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Quarter of trust finance directors predict budget overspend

What do trusts and CCGs expect for 2014/15?

A quarter of NHS trust finance directors expect to overspend their budgets in 2014/15, a King's Fund think-tank survey reveals. The survey also finds that only 40 per cent of FDs expect to meet their cost improvement targets.


CCGs ignoring NICE guidance say surgeons

Are CCGS ignoring NICE guidance on surgery referrals?

Patients could be missing out on vital surgery because of 'arbitrary' referral restrictions imposed by clinical commissioning groups, says a Royal College of Surgeons report. It states there is evidence that CCGs are ignoring evidence-based guidance on when to provide surgery.


Review recommends NHS trusts become social enterprises

Could staff-led social enterprises be the new provider model?

More NHS organisations should be encouraged to become staff-led mutuals in order to increase staff engagement and improve quality of care, according to a review commissioned by care minister Norman Lamb.


Special measures scheme announced for failing care homes and GPs

What do the implementation of CQC special measures schemes mean for industry?

The Care Quality Commission has extended its special measures regime, which is currently used to tackle failing hospitals, to the adult social care sector. Plans to tackle inadequate GP services have also been announced.


Fewer 'harms' recorded in care settings

Is harm free care improving?

Data collected for the NHS safety thermometer show improvement in harm free care between April 2012 and March 2014.


Better staffing control cuts costs, says NICE

How can reorganising nursing staff save money?

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance says hospitals could save billions of pounds a year just by organising staff numbers appropriately. Potentially more than £1bn could be saved by preventing pressure ulcers and another £700m by reducing the number of infections, it says.


A quarter unaware of GPs' out-of-hour care

What is the status of out-of-hours GP provision in England?

The number of people using out-of-hours GP services has fallen over six years by a third to 5.8m in 2013/14. A National Audit Office report says the drop could be a result of people being unaware of the service or lacking confidence in it.


Changes to ABPI code made public

Will there be a new ABPI code of practice?

Industry has been invited to comment on proposed changes to the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry Code of practice.


Extra funding granted to Scottish prescribing pharmacist clinics

Could pharmacists have a greater role to play in the Scottish health service?

More funding has been granted for community pharmacist supplementary and independent prescribing clinics in Scotland.


Medical device testing scheme to be piloted in Scotland

Will the medical device testing scheme mean products get to market faster?

Scotland's Golden Jubilee Hospital is to pilot a process to review and test new medical devices that could be used in the NHS.


Rare diseases action plan announced in Scotland

Will the action plan for rare diseases in Scotland improve access to medicines?

The Scottish Government has announced a new strategy to support people with rare diseases, estimated to affect 300,000 people in Scotland.


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