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.
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.
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.
The Department of Health may have to start justifying its detailed spending plans to the Commons health committee, HSJ has learned.
IVF treatment for women under 39, cosmetic procedures and other low priority interventions will no longer be funded in Surrey.
A key government initiative to reduce NHS management costs is heading for failure, HSJ research suggests
MPs and GPs are concerned primary care trusts have already begun losing some of their best managers ahead of their proposed abolition.
The Department of Health is to examine introducing a national freeze in annual pay increments affecting more than a million NHS staff.
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”.
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.
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.
£1bn of NHS funding will be transferred to social care by 2014-15 the chancellor said today, starting with £800m next financial year.
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.
Cut backs in social care will cause “major problems”, the NHS Confederation has warned ahead of the comprehensive spending review.
NHS South West Essex has set out plans to make 224 staff redundant in order to save £5.7m over the next financial year.
The Foundation Trust Network has drawn up plans to leave the NHS Confederation, prompting opposition within the organisation, HSJ has learned.
Primary care trusts are already falling behind on their quality, innovation, productivity and prevention (QIPP) plans, analysis by HSJ has found.
Conservatives must be prepared for increasing unpopularity as the spending cuts begin to affect public services, party activists have been warned.