£700m needed to hit waiting time target
£700m needed to hit waiting time target
by Seamus Ward
25 March 2019

The NHS in England will need an estimated £700m to reduce elective waiting lists to the size last seen in March 2018, according to the National Audit Office.

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​PAC calls for clarity on commissioning structure
​PAC calls for clarity on commissioning structure
by Steve Brown
08 March 2019

​ NHS England has been asked to report back by the end of the year on the commissioning structure that will be in place by 2021.

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Provider financial position deteriorates further
Provider financial position deteriorates further
by Seamus Ward
07 March 2019

The financial position of the provider sector in England deteriorated in quarter three, with a forecast year-end deficit of £661m compared with £558m forecast at Q2.

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NHS long-term plan: tariff and capital spending changes proposed
NHS long-term plan: tariff and capital spending changes proposed
by Seamus Ward
28 February 2019

Proposals to make implementation of the NHS long-term plan easier and quicker include more flexibility in tariff setting and giving NHS Improvement a greater say in the annual capital spending of foundation trusts.

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PAC inquiry: HFMA calls for capital funding changes
PAC inquiry: HFMA calls for capital funding changes
by Steve Brown
26 February 2019

The HFMA has criticised the current system for managing and funding capital in the NHS as ‘too combative, cumbersome and complex’.

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NHSI calls for greater theatre productivity
NHSI calls for greater theatre productivity
by ​Seamus Ward
04 February 2019

Hospitals in England could perform a further 290,000 operations a year through better organisation, according to NHS Improvement.

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New GP contract launches NHS plan implementation
New GP contract launches NHS plan implementation
by Seamus Ward
31 January 2019

NHS England has started to implement the NHS long-term plan by agreeing a new contract with GPs that will give practices almost £1bn with a further £1.8bn invested in new primary care networks over five years.

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NAO highlights risks to long-term plan
NAO highlights risks to long-term plan
by Steve Brown
18 January 2019

The National Audit Office has highlighted a number of risks to the delivery of the new NHS long-term plan including uncertainty over key budgets and staff shortages.

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Planning guidance: recovery route outlined
Planning guidance: recovery route outlined
by Seamus Ward
11 January 2019

NHS England and NHS Improvement have unveiled an overhaul of the provider sustainability fund (PSF) and given more details of the new financial recovery fund in planning guidance for 2019/20.

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Planning guidance: CCG allocations issued
Planning guidance: CCG allocations issued
by Seamus Ward
11 January 2019

Clinical commissioning groups will receive a minimum cash uplift of 4.4% in 2019/20 and at least 17% over the next five years under allocations announced by NHS England.

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