Lansley leads information revolution
The new NHS white paper promises an information strategy for the NHS this autumn, but a report from the National Quality Board provides clues to its content.
White paper backs Choose and Book
The ‘Liberating the NHS’ white paper backs Choose and Book as part of radical plans to extend patient choice, but has little to say about personal health records.
PCTs to go in massive NHS reorganisation
Health secretary Andrew Lansley has announced that primary care trusts are to be abolished as part of a massive reorganisation of the NHS.
ARM doesn’t call for end of NPfIT or SCR
Doctors’ representatives have stopped short of backing calls for the withdrawal of co-operation from the Summary Care Record programme. They have also refused to seek cancellation of the National Programme for IT in the NHS. GPs and hospital doctors at the BMA’s annual representative meeting did, however, endorse the BMA’s policy that patients should be […]
Treasury frets about GP commissioning
NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson has admitted that the Treasury is concerned abut the government’s plans to hand secondary care commissioning to GPs. Responding to a question at the end of the NHS Confederation’s annual conference in Loverpool, Sir David said he was also acutely aware of the need to keep financial control in the NHS […]
Lansley: ‘NHS not protected from change’
Health secretary Andrew Lansley has warned the NHS it cannot expect the funding increases it has enjoyed in the recent past and it will not be protected from change.
NHS ordered to halve management costs
Health secretary Andrew Lansley has scrapped some key NHS performance targets and told the health service it must save at least £222m in management costs this year.
Unison attacks abolition of SHAs
Health unions have condemned the latest shake up of the NHS, which will include the abolition of strategic health authorities. Unision expressed dismay at what it described as a "dismal" Queen’s Speech this morning, and attacked an announcement by health secretary Andrew Lansley that SHAs will be scrapped by April 2012. Last week’s 30 page […]
Decision day for Morecambe Bay
D-Day has arrived for University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust on whether it is allowed to proceed with plans to become the first acute hospital to take the delayed Lorenzo hospital information system.
Coalition sets out vision for NHS
The new Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition has set out a vision for the NHS that combines some of the most radical ideas from the two parties’ manifestos. As the foreword to the detailed coalition document states, the government is set to “take the Conservative thinking on markets, choice and competition” and “combine it with the Liberal […]