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Landmark study finds link between staffing levels and patient outcomes

HSJ - Fri, 16/12/2016 - 00:01
An innovative new study into nurse staffing levels at an NHS trust has identified a “calculable” link between nurse numbers and patient outcomes.
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Daily Insight: All the pieces of the STP puzzle

HSJ - Thu, 15/12/2016 - 17:30
The must read stories in health from Thursday
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CCG manager convicted of £153,600 fraud

HSJ - Thu, 15/12/2016 - 12:59
A senior clinical commissioning group manager and a leading GP on its board defrauded the NHS of £153,600 set aside to treat patients over winter into the bank account of a company they controlled.
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Millions diverted to social care from new homes bonus scheme

HSJ - Thu, 15/12/2016 - 12:45
Communities secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed councils will be able to raise the social care precept by 3 per cent in each of the next two years and that £240m is to be diverted from a housing scheme to fund social care services.
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Analysis: South East to benefit most from social care precept rise

HSJ - Thu, 15/12/2016 - 11:40
The government’s decision to allow a 3 per cent rise in council tax precept next year to deal with social care pressures offers councils an average of £1.4m extra, analysis by HSJ’s sister title Local Government Chronicle shows.
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Emergency department to close as part of £245m savings plan

HSJ - Thu, 15/12/2016 - 11:12
An accident and emergency department will close in Staffordshire along with 100 community hospital beds, according to the Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent sustainability and transformation plan.
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Paying for performance for health care in low- and middle-income countries: an economic perspective

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 15/12/2016 - 10:33

Centre for Health Economics -
Pay for Performance (P4P) arrangements, which are fixtures of health systems in high-income countries (HIC), have been deployed across many low- and middle-income country (LMIC) settings as well. P4P programs in HICs have typically addressed the challenge of ‘over delivery’, controlling costs while maintaining adequate services and getting the best clinical practice, or quality of care. In LMICs, health systems are similarly concerned with issues of quality, but they may also grapple with problems of low demand, lack of resources and poor governance. This paper draws on experiences with P4P in HIC to assess how the insights from economic theory apply in practice in LMICs.

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CQC seeks change in powers to 'favour' patients

HSJ - Thu, 15/12/2016 - 07:00
The Care Quality Commission has asked the Department of Health to change its regulations so they “operate in favour” of service users.
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Major hospital rated inadequate for second time

HSJ - Thu, 15/12/2016 - 00:01
Whipps Cross Hospital, the main acute site for Barts Health Trust, has been rated inadequate for second time by the Care Quality Commission.
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Daily Insight: Full steam ahead for merger

HSJ - Wed, 14/12/2016 - 17:49
HSJ’s round-up of Wednesday’s must read stories
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CCGs' financial forecast deteriorates by £70m in a month

HSJ - Wed, 14/12/2016 - 16:04
The forecast overspend by clinical commissioning groups this year has increased by almost £70m in the last month, as local leaders struggle to hit efficiency targets.
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Exclusive: Trusts could be refused bailouts to pay suppliers

HSJ - Wed, 14/12/2016 - 15:55
The Department of Health has warned NHS trusts they could be refused cash bailouts even when suppliers are refusing to deal with them due to late payments.
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Shaping healthy cities and economies: the role of clinical commissioning

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 14/12/2016 - 12:05

NHS Clinical Commissioners - 
This report showcases how clinical leaders in England’s core cities - the eight largest cities outside of London - are looking at how the services they commission can improve not only the health but social and economic wellbeing of their populations. The report finds that in these areas, clinical commissioners are working with a wide range of partners to go beyond traditional boundaries to combat health inequalities and social exclusion, increase skills and employment and to attract inward investment to help realise the potential of their local economies.

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Universal healthcare without the NHS: towards a patient-centred health system

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 14/12/2016 - 12:02

Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) - 
This report recommends that the NHS emulates the best elements of various European health care systems, whilst retaining universal health care access, in order to improve the quality of care and performance. Proposals include opening the market to both non-profit and for-profit insurers, and the introduction of tax rebates for patients wishing to opt out of NHS care.

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Trusts set February deadline for merger

HSJ - Wed, 14/12/2016 - 11:51
Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Birmingham Women’s Hospital foundation trusts will integrate by 1 February 2017, the providers have confirmed.
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New chief executive for Midlands trust revealed

HSJ - Wed, 14/12/2016 - 11:10
The Dudley Group Foundation Trust has appointed Diane Wake as its new chief executive.
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Social care precept could rise to 3 per cent

HSJ - Wed, 14/12/2016 - 10:54
The government is set to allow councils to raise council tax by 6 per cent over the next two years to boost funding for social care, HSJ’s sister title Local Government Chronicle has reported.
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Revealed: 13 services could be decommissioned at major hospital trust

HSJ - Wed, 14/12/2016 - 10:34
One of the largest acute trusts in the country faces 13 services being decommissioned and 17 being redesigned by July, a leaked document has revealed.
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Capital question hangs over landmark hospital closure

HSJ - Wed, 14/12/2016 - 07:00
Consultation is under way over the future of patients at England’s last standalone learning disability hospital has begun, but capital funding for proposed changes has yet to be approved.
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Hunt: Health and care need 'greater share of resources'

HSJ - Tue, 13/12/2016 - 18:43
Jeremy Hunt has said a “greater share of our national resources” will need to be spent on health and social care, and defended the country’s “tax payer funded” health system.
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