Recession and the NHS

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Clinicians raise concerns over IAPT as trusts set out merger drivers

Clinicians in Essex are worried about commissioners’ plans to send patients previously referred to secondary mental health professionals to a less specialised service, the chief executive of one of the trusts involved has told HSJ.


Nurses cynical about increment freeze offer

More than 80 per cent of nurses believe their trust would fail to honour a proposed deal not to make compulsory redundancies over the next two years if they agreed to forego a pay rise, according to an poll by HSJ’s sister title Nursing Times.


Pickles unveils settlement

Some councils face 17% year-one cut as two-year settlement unveiled


NHS Employers proposes salary increment freeze

NHS Employers – the body that represents the Department of Health in pay negotiations with NHS staff – has proposed to freeze Agenda for Change pay increments for two years in exchange for a “no compulsory redundancy” agreement.


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.

NHS Surrey stops funding for IVF and tattoo removal

NHS Surrey stops funding for IVF and tattoo removal

IVF treatment for women under 39, cosmetic procedures and other low priority interventions will no longer be funded in Surrey.


Voluntary MARS pay-off plan attracts very few takers

A key government initiative to reduce NHS management costs is heading for failure, HSJ research suggests

Stephen Dorrell, chair health committee

Concern over rate of PCT talent drain

MPs and GPs are concerned primary care trusts have already begun losing some of their best managers ahead of their proposed abolition.

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DH considers national pay increment freeze

The Department of Health is to examine introducing a national freeze in annual pay increments affecting more than a million NHS staff.

Yorkshire PCT announces 'unpalatable' measures to tackle overspend

Yorkshire PCT announces 'unpalatable' measures to tackle overspend

A Yorkshire primary care trust has suspended contracts with local GPs for simple procedures and returned them to acute settings, as part of immediate measures to address “serious financial pressures”.

PCT halts funding for over 30 procedures to 'remain sustainable'

PCT halts funding for over 30 procedures to 'remain sustainable'

A Midlands primary care trust has halted funding for a raft of routine procedures, including cataract removal and hip replacements, in order to remain financially viable over the winter.

Public sector job losses to hit 750,000

Public sector job losses to hit 750,000

The number of public sector jobs to be axed as a result of the spending cuts will be around 750,000 - a quarter of a million more than government estimates, a respected economist has warned.

Oder person and carer

Treasury raids NHS capital budget to fund social care

£1bn of NHS funding will be transferred to social care by 2014-15 the chancellor said today, starting with £800m next financial year.

Health secretary Nicola Sturgeon said she expected boards to take the action over the lifetime of the next parliament.

Scottish boards told to slash manager posts

Scottish health boards have been told to cut the number of senior managers by a quarter as part of a package of measures aimed at saving the health service £100 million a year.

NHS Confederation acting chief executive Nigel Edwards

NHS not safe from cuts, Confed warns

Cut backs in social care will cause “major problems”, the NHS Confederation has warned ahead of the comprehensive spending review.

Essex PCT plans to shed over 220 staff in £5.7m savings bid

Essex PCT plans to shed over 220 staff in £5.7m savings bid

NHS South West Essex has set out plans to make 224 staff redundant in order to save £5.7m over the next financial year.

Sue Slipman

Foundation Trust Network considers Confed split as director suspended

The Foundation Trust Network has drawn up plans to leave the NHS Confederation, prompting opposition within the organisation, HSJ has learned.

PCTs make slow progress with QIPP

PCTs make slow progress with QIPP

Primary care trusts are already falling behind on their quality, innovation, productivity and prevention (QIPP) plans, analysis by HSJ has found.

Andrew Lansley has warned that the Conservatives must be prepared for increasing unpopularity.

Lansley warns Tories to brace for unpopularity

Conservatives must be prepared for increasing unpopularity as the spending cuts begin to affect public services, party activists have been warned.


Foundation trusts seek to halt automatic pay rises

Foundation trusts are drawing up plans to freeze automatic pay increases in a move which could affect up to half a million NHS staff.