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How healthcare is funded

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 23/03/2017 - 14:14

The King's Fund -
The NHS is experiencing the longest and most severe slowdown in funding in its history. This has raised questions about the sustainability of its funding model. The way that health care is funded varies between different countries. This document explains the main models used to finance health care: taxation, private health insurance and social health insurance. It outlines how each model works in its purest form, while recognising that most countries typically pay for health care using a combination of methods. It also looks at user charges.

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The effect of hospital ownership on quality of care: evidence from England

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 23/03/2017 - 14:01

Centre for Health Economics -
This research investigates whether quality of care differs between public and private hospitals in England with data on 3.8 million publicly-funded patients receiving 133 planned (non-emergency) treatments in 393 public and 190 private hospital sites. The authors found no quality differences between hospitals specialising in planned treatments and other hospitals, nor between for-profit and not-for-profit private hospitals.

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Ethical procurement for health: workbook

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 23/03/2017 - 13:54

Sustainable Development Unit -
This workbook aims to provide practical guidance for organisations in the health and social care sector to embed labour standards considerations into procurement and supplier management activities. It also aims to build awareness of labour standards risks in modern supply chains serving the health sector, so that these can be addressed proactively and constructively.

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Sustainability and Transformation Plan questionnaire report

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 23/03/2017 - 13:40

Faculty of Public Health (FPH) -
The FPH Board requested a survey of directors of public health in England to gauge the level of involvement of key local public health staff in local authorities and the NHS. The online survey was conducted during December 2016 and January 2017, and an initial summary analysis of responses was reported to the FPH Board in February 2017. This report presents the results of the survey and identifies the key public health challenges and influences in the effectiveness of the public health and preventative elements of the STP.

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Paying for it: the human cost of cut-price care

NHS Evidence - health management - Thu, 23/03/2017 - 11:57

Local Government Information Unit -
This report looks at the home care market and the prices at which care is purchased across England.

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Hunt to have final say over flagship hospital reforms

HSJ - Thu, 23/03/2017 - 11:11
Jeremy Hunt will have the final say over whether service reforms in one of the country’s most troubled health economies go ahead.
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STPs clash over possible 'repatriation' of services

HSJ - Thu, 23/03/2017 - 10:47
Two sustainability and transformation plan areas are in disagreement over a plan to reconfigure cardiovascular services, with one key provider trust citing concerns that “longstanding strong clinical relationships are under threat”.
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Large GP partnership takes on practices across STPs

HSJ - Thu, 23/03/2017 - 10:37
A large primary care provider is set to become the biggest GP partnership in England following its expansion into a second STP area, HSJ has learned.
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CCG decides minor injury units to be closed and replaced

HSJ - Thu, 23/03/2017 - 07:00
Clinical leaders in Yorkshire have decided to close three minor injuries units and replace the others with urgent care centres as part of a major reconfiguration of services.
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Teaching trust agrees six figure settlement over child’s death

HSJ - Wed, 22/03/2017 - 17:47
A hospital trust guilty of major service failure related to the death of a seven-year-old boy has agreed to settle a compensation claim with his family for £100,000.
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Daily Insight: Trusts get 'special' treatment

HSJ - Wed, 22/03/2017 - 17:35
HSJ’s round-up of Wednesday’s must read stories
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CQC to pay up to £191k to new chief inspector of hospitals

HSJ - Wed, 22/03/2017 - 16:55
The Care Quality Commission is prepared to pay up to £191,000 a year to the next chief inspector of hospitals, HSJ can reveal.
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Three more trusts placed in special measures

HSJ - Wed, 22/03/2017 - 14:50
Three more trusts have been placed in financial special measures after forecasting a combined deficit of £142m for the end of this year.
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Self-care: everybody's talking about it

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 22/03/2017 - 12:39

Regional Voices - 
This paper highlights the need to support patients to better manage their own health and the need for greater recognition of the potential for voluntary and community services contribution towards this. The discussion paper outlines the benefits of promoting self-care approaches and the briefing for the voluntary and community sector contains case studies.

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Nature for health and equity

NHS Evidence - health management - Wed, 22/03/2017 - 12:23

Friends of the Earth Europe - 
This briefing discusses the links between access to green spaces and improved health and wellbeing. It examines evidence on the association between nature and wellbeing and calls for increased efforts to provide accessible and well-maintained natural areas, particularly for disadvantaged groups.

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New chair for special measures trust

HSJ - Wed, 22/03/2017 - 11:58
A new substantive chair has been appointed to Barts Health Trust, six months after the departure of his predecessor.
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Exclusive: Trusts rejected 'irresponsible' savings targets of up to 10pc

HSJ - Wed, 22/03/2017 - 07:00
Providers that rejected their financial targets for next year had been tasked with delivering efficiency savings three times higher than what is deemed achievable, according to analysis shared with HSJ.
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Exclusive: One in four trusts reject 'irresponsible' efficiency targets

HSJ - Wed, 22/03/2017 - 07:00
Providers that rejected their financial targets for next year had been tasked with delivering efficiency savings three times higher than what is deemed achievable, according to analysis shared with HSJ.
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CCG pays ambulance staff wages following private provider dispute

HSJ - Wed, 22/03/2017 - 07:00
Commissioners in Sussex paid a total of £642,000 in wages to former NHS staff after their private company employer handed back its contract and ceased trading, HSJ can reveal.
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Thousands of disabled people forced to wait months for wheelchairs

HSJ - Tue, 21/03/2017 - 22:00
One in five children and almost one in six adults are waiting more than four months for the wheelchair they need to be delivered.
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