In a move to avoid strike action, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has reassured junior doctors that their pay will not be cut and that standard working hours will not be altered under new contracts.

Harpal Kumar, chief executive of Cancer Research UK, has said that offering practices extra funding for remaining within cancer referral targets is a ‘shocking practice’ that opposes official policies that advise GPs to refer patients as soon as possible.

Simon Stevens, NHS England Chief Executive, has urged the government to rethink the immigration rules that will see lower-earning nurses from outside the EU deported, despite the significant shortage in the profession.

The British Medical Association (BMA) has seen a large rise in junior doctors signing up, following ongoing contract disputes.

The latest figures reveal the NHS acute sector is continuing to forcecast a deficit in excess of £2 billion for the current financial year. The financial performance of Trusts’ year to date has been calculated as even worse than initially planned.

GPs in England are being offered a voluntary option to extend their contract to provide seven-day-a-week cover for patients.

GP practices are being offered significant sums of money as an incentive to refer fewer patients for specialist care, including those with suspected cancer, according to a Pulse investigation.

The health secretary’s meeting with leader of the junior doctors committee (JDC), Dr Johann Malawana, has failed to produce a viable outcome that will avert the threatened strike over the proposed seven-day contract scheme.

The NHS plans to place smaller hospitals in ‘hospital chains’ led by leading medical institutions and have announced 13 pilot schemes so far.

A number of NHS-accredited smartphone health apps are leaking data that could be used for ID theft and fraud, a BBC study has revealed.

Newly qualified GPs are being paid up to £90 an hour to work unsociable hours as part of a pilot programme organised by NHS Central Manchester clinical commissioning group (CCG).

The growth rate of recruitment of NHS nurses has halved in England compared to the previous year, which, according to experts, suggests the return of trusts mismanaging budgets and safe staffing.

The London School of Economics (LSE), has advised that the government’s flagship cardiovascular disease prevention programme is ineffective and wasting £450m a year in ‘scarce resources’.

Addenbrooke’s hospital has been placed in special measures after inspections from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) deemed it ‘inadequate’.

NHS England would like health devolution deals to take 18 months from expression of interest to full implementation, to allow appropriate time for an informed decision to be made.

Public Health England (PHE), NHS England and NHS Right Care have launched the new ‘Atlas of Variation in Healthcare’ to help commissioners, providers and health professionals improve the delivery of healthcare.

Part of Public Health England (PHE) will be relocated to a new £350 million facility in a bid to improve connectivity and collaboration with academia.

NHS Providers has launched a new publication, as well as an infographic and supporting blog, which sets out its vision to expand the role of NHS community health services.


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