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Government urged to increase medical legal costs cap

21.04.17: The government should take further action to put a cap on legal costs incurred from clinical negligence cases to limit the amount of money lost by the NHS, the Medical Protection Society (MPS) has today stated. A consultation into introduci...

Why training and development has an important role to play in NHS finance

04.04.17: Paul Briddock, director of policy at the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), discusses the benefits of training and development in NHS finance for health professionals. The news agenda has been awash with headlines about the...

GPs slam ‘scandalous’ NHS England for failing to release resilience funds

27.03.17: The £40m resilience fund is failing to be filtered down to help GP practices in need, a survey conducted by the British Medical Association (BMA) has revealed. The fund was announced in 2016 as a four-year plan split into £16m t...

NHSI place another three trusts in financial special measures

23.03.17: Three more trusts will be placed into financial special measures to assist them with meeting savings plans, NHS Improvement (NHSI) has revealed. But the NHS Confederation’s CEO claims that there is a real danger that vital efforts to trans...

BMA: Government must come clean about ‘cheap tricks’ on STP funding

22.03.17: The government has employed “cheap tricks” to mask its real intentions for sustainability and transformation plan (STP) funding, the British Medical Association (BMA) has claimed after it was revealed that promised investment for STP...

Back-office efficiencies could save over £400m a year, claims NHSI

15.03.17: Improving the efficiency of NHS corporate services costs could save the health service over £400m in the next three years if all trusts performed as well as the average, NHS Improvement (NHSI) hhas claimed. By looking into corporate s...

Real impact of NHS financial crisis ‘slipping under the radar’

14.03.17: Financial pressures being placed on the NHS is leading to care being harder to access and of increasingly lower quality, a new report released by the King’s Fund has warned. The findings, called ‘Understanding NHS Financial Pres...

Leaders call for new money as Budget does ‘nothing’ to address NHS funding gap

09.03.17: Whilst extra funding for social care is a step forward for improving the condition of healthcare, doctors have raised concern that it will not do enough from saving the NHS from a situation which was described as close to “Armageddon&rdquo...

£100m A&E triage schemes boost ‘better spent shoring up general practice’

09.03.17: The government will provide £100m of capital investment, available immediately, to support up to 100 triage projects at English A&Es in time for next winter, Philip Hammond has revealed in the Spring Budget. Speaking at the House...

Extra STP cash ‘pointless’ if NHS budget is raided to plug running costs

09.03.17: The chancellor’s decision to back the first tranche of good-to-go STPs with £325m over the next three years, with more money to come in this year’s Autumn Statement, is an “important recognition that transformation needs...

NHS crisis must be addressed to avoid imminent Armageddon, warns IHM

08.03.17: NHS ‘Armageddon’ can only be avoided if the government looks to fix problems within the NHS and healthcare and not just social care, a statement released by the Institute of Healthcare Management (IHM) has warned Phillip Hammond ahea...

BMA calls for £10bn budget boost to match European health spending

06.03.17: The UK should follow the example of other leading economies and provide £10bn extra funding for health care when Phillip Hammond announces the Spring Budget on Wednesday, a letter penned by British Medical Association (BMA) chair Dr Mark P...

Unite demands Hammond to ‘open chequebook’ for NHS at Spring Budget

02.03.17: Chancellor Phillip Hammond has been urged by the Unite union to “open the cheque book” and provide fresh funding for health and social care in his Spring budget next week. With the union gearing up for a pro-NHS protest in the c...

PAC: Recovery plan for STP areas in ‘severe financial difficulty’ needed by March

27.02.17: A new report by the Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has set out a number of urgent recommendations for the NHS, including the need for the government to set out a “transparent and clear” transformation plan that will make the...

NHSI admits system is unsustainable as Q3 deficit soars over £800m

20.02.17: NHS trusts have been hit hard by record winter demand as quarter three figures released by NHS Improvement (NHSI) today found that the total deficit for providers sits at £873m – which is £300m worse than the target of £5...

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Cancer Drugs Fund delivered ‘no meaningful value’ to patients

28/04/2017Cancer Drugs Fund delivered ‘no meaningful value’ to patients

The Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) set up by David Cameron to pay for medicine for over 100,000 people was not good value for money, despite costing the... more >
Health committee urges DH to draw up plan for post-Brexit uncertainty

28/04/2017Health committee urges DH to draw up plan for post-Brexit uncertainty

The Department of Health (DH) have been told to put contingency plans in place to prepare for the effect that Brexit could have on the health and... more >
STPs will not succeed where BCF has failed, warn MPs

28/04/2017STPs will not succeed where BCF has failed, warn MPs

MPs have slammed the government for the failure of the Better Care Fund (BCF) to achieve any of its objectives, arguing that they are unconvinced... more >

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22/03/2017New additions and unexpected announcements

As NHE went to press, many of us were still recovering from the chancellor’s unexpected health announcements in his last Spring Budget.   While the sector welcomed Philip Hammond’s revelations, centered on capital funding for advanced sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) and A&E triage schemes (page 24), the government failed to address the funding gap still facing the NHS.   Even the &... read more >

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Foreign patient charges are a distraction from the real issues

Foreign patient charges are a distraction from the real issues

Vivek Kotecha, research officer at the Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI), explains why the charging of foreign patients distracts from our home-grown NHS issues.  The Dep... more > more last word articles >

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Labour’s pledge to raise wages for ‘underpaid and overworked’ NHS staff

26/04/2017Labour’s pledge to raise wages for ‘underpaid and overworked’ NHS staff

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth will today outline a major campaign pledge to axe the NHS pay cap, saying that staff are “underpaid and overworked”. The change is predicted to cost the NHS around £1bn, however Labour say that this is the price the government should pay to show hardworking NHS staff that they ar... more >
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A single approach for purchasing HCTEDs

11/04/2017A single approach for purchasing HCTEDs

Andy Leary, finance director of specialised commissioning (National) at NHS England, discusses the new system for buying and supplying high-cost ... more >
Filling the void and standardising security

07/04/2017Filling the void and standardising security

Jayne King, chair of the National Association for Healthcare Security (NAHS) and head of security, portering and reception services at Guy’... more >
Fear barriers to help-seeking in the UK

07/04/2017Fear barriers to help-seeking in the UK

Jon Paxman, 2020health senior researcher, explains why reducing fear barriers may be essential to promoting timely help-seeking, improving health... more >
Considerable scope for improving how local areas tackle smoking

07/04/2017Considerable scope for improving how local areas tackle smoking

Amanda Sandford, information manager at Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), discusses the need to strengthen local relationships in tackling smok... more >


Tight timetable for nursing associate  regulation

28/03/2017Tight timetable for nursing associate regulation

Jackie Smith, chief executive at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), talks to NHE’s David Stevenson about the challenges her organisat... more >
Improving the flow

13/02/2017Improving the flow

Glen Burley, chief executive of South Warwickshire NHS FT, explains how his organisation has been able to improve patient flow through its emerge... more >
Leadership development should be for all in health and care

07/12/2016Leadership development should be for all in health and care

Back in August, Stephen Hart joined Health Education England (HEE) as the organisation’s new director of leadership development, which incl... more >
The powerful link between staff and patient satisfaction

03/10/2016The powerful link between staff and patient satisfaction

David Behan CBE, chief executive of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), talks to NHE about the correlation between high rates of staff satisfactio... more >

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