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Planned Carter savings ‘only the tip of the iceberg’

08/02/2016Planned Carter savings ‘only the tip of the iceberg’

National healthcare bodies have underlined the scale of NHS challenges ahead as many claimed Lord Carter’s recommendations are just the tip of the iceberg of overall necessary savings. ... more >
Hospitals must comply with ‘best in class’ performance model – Carter

05/02/2016Hospitals must comply with ‘best in class’ performance model – Carter

Hospitals across the NHS will have to comply with a single integrated performance framework based on a ‘model hospital’ from July, which will include a set reporting cycle from the wa... more >
Just 2% of GP practices think workload is ‘generally manageable’

03/02/2016Just 2% of GP practices think workload is ‘generally manageable’

Only one in 50 GP practices in England have a workload that they generally manageable or low, with over half arguing that the quality of services is deteriorating because of rising pressures, the... more >
Carter calls for DH to establish new energy efficiency fund

08/02/2016Carter calls for DH to establish new energy efficiency fund

Lord Carter of Coles has called on the Depart... more >
Planned Carter savings ‘only the tip of the iceberg’

08/02/2016Planned Carter savings ‘only the tip of the iceberg’

National healthcare bodies have underlined th... more >
‘Inefficient’ Cancer Drugs Fund has cut across work of NICE, say MPs

05/02/2016‘Inefficient’ Cancer Drugs Fund has cut across work of NICE, say MPs

The Cancer Drugs Fund has not been managed ef... more >
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Dalton couldn’t do it

03/02/2016Dalton couldn’t do it

Although the BMA only had praises to sing about Salford Royal’s Sir David Dalton last week (dumping all of its concerns over the junior doctor contract negotiations exclusively on the government), Dalton has not been as receptive to the union’s participation in talks. In a lett... more >
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Capping, bank conversion and collaboration key to tackling agency spend

26/01/2016Capping, bank conversion and collaboration key to tackling agency spend

Stephen Dangerfield, chief executive of NHS P... more >
The impact of last year’s procurement regulation changes

11/01/2016The impact of last year’s procurement regulation changes

Helen Lisle, chair of the Health Care Supply ... more >
Urgent referral for suspected cancer linked to saving lives

29/11/2015Urgent referral for suspected cancer linked to saving lives

Professor Henrik Møller, epidemiologis... more >
‘Leadership isn’t based on a single trajectory’

29/11/2015‘Leadership isn’t based on a single trajectory’

Professor Wendy Reid, Health Education Englan... more >

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Tips for women moving up in the NHS

28/01/2016Tips for women moving up in the NHS

Karen Lynas, interim managing director of the... more >
Setting the standards for electronic documents and records

27/01/2016Setting the standards for electronic documents and records

Jan Hoogewerf, Health Informatics Unit progra... more >
A game-changer for NHS finance

26/01/2016A game-changer for NHS finance

Paul Briddock, director of policy at the Heal... more >
Finding your place: What does the planning guidance mean for local leaders?

25/01/2016Finding your place: What does the planning guidance mean for local leaders?

Miriam Deakin, head of policy at NHS Provider... more >

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01/01/2016Do we need another commission?

While it is good to see real impetus behind a new cross-party commission on health and social care involving ex-health ministers from the three main parties in England, I do wonder whether they will simply end up re-treading the same ground that was combed over in exhaustive detail by the Barker Commission.  The final report from that body is still available online and should be read, as should the plea from the same commissioners in November lamenting the lack of progress on the... read more >

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Time for a change

Time for a change

Professor David Haslam, chair of the National Obesity Forum, says lifestyle changes are vital as the cost to our society of obesity continues to rise. When someone as eminent as Dame Sally Davies equates obesity to terrorism as a threat to ... more > more last word articles >