The Conservatives have revealed their plan for reforming funding of long-term social care, by adjusting means testing and scrapping a proposed cap on all individuals’ lifetime costs.
More than £650m a year of public health funding will be withheld from local authorities until after next year’s general election, it has emerged.
The NHS Commissioning Board had appointed a deputy medical director for primary care, HSJ has learned.
The Francis report has criticised the work of the strategic health authorities which oversaw Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust, but includes little direct criticism of specific leaders, including Sir David Nicholson.
Jeremy Hunt has been appointed as health secretary, replacing Andrew Lansley, in a ministerial reshuffle.
The union Unite has said Northumbria Foundation Trust “could face a legal challenge” after nearly halving the mileage paid to some of its staff.
Fourteen hospital trusts have been identified as the poorest performers in the first official hospital-wide mortality ratings.
More than half the measures chosen by hospital trusts to demonstrate their quality of care are nursing indicators, analysis by Nursing Times shows.
The chief nursing officer for England has said the government’s plans to promote rehabilitation care will boost the role of senior nurses.
The number of nurses employed at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust is still not high enough, the head of the independent inquiry into failings at the trust has warned.