Inspectors are warning that safety across the NHS and care sector, with particular problems in hospitals, is a ‘significant concern’.

The former Secretary of State for Health Stephen Dorrell has been appointed by the NHS Confederation as its new chair.

The General Medial Council (GMC) has introduced a range of fees and increased charges, which will particularly affect international medical graduates and GPs, in an effort to generate £2.4 million in savings.

Performance assessments in the NHS need streamlining, as the number of national bodies that currently operate are causing unnecessary complexity, according to a new report from The King’s Fund.

A fifth of children referred to specialist mental health treatment in the NHS are rejected treatment, according to research from the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has declared that midwife shortages is having a significant impact on services and that mistakes would ‘almost certainly be made’.

GPs have been told they must find £1 million of extra savings on prescribing costs after a clinical commissioning group overspent by millions in secondary care.

NHS trusts in England have racked up a deficit of £930 million in the first three months of the financial year, twice as much deficit as was accumulated last year.

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.


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