Osborne shifts £3 billion to social care
Chancellor George Osborne has announced that £3 billion will be spent on jointly commissioned health and social care services in an “historic” shift towards integrated care.
Osborne tells NHS to support social care
The NHS will be expected to support social care as council budgets are slashed, Chancellor George Osborne announced this lunchtime.
NHS ‘faces pivotal year’ – Nicholson
NHS chief executive David Nicholson has said that the coming year will be pivotal for the NHS as it faces its last year of significant growth. The Operating Framework for the NHS in England 2010-11, launched by the Department of Health yesterday, said that after a decade of investment the NHS is about to face […]
What’s going on, Darling?
NPfIT was going to be scrapped. Then it wasn’t. Sarah Bruce reports on Pre-Budget Report chaos.
IT spend under pressure, survey confirms
Local and central IM&T spend as a percentage of NHS revenue will decrease next year for the first time in seven years, according to the NHS IM&T Investment Survey. The survey, published by NHS Connecting for Health, shows planned local spend in 2009-10 will decrease by 0.09% as a percentage of NHS revenue in comparison with actual […]
Four in ten readers expect cuts
Four out of ten NHS IT staff are expecting their budgets to decrease next year, and a further 36% expect them to be frozen at this year’s level.
Mind the gap
Brian Derry from the NHS Information Centre reflects on the coming financial crunch and how informatics can help the NHS through it.
A think-tank recently ranked its funding forecasts for the NHS from ‘tepid’ to ‘arctic.’ Sarah Bruce asks what that will mean for healthcare IT.
Funding forecast is colder than ever
The NHS would have to make historically unprecedented productivity gains to close the gap between its likely funding after 2011 and the Wanless projections of its future spending needs. According to a report by the King’s Fund and the Institute for Fiscal Studies, the health service would need to make gains of between 3.4% and […]
It’s history (repeating itself)
The Gateway Reviews of the National Programme for IT in the NHS have been published. Lyn Whitfield took a look at them.