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

New NHS Reforms Outlined by NHS England

NHS England has outlined a raft of measures intended to ensure that the healthcare system deliers high quality GP services for patients and staff in the next two years. The healthcare body stated that the measure effectively reaffirms its commitment to transforming primary care and general practice. Reforms set out in the General Practice Forward View one year ago will now come into force. And NHS England has announced this approach at a time when the organisation is ready to set out its delivery... Readmore

NHS England Announces New Bed Funding

NHS England has announced the next steps in its initiative to ensure that children and young people don’t have to travel far from home for mental health care, funding between 150-180 new beds. The increase will be focused on those who are most unwell, be dependent on need and placed in under-served parts of the country. It is a stated priority of the NHS to stop children and young people reaching crisis point by diagnosing and treating them at the earliest opportunity. And the number receiving... Readmore

NHS Trusts Heading for £500 Million Deficit

The body responsible for representing NHS trusts has warned that the organisations will accumulate a collective deficit in excess of £500 million over the next 12 months. It was hoped that NHS trusts would return to financial parity in the 2017/18 financial year. But NHS Providers suggests that in the existing financial climate this target will be unachievable. Chris Hopson, the chief executive of NHS Providers, outlined the current struggle that critical NHS organisations are experiencing... Readmore

Health Systems to be Judged on Growth in Emergency Admissions and Bed Days

NHS England has announced a new scheme that will hold healthcare systems to account based on growth in emergency admissions and bad days. The new approach will assess how well the growth in these critical aspects of the healthcare system can be contained, with the assessment taking place over a two-year period. Simon Stevens suggested that this new initiative is critical to the success of the sustainability and transformation program. “The level of emergency admissions will be a key new metric... Readmore
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