GMB Union Speaks Out Over Barnsley Hospital Cuts

The GMB union has indicated its opposition to significant cuts in services at Barnsley Hospital. Members of the union are said to be extremely concerned about the potential risk to patient safety. And the hierarchy of the GMB union has issued a statement indicating their view that it is “only a matter of time before there is a serious incident”. The cuts in question are effectively worth £3.5 million of services at the South Yorkshire hospital. In particular, services related to women and strokes... Readmore

Unite Union Critical of £410K NHS Executive Pay-Off

The Unite union has criticised the decision to award a pay-off of £410,000 to the chief executive of the NHS Trust Development Authority. David Flory, a close adviser to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, quit as chief executive of the NHS Trust Development Authority. This was described as “a disgraceful reward for mediocre performance” by Unite. The decision was considered particularly controversial considering that MPs are due to debate capping public sector pay-offs at £95,000 in the coming... Readmore

Ipsos MORI Poll Finds Public Support for Seven-Day NHS

An Ipsos MORI poll has indicated that there is considerable public confusion regarding the supposed need for seven-day NHS services, but that the concept is broadly supported. A majority of respondents to a survey carried out by the polling institution indicated that they believed seven-day services are being implemented for reasons of convenience. In fact, the government has asserted that this new ethos needs to be put in place in order to improve weekend mortality rates. A more positive sign... Readmore

Simon Stevens to face House of Commons Health Committee

Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, is to give oral evidence to the House of Commons Health Committee from 9.30 am today, Tuesday 21 July. The Committee is expected to question Mr Stevens on a variety of matters affecting the NHS, including the financial performance of the NHS, prevention and public health, the NHS workforce and staffing, urgent and emergency care, mental health services, and the post-Francis Review progress on changing culture in the NHS. Ahead of the session, the Committee... Readmore

NHS wastes billions of pounds claims Keogh

Sir Bruce Keogh, the UK’s most senior doctor, has claimed that thousands of hospital operations are unnecessary and that the NHS has a “profligate” attitude to its finances with billions of pounds being wasted. Speaking to the Sunday Telegraph, NHS England's medical director said that approximately one in seven surgical treatments were not actually needed and that the NHS should be able to admit that this was the reality. Sir Bruce said: “We know a substantial proportion of expenditure... Readmore

Green Paper to set out new proposals to strengthen NHS Wales

A new legal duty of candour for all NHS staff and a joint inspectorate for health and social services are among a number of proposals for future legislation being put forward by the Welsh Government. Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford has announced that there will be a Green Paper to gather views on the proposals which are designed to strengthen the NHS in Wales. Other ideas contained in the Green Paper include: (i)common standards to apply to all Welsh NHS services and independent... Readmore

Stevens sets out his NHS vision for the next five years

In a far-reaching speech made today in the West Midlands, NHS Chief Executive Simon Stevens set out his vision for the NHS. Mr Stevens said: “Last Autumn the Health Service came together to chart a shared direction for our country’s NHS. Patients groups, caring professionals, national leaders - uniting behind the NHS’ own ‘manifesto’ for the next five years. It’s a plan for better health, more personalised care, and a financially sustainable Health Service. An NHS which at all times... Readmore

Jeremy Hunt to continue as Health Secretary confirms Cameron

Jeremy Hunt is to remain in his role as the Secretary of State for Health, Prime Minister David Cameron announced today. Mr Hunt has held the post since September 2012, succeeding Andrew Lansley. Commenting on the reappointment, NHS Confederation Chief Executive Rob Webster said: "I would like to congratulate Jeremy Hunt on his reappointment and I look forward to continuing to work with him as we tackle the biggest challenges in the NHS for a generation. His reappointment provides stability... Readmore

Monitor agrees plan with King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to improve services

Following an investigation by healthcare financial regulator Monitor, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has agreed to take steps to reduce waiting times for patients and improve its financial position. Monitor carried out an investigation at King’s last month after the trust failed to resolve long-standing problems at the Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH), which the trust took over in October 2013. Although Monitor has recognised that progress towards improving services... Readmore

NHS takes action on inequality with new workforce standards

All NHS organisations need to ensure employees from black and ethnic minority (BME) backgrounds have equal access to career opportunities and receive fair treatment in the workplace say new standards published this week. From 1 April 2015, the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) requires NHS organisations to demonstrate progress against a number of indicators of workforce equality, including a specific indicator to address the low levels of black and minority ethnic board representation. The... Readmore

NHS England approves first CCGs to take on commissioning of GP services

NHS England has given its approval for the first set of GP-led Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to take responsibility for commissioning the majority of GP services. 64 CCGs across the country have been approved to take on greater ‘delegated’ commissioning responsibility for GP services and others may follow. ‘Delegated’ responsibility from NHS England means that CCGs will be able to commission general medical services.  “This is a journey to enable local commissioning arrangements... Readmore

DH launches consultation on proposed changes to NHS Constitution

The Department of Health (DH) has launched a new consultation on proposed changes to the NHS Constitution. The proposed changes are a direct response to the recommendations made by Sir Robert Francis QC in his Freedom to Speak Up Review (published on 11 February). Amongst several proposals, the Government is looking to amend the NHS Constitution to: (i) give greater prominence to mental health; (ii) reflect the importance of access to transparent and comparable data; (ii) include the Armed... Readmore
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