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Foundation trusts in deficit for the first time

Is the NHS bust?

Half of NHS trusts are in the red as the NHS faces a £1bn shortfall by the end of the financial year.


NHS plans to pause in 2015/16 'transition' year

What will the aims for the NHS be in 2015/16?

NHS England has earmarked the coming financial year as a 'crucial inflection point for the NHS', so that clinical commissioning groups and providers 'can focus on core aspects of improving quality, meeting NHS Constitution commitments and financial sustainability'.


MPs back plans for CCG joint committees

What would a joint committee mean for CCGs?

MPs have backed a motion for clinical commissioning groups to form joint committees, which would allow greater control when arranging commissioning functions jointly between two or more CCGs.


Fear of instability prevents commissioners receiving target funding

Why do local commissioners not receive their target allocations?

Financial stability in the local NHS has been achieved at the expense of allocating commissioners their fair share of funding, according to the National Audit Office.


Politicians must be bold to save NHS, think-tank warns

Can politicians avert the coming crisis in the NHS and social care?

The King's Fund has published its 'election manifesto' calling for a rethink from the main political parties on health and social care funding. It describes the NHS as being on the 'brink of a financial crisis' with cuts in local government budgets already resulting in 25 per cent fewer people having access to publicly funded social care than in 2010.


Monitor takes control of FT to form integrated care organisation

Is an integrated care organisation the best option for a failing FT?

Monitor is sending a management consultant team to Tameside hospital in its first attempt to make a foundation trust become a fully integrated care organisation. 


Money alone will not solve NHS woes, says think-tank

How can the NHS satisfy demand for services without more money?

The Health Foundation think-tank argues more money alone will not solve the NHS's problems that show up in such things as variation in care and problems in mental health services, A&E waiting times and cancer waits.


More technology should be offered to LTC patients

What are the latest plans for helping patients with long-term conditions?

Officials are focusing on ways to improve personalised care and support in response to a Health Select Committee report into long-term conditions.


Call for focus on NHS post-referendum

Will the Scottish referendum lead to radical change for the NHS?

Doctors' leaders in Scotland have called for the NHS and patient care to be a priority following the result of the independence referendum.


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