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Paybills targeted in massive NHS savings driveSubscription
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.
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.
Analysed: Number of 2015-16 agency pay cap breaches Subscription
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.
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.
Two Surrey trusts could merge as early as the summer, after their boards decided to press ahead with revised plans.
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.
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.
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.
There are growing concerns that nurse education budgets could be vulnerable to cuts in the government’s current spending review.
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.