Eight new ‘vanguards’ will launch the transformation of urgent and emergency care for more than nine million people, NHS England has announced.

New findings from the National Audit Office (NAO) suggest that the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has been forced to delay inspections due to a lack of adequate staff.

A petition calling for a vote of no confidence in Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has reached over 150,000 signatures since it was launched via parliament.uk on 20 July.

A report from the Health Foundation and the King’s Fund has called for an NHS ‘Transformation Fund’ that would require an additional £1.5 billion a year in funding on top of the £8 billion already promised by 2020.

A lack of care and forward thinking when discharging patients is putting patients at risk and costing the NHS up to £2.4 billion a year, with one million patients re-admitted as emergency cases within 30 days of discharge.

A report published by the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) has found that the NHS spends over £1 billion a year due to clinical negligence.

Speaking at the Kings Fund, health secretary Jeremy Hunt admitted his frustation at the BMA, and claimed that he has ‘yet to meet’ a doctor who is not in favour of weekend working.

BMA council chair Dr Mark Porter has responded vigorously to Jeremy Hunt’s interview with the BBC, in which the Health Secretary states the ‘Monday to Friday culture’ in parts of the NHS has ‘tragic consequences’ and is responsible for as many as 6,000 deaths each year.

The latest King’s Fund quarterly report suggests that most NHS organisations are facing a challenging financial situation with a deficit expected for the majority.

A study by Public Health England (PHE) has found that people with learning disabilities are regularly prescribed psychiatric drugs without a recorded diagnosis.

Less than a third of GPs would be willing to employ physician assistants, despite the government’s push to use them to solve the GP recruitment crisis, a Pulse poll has revealed.

GP leaders have opposed a proposal from the Welsh Conservative Party to fine patients referred to Welsh hospitals £10 if they do not attend.

Any future plans for the reorganisation of primary care could see the practice-list based model of general practice replaced, the head of the NHS in England has told a conference of academic GPs.

The Kings Fund has released a new report calling on doctors, nurses and other hospital staff to engage in a new mission to deliver better outcomes at lower costs.

George Osborne has reiterated that the NHS remains a key priority of this government, as he delivered the first fully-Conservative Budget in the House of Commons since 1996.

NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens has revealed a new £15m scheme to fund, recruit and employ clinical pharmacists in GP surgeries.

NHS England’s chief executive Simon Stevens and National Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh have announced the successful applicants of the NHS Innovation Accelerator programme – a scheme to make evidenced healthcare innovations more widely available to patients.

The Department of Health has told Pulse that it is considering whether physician associates should be given prescribing powers as part of its ‘new deal’ to relieve the pressures on GPs.

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