50,000 nurses plan

Senior government officials are challenging NHS England’s plans for boosting retention to deliver the prime minister’s target of 50,000 more nurses, a leaked email reveals.

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Exclusive: Fresh row over public health funding

Public health commissioners and providers are warning they may be tens of millions of pounds out of pocket, amid a fresh row over funding for a pay uplift.

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CCG vows to address NHS’ ‘worst’ gender pay gap

A clinical commissioning group that pays men almost twice as much as women has said it will take steps to address its gender pay gap.

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Immigration changes will ‘increase pressure on social care’

Post-Brexit immigration laws proposed by the government will “increase pressure on social care”, while resulting in only “slightly improved public finances [and] slightly reduced pressures on the NHS, schools and on social housing”, its independent advisory body has said.

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Trusts warn against ‘unfunded’ pay commitment ‘burden’

Trusts have warned they should not be “burdened with unfunded commitments” on pay and conditions, and said they “would welcome” talks on another multiyear NHS pay deal.

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HSJ’s 10 most read workforce stories of 2019

As 2019 winds down, HSJ is taking a moment to revisit its most read workforce stories of the year.

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Government announces partial U-turn on student nurse funding

All nursing students will receive a cost of living grant of at least £5,000 with up to £3,000 extra available for regions or specialisms “struggling to recruit”, the government has announced.

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Apprenticeship pay talks stall amid calls for reform

Negotiations over a pay deal for NHS apprentices have broken down due to a “lack of consensus” over what are considered appropriate salary levels.

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Trusts told to offer pensions tax deal to senior clinicians

Trusts have been given the green light to offer a stop-gap “solution” to their senior clinicians which aims to tackle the pensions crisis gripping the health service.

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PCNs permitted to pay charities’ management costs

NHS England has made it easier for charities to be involved in primary care networks — by allowing ringfenced budgets to be used to pay for third party management costs.

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Trust drops controversial subsidiary plans after new CEO joins

A teaching trust has scrapped controversial plans to set up a subsidiary company — a move which campaigners hailed as “extremely good news” for NHS staff.

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Short-term pension tax ‘solution’ confirmed by NHS England

A temporary “solution” to the pensions tax impact on the health service has been confirmed by NHS England and signed off by government.

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Pensions crisis and staff shortages trigger record low cancer performance

A shortage of radiologists, pensions issues and rising demand have driven the worst breast cancer wait times for at least nine years, some of the worst performing trusts told HSJ.

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Top doctor reveals huge tax bill

The dean of the Royal College of Psychiatrists has claimed the government is making it “impossible” for her to stay in the NHS long-term after she was hit with a large tax bill.

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‘Multiyear pay and contract reform’ set for 9,000 doctors

The government has embarked on an attempt to reform the contracts of the roughly 9,000 specialty and associate specialists doctors working in the NHS.

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Revealed: Additional payments push senior payoffs above NHS limit

Several senior staff at clinical commissioning groups have left with payments above the £160,000 cap as their redundancy payoffs are being topped off with payments in lieu.

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Updated: 60,000 staff fall under potential post-Brexit migration salary cap

More than 60,000 NHS workers from overseas would fall under an increased immigration salary threshold which has been proposed to government, an analysis by HSJ has revealed.

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Trust mulls Supreme Court appeal over landmark rest case

The Supreme Court could hear a landmark case on trainee doctors’ rest breaks, which could have “huge implications” for NHS trusts.

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Junior doctors pursued for pension costs after backdated pay rise

Hundreds of junior doctors are being pursued by NHS trusts for unpaid pension contributions linked to their backdated pay award, HSJ has learned.