Management consultants cash in on NHS shake-up

A senior NHS adviser has warned that management consultants hired by the NHS are behaving like “racketeers” and “arms dealers” in times of war – making vast “spoils” from the Government’s reorganisation of the health service. management consultants hired by the NHS are behaving like “racketeers” and “arms dealers” in times of war – making […]

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NHS owes public more accountability

An MP has argued that having a budget of £95.6bn means the NHS should be more transparent. He described the NHS as ‘opaque and confused’, and suggested it owed the public far more accountability than it has provided. It was described as being ‘poorly understood even in central government and where accountability is confused, overlapping […]

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Mental health trusts see slash in funding

Sending patients outside of local area impacts on budget NHS mental health trusts have had to reduce beds and staff available to cope with real term funding cuts, contributed to by having to send patients away from home for care. The Health Service Journal investigation of all 57 NHS mental health providers showed a 2.3% […]

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One in four acute trusts need bailout funds

£605 million dished out for interim support The Department of Health gave bailout funding to one in four hospital trusts last year, with several organisations receiving aid worth more than 10% of their turnover. Figures show that £605 million was paid out in interim support to 35 trusts over 2013/14, as more providers went into […]

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Save Our Surgeries campaign fights for funding

21,000 signature petition is delivered to Downing Street Campaigners who are fighting new funding arrangements for GP surgeries took a 21,000 signature petition to Downing Street’s front door in protest. The Save our Surgeries group are urging NHS England to cease funding cuts, claiming that 22 practices across Newham, Tower Hamlets and Hackney could be […]

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Can localised services combat waiting list pressures?

Healthcare expert pinpoints flexible approach as waiting list solution Vanguard Healthcare chief executive Ian Gillespie believes a locally led approach can combat failed hospital waiting time targets. Writing in the Health Service Journal, Mr Gillespie notes that despite many people claiming recent pressures are seasonal, waiting lists are in fact at an all time high, […]

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More NHS trusts hit financial problems

Auditors raise concerns over 19 hospital trusts The Audit Commission have referred 19 NHS trusts to ministers because of concerns about their financial health. The referrals were made after a review of 98 trusts, which run a combination of hospital, ambulance and community services. The 19 trusts in question have been passed over to ministers because […]

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Is funding crisis real?

Health minister dismisses claims that NHS finances are heading into crisis Junior health minister Dan Poulter has ignored warnings from leading think tank Nuffield Trust, disputing their claims that the NHS could experience a funding crisis before the 2015 general election. The report ‘Into the Red’ revealed that NHS budgets would continue to deteriorate this […]

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