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NHS Improvement chief warns some trust plans 'not sufficiently robust'
20 Apr 2018

What does NHS Improvement want to see in trust plans for 2018/19? NHS Improvement has told providers some draft activity, workforce and financial plans for 2018/19 look unrealistic or unachievable. In an email to the sector this week, organisation chief executive Ian Dalton wrote that plans...

Flagship STPs force rethink of ICS combined control totals
20 Apr 2018

Why have top STPs rejected plans for combined control totals across ICSs? Leaders of some of NHS England's flagship health economies are reported to have rejected proposed terms for signing up to system-wide financial control totals. NHS England and NHS Improvement are said to be open...

Question over where cash for cancer testing is going
20 Apr 2018

What can be done to make sure funding is spent on cancer diagnostics? A report by Cancer Research UK has found that, despite additional funding, seven of the 24 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) that provided their budgets reported a decrease in cancer diagnostic spending between 2015/16 and...

Diagnostics collaboration platform launches
20 Apr 2018

Could network create a new northern diagnostics powerhouse? Academic and healthcare organisations in the Northeast have come together to promote advances in diagnostics. Diagnostics North East is described as a 'a unique joined-up diagnostics infrastructure for industry and academia'....

Cancer researchers to form international alliance
20 Apr 2018

Will alliance find new cures for cancer? Cancer Research UK (CRUK) and the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) are teaming up to accelerate the fight against cancer. The initiative aims to provide a platform for building links between laboratories and clinics in the US and UK....

Britons want to pay more for NHS
20 Apr 2018

Can a tax hike save the NHS? A social research agency says that its recent social attitudes survey indicates that the British public is more open to paying higher taxes and spending more. The British Social Attitudes survey 34 was carried out between July and October 2017 by NatCen. Think-tank...

LGA launches commissioning framework
20 Apr 2018

How will an LGA and NHS Commissioners commissioning framework affect your customers? The Local Government Association has launched the integrated commissioning for better outcomes framework 2018. The LGA says the framework, developed jointly with NHS Commissioners, will act as a tool for local...

Welsh Government funds vascular surgery site
20 Apr 2018

Will Welsh vascular surgery site improve services? The Welsh Government has announced £2.3m funding for a hybrid theatre for vascular surgery at Glan Clwyd Hospital. The funding will convert an existing theatre into a theatre capable of performing complex vascular surgery. It will support...

Northern Ireland health system must transform, says Department of Health
20 Apr 2018

Will transformation save the Northern Ireland health and care system? Northern Ireland's health service must transform if it is to cope with current and future challenges, according to the Department of Health (DH). Delivering a stark assessment of the issues facing the health and care...

Three northern STPs plan giant ICS
13 Apr 2018

Which three STPs have a joint leader and are in talks to merge? Three northern sustainability and transformation partnerships have revealed plans to become an integrated care system (ICS) by April 2019. The STPs involved in the plans are Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and North Durham; Darlington,...