Andrew Lansley's plans for a radical revamp in the way the National Health Service works could face delay after they were rejected by the committee that resolves disputes between the government's coalition partners It is now unclear whether the revised publication date of July 12 for the white paper will hold, with the paper due to go to cabinet this week. The News of the World (p.22) reports that one of the plans is that GPs will have to take responsibility for patients at night instead of farming them off to poor quality medical companies.
Public spending cuts
Chancellor George Osborne has ordered cabinet ministers to draw up plans for up to 40 per cent cuts in spending, which could result in slashing services and axing hundreds of thousands of jobs. The plans, spelt out in a letter from Danny Alexander, the Liberal Democrat Treasury chief secretary, go much further than proposals announced in last month's Budget aimed at cutting Britain's deficit. The only two departments exempt from the process are the Department of Health and the Department for International Development, both of whose budgets are "ring fenced."
Ministers and unions meet over redundancy strike threat
Ministers will meet unions to head off strike threats over changes to public sector redundancy terms. Treasury figures suggest 600,000 public sector jobs could go over the next five years, as the coalition tries to slash the record budget deficit. Union leaders are also gathering to discuss their plans, with one warning strikes could be an "inevitability".
Soaring hospital admissions
The Nuffield Trust has warned that the NHS is in danger of "overheating" as a result of a huge rise in the number of people admitted to hospital as emergencies. Emergency admissions make up over a third of all patients in hospital, with a total cost of approximately £11bn a year. Avoidable emergency admissions will continue to rise unless care is more integrated and hospitals and beds are closed.
Public sector workers face increase in pension contributions
According to a report by the Public Sector Pensions Commission workers face having to dramatically increase contributions to their pensions because of the rapidly rising cost of pension provision. The report says that that the true cost of public sector pensions is far higher than the Government admits and they are calling for greater transparency.
Purge of capital spending ordered
Plans for new schools and hospitals are to be slashed under a review of all capital spending planned by Chancellor George Osborne. The review is expected to direct scarce finances to projects that can show the most economic benefits, such as transport schemes. P.2
Experience of being a NHS patient
Max Pemberton Health columnist discusses his experience of being an NHS patient. He talks about the excellent care he received and how the A&E was clean and efficient.
300 NHS Executives have larger salary then the Prime Minister
More than 300 NHS executives have a larger salary than the prime minister, it has been disclosed. An investigation found that 320 hospitals, ambulance and health authority chiefs are paid more than David Cameron's annual salary of £142,500.
VAT rise will hit NHS with an £250 million bill
According to investigation by The People the NHS will be hit for an extra £250million a year because of the hike in VAT. That is enough to pay for 31,250 heart by-pass operations, 1.25million CT scans or 100million hospital meals. (p.16-17).
NHS theatre left unused half the time
Operating theatres are left unused for more than half of the time they are open, with doctors and nurses starting late and finishing early, according to a study by the NHS Foundation Trust Network.
Experts call for action over ‘high death rates’ at NHS Trust
According to experts at Imperial College London, approximately 3,000 more patients have died than expected at Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (Pahnt) in the past 11 years. Professor Sir Brian Jarman, whose team conducted the analysis, warned that it was dangerous to ignore or dismiss data, as high death rates are evidence of wider problems in three-quarters of cases.
Doctors replace mangers to take charge of hospital
Doctors and nurses are to be put back in charge of running Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester in a change which could have significant implications for the NHS. Dozens of non-medical bosses are expected to lose their jobs which could save £17 million.
According to the latest Social Trends report from the Office for National Statistics one in five men in the UK and one in seven women now drink more than double what doctors say is a healthy amount of alcohol each and obesity levels have soared. The report also revealed that life expectancy in the UK has increased by around ten years for men and seven for women since the early 1970s, while the past few years has also seen a marked drop in the number of Britons smoking.
Levels of waste in the NHS ‘cuts 3 years off our lives
Huge levels of waste in the NHS are cutting more than three years off the average Briton's life, according to an international study. If the NHS spent its money as wisely as other countries systems, millions of people would enjoy many months or years of extra life.
House of Commons
Adjournment debate: future of North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Trust & its hospitals [Alex Cunningham]
Nuffield Trust published report suggesting that rise in emergency admissions to hospitals is ‘overheating’ the system in England & unsustainable
Written Ministerial Statement expected today: Chancellor of the Exchequer: Public spending control.