St George’s University Hospitals Foundation Trust Faces Estate Scrutiny

A new £200 million estates plan will attempt to ensure that a struggling foundation trust is fit for purpose. St George’s University Hospitals Foundation Trust constructed this formal strategy at the behest of NHS Improvement, following a sub-par performance in a Care Quality Commission inspection. Indeed, the commission issues a warning notice to the trust for breaches in regulations related to safe and fit premises; one of the most damning assessments that the commission has conducted... Readmore

NHS Spending Facing Real Terms Cuts According to Institute for Fiscal Studies

Public policy analysis has revealed that NHS funding will fall by 1.3% in real terms by the end of the decade. This will be due to the growth and ageing of the population, while inflation will also play a role in this phenomenon. Research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) indicates that Department of Health spending will have increased by 12% in real terms since 2009. This will outstrip population growth over the same period, once the age structure of the same population is taken... Readmore

Less than 20% of Special Measures Trusts Have Made Satisfactory Improvements

Less than 20% of trusts that have been placed in special measures due to inadequate care have improved satisfactorily in order to be removed within 12 months. In total, 27 trusts have been placed in special measures by the Care Quality Commission since 2013. Yet only five have been able to exit this circumstance within a twelve- month period, and all of these were from the original eleven placed in the regime in 2013. Regulators guidance from 2014 states that “it is intended that the usual... Readmore

£100 Million Compensation Bill for North East NHS Over Last Two Years

The compensation bill for mistakes in the NHS in the north east reached over £100 million over the last two years, according to official data. Figures indicate that clinical negligence claims reached a total of £108,367,7062 in 2014/15 and 2015/16. This represents a significant rise over the £78 million that was paid out over the two previous financial years. Hospital leaders responded to the figures by stating that the complex medical cases that the north east NHS region has been forced... Readmore

BMA Leaders Provide Warning for Theresa May

BMA leaders have warned the government that it must put the NHS at the forefront of campaigning for the forthcoming general election. Dr Mark Porter, the chair of the British Medical Association, warned that the NHS faces being marginalised by the focus on Brexit. “Health is always one of the most important issues for the people of this country and with the NHS at breaking point, having been put through one of the worst winters on record, it must be a central issue in the upcoming election.... Readmore

New Measures Set Out for Health Economies Requiring Bailouts

National leaders are introducing spending measures for health economies considered to be living off bailouts. This may result in its own NHS contracts being revised for the existing financial year. NHS England and NHS Improvement have implemented this process in order to curb spending. The focus will be particularly on the combined financial performance providers and commissioners within a particular health economy achieve. It has been decided by the authorities that consultancy firms... Readmore

NHS Trust Bailed Out by Military Charity

A struggling NHS trust has been bailed out with money from a military charity. A huge backlog of ex-troops has built up asking the South West Veterans Mental Health Service for assistance. And in order to meet the demand, the service, overseen by Avon and Wiltshire Partnership NHS Trust, acquired a grand with £390,000 from Help for Heroes. Commenting in the Commons, several MPs indicated their disgust about the lack of funding for veterans. Campaigners state that the number of traumatised... Readmore

NHS PFI Schemes Receive Major Criticism

New PFI deals will see hospitals pay £10 billion back in loans for hospitals that cost only £2 billion to build. The figures have drawn criticism from unions in particular. It has been revealed that NHS boards will have to make repayments of £285 million in the existing calendar year alone. Dave Watson, head of policy at Unison Scotland, responsible for representing 60,000 NHS workers, was strongly critical of the PFI programme. “These toxic contracts are having a damaging impact... Readmore

Local Commissioners Set to be Scrutinised by National Officials

NHS England has warned local commissioners that offer providers extra income in order to deliver financial targets that they could be personally scrutinised by national officials. In announcing this intention, NHS England hopes to ensure that the NHS system operates more prudently. And reports have indicated that discretionary payments have already been discussed between trusts and clinical commissioning groups, with the hope of ensuring sustainability and transformation funding is delivered. Extra... Readmore

Labour Critical of NHS Hedge Fund Plan

A major argument is brewing over plans to borrow £10 billion from hedge funds in order to finance hospital repair and infrastructure projects in the NHS. Health bosses believe that low interest rates make this proposition an enviable prospect. Thus, it has been suggested that an infrastructure funded partly by private cash could enable local services to apply, and create a flexible pot of funding. Senior NHS executives are already discussing the matter with several hedge funds, and Jim Mackey,... Readmore

Care Quality Commission to Review GP Special Measures Scheme

The Care Quality Commission has signalled its intention to review the way that its GP special measures scheme operates. Poorly-performing practices will be dealt with in what the commission describes as a ‘lighter touch’ inspection model from October. The scheme provides a framework and timeframe for inadequate practices to improve, but is set to be axed under new plans documented by the Care Quality Commission. A spokesman indicated that the commission is presently investigating how it should... Readmore

NHS England Extends Remit of the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer

NHS England has extended the remit of the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer to two additional regulated professions. Since 1 April 2017, Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) and Osteopaths have joined the existing 12 health professionals currently within the remit of the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer at NHS England. This new representation will support wider professional engagement and shared working initiatives for NHS England and the 14 professions. This will involve... Readmore
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