NHS Confederation responds to Osborne’s budget statement

In response to today’s budget statement, in which Chancellor George Osborne confirmed a real terms increase in NHS funding for 2015/16, the NHS Confederation is calling for an open public debate on NHS finances ahead of May’s general election. Rob Webster, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said: "An open public debate must happen now on NHS finances. We've been calling for it for a long time and politicians from all parties cannot duck it anymore - the public simply won't allow them. "We... Readmore

Hodge and PAC pass judgement on Circle and Hinchingbrooke

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has today (18 March) published its 46th Report of Session 2014-15 – an examination of Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust and the operational control of Circle, the first private company to run an NHS hospital. The Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MP, chair of the Public Accounts Committee, said: “Circle became the first private company to run an NHS hospital when it took operational control of Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust in February 2012. However, in January... Readmore

NHS Trust placed into special measures having “not given sufficient priority to safety”

Whipps Cross University Hospital in east London, part of Barts Health NHS Trust, has been placed into special measures after services were rated as inadequate by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). An inspection team led by England's Chief Inspector of Hospitals Sir Mike Richards found a culture of bullying and harassment, low staff morale, and too few doctors and nurses to ensure good standards of patient care after spending six days at the hospital in November 2014. Inspectors also rated urgent... Readmore

NHS England announces ‘vanguard’ health and social care sites to transform patient care

In a major new initiative designed to tackle the challenges set out in the Five Year Forward View, NHS England has announced 29 ‘vanguard’ sites across England that will take the lead in transforming standards of patient care. From April 2015, the vanguards – which involve nurses, doctors and other health and social care staff – will redesign care in their areas and unite home care, mental health and community nursing, GP services and hospitals for the first time since 1948. “The... Readmore

Friends and Family Test celebrates second anniversary with further roll out

The Friends and Family Test (FFT) is set to be rolled out next month to NHS dental practices, ambulance services, patient transport, day-case and outpatient services – confirmation of its success on the second anniversary of its launch. Introduced in April 2013, the FFT has given more than five million patients the opportunity to give feedback on their experiences of care throughout the NHS. Initially rolled out to A&E and inpatient services, then GPs, maternity, mental health and community... Readmore

Monitor announces “good news” for patients by authorising two new foundation trusts

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and Kent Community Health NHS Trust have now attained the status of foundation trusts healthcare regulator Monitor announced today. The new additions mean that there are now 150 NHS foundation trusts in total - almost two-thirds of all trusts in England’s NHS. As NHS foundation trusts, Kent Community Health and Nottinghamshire Healthcare will be: (i) free from central government control and able to decide how to improve services for patients; (ii) able... Readmore

BMA responds to BBC survey highlighting GP discontent

The British Medical Association (BMA) has issued its response to a BBC survey which found that more than half of GPs expect to leave the profession before they reach the age of 60. The survey, which features the views of 1004 UK GPs, found that working hours, pay concerns, and a negative portrayal by the media are the main reasons why 56 percent of GPs say they expect to retire early. Dr Krishna Kasaraneni, GP and BMA education, training and workforce committee chair, said: “The BMA has been... Readmore

Osborne unveils NHS devolution in Greater Manchester – a blueprint for the future?

Further to this week’s announcement that responsibility for the entire health and social care system in Greater Manchester (including a budget of £6bn) is to be handed to councils and health groups in the region, NHS England and council leaders in Greater Manchester have today unveiled a Memorandum of Understanding which outlines the scope of the agreement. The memorandum, approved and countersigned by Chancellor George Osborne and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, involves NHS England, 12 NHS Clinical... Readmore

End of life care receives funding boost to improve service standards

Proposals for improving the quality of end of life care services – including an additional £130m of funding – are contained in a new report published today. Produced by the Choice in End of Life Care Programme Board, the report - What’s Important to Me: A Review of Choice in End of Life Care - was commissioned to provide advice to Government on improving the quality and experience of care for adults at the end of life and their carers. The independently-led report makes a number of proposals,... Readmore

BMA’s Porter responds to devolution of healthcare spending announcement

BMA council chair Dr Mark Porter has responded to today’s announcement that responsibility for Greater Manchester’s £6bn health and social care budget is to be handed to councils and health groups in the region. Dr Porter said: “There is no doubt that patients would benefit from more joined-up health and social care. However, any plans to do so would have to be underpinned by clear funding to ensure that an already dangerously over-stretched NHS budget isn't used to prop up a woefully underfunded... Readmore

Greater Manchester given control of £6bn healthcare budget

A major new proposal which gives responsibility for Greater Manchester’s £6bn health and social care budget to councils and health groups in the region has been given the go-ahead. Chancellor George Osborne is expected to confirm the decision on Friday (27 February). It means that from April 2016, control over regional healthcare spending decisions will pass from NHS England to local politicians, clinical commissioning groups and NHS trusts. However, actual budget control will not take place... Readmore

UKIP healthcare policy: £3bn more pledged for frontline NHS services

UKIP has today (Tuesday 23 February) announced a string of healthcare policy pledges - including an extra £3bn for NHS frontline services. Party leader Nigel Farage also pledged to fund elderly social care to the tune of £1bn per year, boost dementia funding by £130m per year, give NHS staff a pay rise, and promised to scrap hospital parking charges. Health tourism, which costs the NHS around £2bn per year, would also be clamped down on according to Mr Farage. "UKIP is committed to an NHS that... Readmore
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