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Crispin Dowler

Crispin Dowler

Crispin Dowler is a Nursing Times and HSJ reporter. For Nursing Times, Crispin covers end of life and palliative care, cancer, critical care and perioperative care. Crispin's focus for HSJ is on finance and the private sector.

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  • Pay

    Paybills targeted in massive NHS savings driveSubscription

    29 June, 2016Comments (4)

    Trusts with large or growing staff paybills, which are deemed unusual, are to be targeted in a fresh effort by regulators to get a grip on the health service’s struggling finances.

  • Agency nurse

    Not all trusts 'doing enough' to tackle agency spendingSubscription

    9 May, 2016Comments (5)

    The chief executive of NHS Improvement has issued a stern warning to trusts that “aren’t doing enough” to cut their agency staff spending, as the regulator released new figures on the effect of the agency pay caps.

  • Busy hospital

    Analysed: Number of 2015-16 agency pay cap breaches Subscription

    28 April, 2016

    The number of NHS agency shifts per week that breached new pay caps rose by more than 10,000 in the first three months after they were introduced, new data shows.

  • Chesterfield dementia assessment nurses

    Carter review recommends new measure of nurse productivitySubscription

    5 February, 2016Comments (12)

    Lord Carter’s review of NHS productivity has recommended that a new metric – “care hours per patient day” – should become the principal measure of hospitals’ use of nurses and healthcare assistants from April this year.

  • merger shaking hands men

    Surrey hospital trusts agree to push ahead with mergerSubscription

    3 February, 2016

    Two Surrey trusts could merge as early as the summer, after their boards decided to press ahead with revised plans.

  • Productivity

    Carter review to back new measure of nurse productivitySubscription

    22 January, 2016Comments (7)

    Lord Carter’s review of NHS productivity is to recommend that a new metric – “care hours per patient day” – should become the principal measure of hospitals’ use of nurses and healthcare assistants from April this year, it has been revealed.

  • George Osborne

    NHS to get £4bn budget rise but student nurse bursaries set to goSubscription

    24 November, 2015Comments (7)

    Tomorrow’s comprehensive spending review will give NHS England a real terms increase to its budget of nearly £4bn in 2016-17, but is expected to see further cuts to public health and an end to free nurse education.

  • Piles of pound coins

    Half-year deficit racked up by NHS providers hits £1.6bn Subscription

    20 November, 2015

    NHS providers recorded a £1.6bn deficit for the first half of the financial year and were forecasting a £2.2bn deficit by the year end, regulators reported this morning.

  • working_finance_office.JPG

    Nurse education may be at risk in Treasury spending reviewSubscription

    18 September, 2015Comments (11)

    There are growing concerns that nurse education budgets could be vulnerable to cuts in the government’s current spending review.

  • Health secretary

    Hunt orders investigation of 'regulatory gap' baby death caseSubscription

    9 September, 2015Comments (1)

    The health secretary has promised an independent investigation of the death of a baby whose ‘incredibly distressing’ case highlighted a regulatory ‘gap’ in the NHS’s ability to probe historic complaints.

All by Crispin Dowler