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Eleventh-hour pickets

10/02/2016Eleventh-hour pickets

Despite some genuine attempts to dodge the final of what ended up being just two strike spells, junior doctors have walked out today over longstanding issues in a thorny contract dispute with the government. The BMA called off the second st... 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 ... read 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 Professionals, discusses how trusts are responding to the recently introduced agency price caps. ... 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 Association (HCSA) and a director of procurement in the NHS, looks back over the last year and gives... more >
Urgent referral for suspected cancer linked to saving lives

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

Professor Henrik Møller, epidemiologist at King’s College London, discusses how use of the two-week urgent referral for suspected ca... 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 >

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Encouraging staff wellbeing in health and care

21/01/2016Encouraging staff wellbeing in health and care

Alison Kingscott, director of human resources and organisational development at Salisbury NHS F... more >
Tackling cyber security collectively

21/01/2016Tackling cyber security collectively

Dan Taylor, programme head of cyber security at the Health and Social Care Information Centre, ... more >

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Controversial Leicester NHS contract scrapped four years early

11/02/2016Controversial Leicester NHS contract scrapped four years early

Moves to scrap a controversial £300m contract with NHS trusts in Leicestershire four years early have been welcomed by a trade union. ... more >
UPDATE - Hunt confirms contracts will be imposed

11/02/2016UPDATE - Hunt confirms contracts will be imposed

12.30pm UPDATE The health secretary confirmed in his statement that the contract will be imposed. Jeremy Hunt told the House of Commons... more >
Nearly two-thirds of NHS complainants unhappy with outcome

10/02/2016Nearly two-thirds of NHS complainants unhappy with outcome

Nearly two-thirds of complainants to NHS organisations were not happy with the treatment their complaint received, according to new research. ... more >
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