Mike Farrar

independent management consultant and former chief executive, NHS Confederation (roundtable chair)

Farrar: GPs will move away from CCGs in long term

The new generation of beefed up primary care organisations envisaged in the NHS Five Year Forward View will attract GP leaders away from clinical commissioning groups.

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

Morecambe Bay inquiry delayed until February amid 'reluctant' witnesses

An inquiry into poor care at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay will not publish its final report until February as it tries to convince ‘reluctant’ witnesses to give evidence

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust

Morecambe Bay inquiry has investigated more than 200 deaths

More than 200 deaths of mothers and babies at the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust have been investigated by an independent inquiry.

Mike Farrar

Bureaucracy burden 'bigger' than previously thought

National bodies should reduce the amount of data they collect from NHS providers by 10 per cent over the next two years and contribute to the cost of any new information requests, a review of bureaucracy in the NHS is set to say.


More than a third of hospital chief executives in post less than a year

More than a third of England’s hospital chief executives have been in post for less than a year, HSJ/Capsticks research reveals.

Mike Farrar

Mike Farrar to leave NHS

Mike Farrar is to step down from the NHS Confederation and will not apply to become NHS England chief executive, he announced today.

Purchaser/provider split

Hospital chiefs give thumbs down to purchaser-provider split

Hospital chief executives believe there is little value in separating the NHS into commissioners and providers, a new HSJ survey has found.

Mike Farrar at Confed 2013

'Courageous action' required to ensure NHS makes 75th birthday

As the NHS celebrates its 65th birthday, a study has warned it might not make it to its next milestone unless officials to take “courageous action” to transform the service.

Mike Farrar

Farrar calls for 10-year plan for NHS

The NHS needs to embark on a new 10-year strategy in order to remain sustainable in the long-term, the NHS Confederation has been told by its chief executive Mike Farrar.

Mike Farrar

Exclusive: Confed finds venture capitalists to fund innovation

The NHS Confederation is working with a venture capitalist firm to seek private backing for innovations in the NHS.


'Close hospitals' to save the NHS, say managers, doctors and patients

The NHS faces financial ruin and is no longer sustainable in its current form, a collective of leading medical, leadership and patient organisations has warned.


Farrar issues rallying cry

The NHS has got to raise its game and get away from thinking that patching together the service is enough to keep it going, Mike Farrar has said.


Who could succeed Sir David as NHS England chief executive?

Speculation about potential successors to Sir David Nicholson as chief executive of NHS England has focued on 10 names.

Jeremy Hunt

Healthcare leaders fear 'unintended consequences' of hasty Francis legislation

Senior figures have warned of “unintended consequences” of rushed legislation in response to the Francis report.

Mike Farrar

Farrar warns over speed of service change

The NHS has been too slow to develop into a “truly modern and efficient service”, the NHS Confederation has warned.

Mike Farrar

Farrar bureaucracy review: everything's in play

Plans to cut bureaucracy in the NHS by a third are “ambitious but realistic”, the man leading the government’s post-Francis paperwork review has told HSJ.


Public blame managers for Mid Staffs, survey finds

More than half the public blame NHS managers for the disaster of poor care at the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust, according to a survey shared exclusively with HSJ.

Competition investigations spell problems for mergers

Trusts’ merger plans are likely to be blocked if they cannot prove they are the only way to improve services, new advice from Monitor suggests.

Duncan Selbie

Selbie: 'The NHS is not the same as health'

The chief executive of Public Health England has urged a fundamental rethink of how illness and wellbeing are perceived, stating: “The NHS is not the same as health.”


NHS changes vow over Mid Staffs inquiry

A public inquiry into regulators’ failure to prevent routine neglect at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trustl must lead to a more “patient-centred” health service, the NHS Confederation has urged.