Alastair McLellan, editor, Health Service Journal
Jeremy Hunt: a ‘good’ health secretary?Subscription
A guest briefing from Health Service Journal’s editor Alastair Mclellan
The government has a very clear ambition for the £1.6bn additional funding allocated to the NHS for 2018-19. £1bn is to be used to arrest the decline in elective waiting times and to begin to reduce the waiting list; £600m will be employed to make sure the NHS meets the four-hour A&E target.
Act now to give CCGs a good deathSubscription
Clinical commissioning groups’ demise must be handled carefully and their achievements preserved, writes HSJ’s editor
Simon Stevens will not resign – yetSubscription
It is likely that Number 10 did not choose to go to war with NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens over NHS funding. But they have had numerous warnings to avoid their “NHS has had more money than it asked for” line and have also continued to privately badmouth Mr Stevens in the vicinity of political journalists, so should not be surprised by the turn of events.
New capital funding regime for STPsSubscription
NHS organisations that sell surplus land may be able to retain the capital receipts generated to invest in new services, rather than surrender them to central government.
NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has hit back at local government criticism that the 44 sustainability and transformation plans have been forced to take an “NHS first” approach.
Hunt's vision seeks to change the NHS 'forever'Subscription
The health secretary recognises the ability of Westminster politicians to directly control local services is largely illusory
So, when will the NHS get more money?Subscription
HSJ’s editor interprets the financial mood music
The financial “reset” is likely to lead to a standoff between the centre and local NHS trusts - but the consequences of it failing to deliver would be much more severe.
A firestorm of uncertainty now menaces the NHSSubscription
The greatest tragedy of the European Union referendum is that many people voted Leave in the sincere hope it would help the NHS by reducing demand. That is extremely unlikely, but in any case the other consequences of the result leave the service facing the grimmest set of scenarios since the early 1980s.