BMA will back GPs in legal action against Capita

The British Medical Association (BMA)’s General Practitioners Committee (GPC) has said it has been left with ‘no option’ but to support practices wanting to take legal action to resolve continuing problems with private firm Capita’s primary care support services. In November the BMA warned NHS England…...

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Preferred bidder named for private patient unit

Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has named One Healthcare the preferred bidder to run its Coombe Wing, a suite for the provision of private patient services on site. The Trust plans to move the service into a new private hospital located within the main campus at…...

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Joint replacement centre opens at Bupa Cromwell Hospital

The Fortius Joint Replacement Centre has opened at Bupa Cromwell Hospital in a new partnership between Fortius Clinic and Bupa. The centre will provide hip and knee replacements using a new robotic technology that enables faster recovery times, smaller incisions and more accurate implant placements. Philip…...

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CQC appoints chief operating officer

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has appointed Kirsty Shaw as its chief operating officer. Shaw will lead on the regulator’s corporate and customer-facing functions, including human resources, legal services, governance, digital, finance, commercial and the National Customer Service Centre. Shaw’s career has focused on leading…...

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Spending gap putting pressure on mental health services

Mental health workers are under pressure as the spending gap between NHS mental health services and NHS acute hospitals widened last year, according to a report by The King’s Fund. The number of nurses has fallen 13% since 2009, with one in 10 specialist mental…...

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CQC chief executive to step down

Sir David Behan, chief executive of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) is to step down from his position in the summer after six years in the role. ‘It’s been an immense privilege to serve the public by leading CQC … We’ve inspected every hospital, adult…...

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NHSPN reaffirms extra capacity as NHS winter crisis continues

The NHS Partners Network (NHSPN) reaffirmed its offer to the NHS of additional capacity for 400,000 operations and tests as NHS England revealed record numbers of patients were facing long waits in A&E. Figures for December showed that 85.1% of A&E patients were seen within…...

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NHSPN reaffirms extra capacity as NHS winter crisis continues

The NHS Partners Network (NHSPN) has reaffirmed its offer to the NHS of additional capacities for 400,000 operations and tests, after the latest performance figures from NHS England revealed continued breaches of the 18-week Referral to Treatment time target. At the end of November 2017, 89.5%…...

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CQC pauses non-urgent inspections

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has paused some routine inspections this month in response to increased pressure on the health and care system and to relieve winter pressures on NHS services. This includes re-inspections of GP practices which have been rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ and…...

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Department of Health renamed

The Department of Health has been renamed the Department of Health and Social Care, following the cabinet reshuffle on Monday 8 January. Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has been named Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with the reclassified department taking on responsibility for…...

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