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Updated: Government offers BMA talks on junior doctors contract

HSJ - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 13:11
The government has agreed to pause its planned imposition of a new junior doctors contract from Monday – but only if the British Medical Association agrees to talk about Saturday pay rates.
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Breaking: Government offers BMA talks on junior doctors contract

HSJ - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 13:11
The government has agreed to pause its planned imposition of a new junior doctors contract from Monday – but only if the British Medical Association agrees to talk about Saturday pay rates.
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Poll: Two-thirds believe UK spends too little on NHS

HSJ - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 13:01
Almost two-thirds of people in the UK believe too little public money is spent on health care, according to a new poll.
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Commissioners to expand alternative to QOF

HSJ - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 12:31
COMMISSIONING: A clinical commissioning group that suspended parts of the GP quality and outcomes framework is planning to expand its alternative payment scheme.
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London trust records £135m deficit

HSJ - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 12:03
FINANCE: Barts Health Trust ended 2015-16 with a deficit of £134.9m, board papers reveal.
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Understanding pressures in general practice

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 10:39

The King's Fund -
Increasing demands on general practice over the past five years – not just a heavier workload but the increasing complexity and intensity of work – have led to a feeling of crisis. The NHS is finding it difficult to recruit and retain sufficient GPs who want to do full-time, patient-facing work. This report looks at patient factors, system factors and supply-side issues to see what lies behind this increasing pressure on general practice. It finds that despite GPs being at the heart of the health care system, a lack of nationally available, real-time data has made their changing workload largely invisible to commissioners and policy-makers.

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Mental health trust expands into Abu Dhabi

HSJ - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 08:00
COMMERCIAL: A leading mental health trust has opened specialist services in Abu Dhabi.
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'Remarkable' trust given CQC’s top rating

HSJ - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 01:01
Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust has become the fourth in the country to be rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission.
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Northumbria chief: NHS leaders should 'grasp the nettle' on reconfiguration

HSJ - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 01:01
The chief executive of Northumbria Healthcare Foundation trust has said NHS leaders should “grasp the nettle” when it comes to reconfiguring acute services, but warned that such initiatives take time to deliver.
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Daily Insight: NHS England's tricky day in court

HSJ - Wed, 04/05/2016 - 18:42
The must read stories and talking points from Wednesday
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Judge criticises NHS England for 'totally irrational' drug decision

HSJ - Wed, 04/05/2016 - 17:48
NHS England will be ordered by the High Court to provide funding to treat a teenager with a severe neurological condition after a judge criticised its “thoroughly bad decision” and “absurd” policy.
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North East trust tops sickness absence table for third year

HSJ - Wed, 04/05/2016 - 13:04
An acute trust has topped the hospital trust sickness absence table for three years in a row, new data reveals.
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The 3rd national emergency department survey of alcohol identification and intervention activity

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 04/05/2016 - 12:13

Alcohol Research UK -
This research shows that emergency departments in England have increased the level of alcohol screening for adults - with the offer of specialist support for those attending with alcohol-related health problems and for those who frequently attend. However, it also shows that while most emergency departments attending to under-18s ask them about their drinking few do so routinely. It concludes that this needs to improve to ensure young people considered to be at risk of developing drink-related ill health receive the specialist support they need.

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Trust blames 'bad behaviour' of neighbouring providers for staff shortage

HSJ - Wed, 04/05/2016 - 11:41
WORKFORCE: A financially stricken foundation trust has blamed “bad behaviour” of neighbouring trusts breaking agency spending caps for its staff shortages.
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NHS Improvement to check waiting lists of 60 trusts

HSJ - Wed, 04/05/2016 - 08:00
NHS Improvement has launched a £2m project to see how many patients on trust waiting lists for elective procedures are real people needing treatment and how many have been misrecorded.
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NHS England faces court battle in drug discrimination claim

HSJ - Wed, 04/05/2016 - 08:00
NHS England will appear at the High Court on Wednesday accused of discriminating against a teenager who has been denied a drug already available to hundreds of other NHS patients.
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Analysis: NHS Improvement can make RTT picture clearer, not prettier

HSJ - Wed, 04/05/2016 - 08:00
News of NHS Improvement’s waiting times validation project comes at an interesting point for those affected by referral to treatment data.
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Daily Insight: 'Deeply disappointing' day at St George's

HSJ - Tue, 03/05/2016 - 18:30
HSJ’s round-up of Tuesday’s must read stories
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A rough guide to early action: seven stories of how society is acting earlier

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 03/05/2016 - 16:16

Community Links -  

This case study report showcases seven stories of services and projects from across the UK that have acted earlier in dealing with social problems. It is part of an ongoing project from the Early Action Task Force, hosted by Community Links and supported by the Big Lottery Fund.

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Registration refused: a study on access to GP registration in England

NHS Evidence - health management - Tue, 03/05/2016 - 15:29

Registration refused: a study on access to GP registration in England

Doctors of the World

This report finds that at least two in five people attempting to register with doctor’s surgeries are being wrongly refused. The biggest barrier was people's inability to provide paperwork – be that ID or proof of address or immigration status. Everyone living in the UK is entitled to free primary care and NHS guidelines issued in November 2015 state that patients do not need proof of ID or address to register and see a doctor, but inconsistent and unclear guidance in the past has led to confusion in some practices that mean people are still being turned away by surgery staff.

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