Election watch – week two
Election watch – week two
by Seamus Ward
15 November 2019

The first full week of campaigning saw the NHS remain at the top of the agenda, perhaps a close second to Brexit.

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Labour pledges extra funding in NHS ‘rescue plan’
Labour pledges extra funding in NHS ‘rescue plan’
by Seamus Ward
13 November 2019

Labour has promised to increase health spending in England if elected, including boosts for resource, capital, training and public health budgets, in what it has dubbed an NHS rescue plan.

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Election watch – week one
Election watch – week one
by Seamus Ward
08 November 2019

Though it was a short week of official election campaigning – Parliament was dissolved on Wednesday 6 November – and despite calls for politicians to avoid weaponising the health service as a campaign issue, it didn’t take long for the NHS to come to the forefront.

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Blended payment model set to expand
by Steve Brown
05 November 2019

NHS England and NHS Improvement have confirmed plans to expand the use of a blended payment model from April 2020.

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Q1 report shows NHS ‘broadly on plan’
Q1 report shows NHS ‘broadly on plan’
by Steve Brown
22 October 2019

NHS providers earned £22m less than planned from sustainability funding in the first quarter but still produced a deficit that was slightly better than plan, according to NHS England and NHS Improvement’s Q1 report.

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Concern for specialist mental health services in ‘perfect storm’
Concern for specialist mental health services in ‘perfect storm’
by Steve Brown
15 October 2019

Mental health services are being hit by a combination of growing demand and challenges around workforce and access and this is starting to affect quality in specialist services, the Care Quality Commission has warned.

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Government plans health and care legislation
Government plans health and care legislation
by Seamus Ward
14 October 2019

The government announced up to five pieces of health and social care legislation in today’s Queen’s Speech, including a bill to accelerate the implementation of the NHS long-term plan.

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Hancock aims for balanced capital spending
Hancock aims for balanced capital spending
by Seamus Ward
09 October 2019

A new simplified national system for capital sign-offs will ensure funding is directed to where it is most urgently needed, while rewarding trusts for strong financial performance, health and social care secretary Matt Hancock has said.

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Trusts say NHS must be honest with the public
Trusts say NHS must be honest with the public
by Seamus Ward
07 October 2019

The NHS must be more honest about the scale of the challenges it faces, or it risks losing public confidence, frontline health service leaders have warned. .

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Providers call for reversal of mental health investment ‘neglect’
Providers call for reversal of mental health investment ‘neglect’
by Seamus Ward
06 October 2019

NHS Providers has accused the government of neglecting mental health services in its capital investment programme, adding that patients are being put at risk due to ageing and unsafe buildings.

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