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50 million patients 'will be turned away' by GPs

HSJ - Mon, 28/07/2014 - 13:39
The number of times GP surgeries in England are forced to turn away patients for appointments next year will pass the 50 million mark, new research predicts.
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£1.2bn Staffordshire procurement defended

HSJ - Mon, 28/07/2014 - 13:31
Most cancer and end of life care services in Staffordshire are expected to be provided by the NHS following a £1.2bn contract procurement, one of the directors behind the commissioning process has said.
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Major reorganisation of specialist cancer and cardiac treatment approved

HSJ - Mon, 28/07/2014 - 12:08
A reorganisation of specialist cancer and cardiac treatment across north east London and West Essex that will see two major hospitals host one specialism each was given the green light by commissioners last week.
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TDA investigates why winter pressures have continued into summer

HSJ - Mon, 28/07/2014 - 11:43
The NHS Trust Development Authority has launched an investigation into the ‘unexpectedly high’ demand for acute services that has seen ‘winter’ pressures continue into the summer.
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Health service bodies' auditor panels and their independence: consultation

NHS Evidence - health management - Mon, 28/07/2014 - 10:51

Department of Health (DH) - 
These proposed regulations establish how auditor panels or audit committees will be set up so they can advise on the appointment and management of local auditors, and give advice on non-audit work. This consultation seeks views on the regulations on the form and independence of auditor panels for NHS trusts and CCGs. The consultation closes on 12 September 2014.

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HSJ Live 28.07.2014: Help us find the top clinical leaders in healthcare

HSJ - Mon, 28/07/2014 - 10:44
Nominate the people making the greatest impact in high quality, safe care for patients, plus the rest of today’s news and comment
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CQC drags Grant Thornton into libel court case

HSJ - Mon, 28/07/2014 - 08:00
The regulators has lodged a High Court claim against Grant Thornton in a bid to curb potential losses from its imminent legal clash with its former deputy chief executive
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CQC drags Grant Thornton into libel court case

HSJ Workforce - Mon, 28/07/2014 - 08:00
The regulators has lodged a High Court claim against Grant Thornton in a bid to curb potential losses from its imminent legal clash with its former deputy chief executive
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Help us find the top clinical leaders in healthcare

HSJ - Mon, 28/07/2014 - 01:01
Nominate the people making the greatest impact in high quality, safe care for patients
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Mid Staffs judicial review bids fail

HSJ - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 18:19
Two judicial reviews to block the dissolution and downgrade of Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust have been rejected by the High Court.
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Trust ends lock out after striking pay deal

HSJ - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 12:38
WORKFORCE: NHS pathology staff at Northampton General Hospital will be returning to work on Monday after a settlement was reached over a long running contract dispute.
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Mental health services 'lottery'

HSJ - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 11:24
Mental health patients are facing an “alarming” postcode lottery in services, Labour has warned.
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Addressing missing data in patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs): implications for comparing provider performance

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 10:49

Centre for Health Economics (CHE) - 
This paper argues that comparisons of provider performance using patient reported outcome measures should account for missing PROMs data. It argues that the missing data creates statistical problems and this may make PROMs data less representative of patient experiences. This paper tests out a statistical approach which aims to compensate for the missing data.

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Commissioning for quality: views from commissioners

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 10:41

NHS England - 
This resource sets out five key messages which have emerged from the analysis of a number of CCG quality frameworks and strategies as well as other relevant literature. It aims to help commissioners with quality improvement.

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Patient transport service fails to improve

HSJ - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 10:34
PERFORMANCE: Clinical commissioning groups in Kent and Medway may be forced to continue using a patient transport service that is failing to hit its targets because of the terms of its contract.
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Biomedical engineering: advancing UK healthcare

NHS Evidence - health management - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 10:05

Instistute of Mechanical Engineers - 
This report argues that boosting the number, as well as the influence, of engineers in the NHS would help cut the number of incidents caused by faulty medical equipment. It calls for for urgent action to prioritise the role of engineers in the NHS, and introduce a Chief Biomedical Engineer in every NHS acute trust.

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Department of Health to establish an anti-fraud unit

HSJ - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 08:00
The Department of Health plans to establish its own fraud investigation function by poaching senior officers from NHS Protect, shrinking the national body’s size significantly as a result.
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Department of Health to establish an anti-fraud unit

HSJ Workforce - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 08:00
The Department of Health plans to establish its own fraud investigation function by poaching senior officers from NHS Protect, shrinking the national body’s size significantly as a result.
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25 July issue of HSJ is ready to read on the app

HSJ - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 01:01
This week’s issue of HSJ magazine is now available to read on our tablet app.
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Exclusive: Hinchingbrooke backtracks on controversial £50 referrals offer

HSJ - Thu, 24/07/2014 - 17:44
The NHS hospital run by private provider Circle has been forced to withdraw an offer to pay local GPs a £50 ‘administrative fee’ for surgery referrals, claiming the proposal had been ‘misunderstood in some areas’.
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