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    1. Westminster Blog

      May 7, 2015

      Today in the election

      A summary of today’s events ***May 7*** Polling day. Follow our live coverage of the results from 9pm here. May 6 Ukip...

    2. April 16, 2015

      Former NHS chief Sir David Nicholson adds to warnings on finances

      The former chief executive of NHS England has questioned funding plans for the health service, saying it was still not...

    1. June 11, 2014

      Report reveals tight political grip on running of NHS

      Ministers are intervening more than ever in the running of the NHS, despite reforms intended to take politics out of...

    2. May 30, 2014

      Boardroom trades May 31

      Mark Edwards has been the most prolific trader in the boardroom of building materials group Marshalls since joining the...

    3. May 7, 2014

      Health department says new care fund is ‘on track’

      The Department of Health has insisted plans for a fund to deliver more care in the community are on track, despite...

    4. April 28, 2014

      NHS chief more willing to embrace competition, says regulator

      The new NHS chief is far more willing than his predecessor to embrace competition to raise the quality of health...

    5. March 31, 2014

      New NHS chief warns of need for shake-up

      The traditional model of healthcare will have to change as the NHS faces the “most sustained budget crunch in its...

    6. March 23, 2014

      UK National Health Service needs an extra £2bn, says chief

      The NHS needs an extra £2bn, the departing chief executive has said, with “very tight” finances threatening to push the...

    7. March 23, 2014

      NHS chief Sir David regretful over leaving ‘most fantastic job’

      Sir David Nicholson says he is “in denial”. After 36 years working for the NHS, the last eight as chief executive, he...

    8. March 11, 2014

      MPs back powers to close fiscally healthy hospital wards

      The health secretary will be able to close departments in financially strong hospitals to safeguard weaker neighbours...

    9. November 5, 2013

      NHS chief says service is ‘bogged down in competition law’

      The NHS is becoming “bogged down in a morass of competition law” which is leading to higher costs and making it harder...

    10. October 23, 2013

      Blair health adviser to run NHS England

      An architect of Tony Blair’s health reforms, which introduced private sector competition into the NHS, has been...

    11. September 18, 2013

      Finance chiefs pessimistic on NHS productivity targets

      Rising pressures on the National Health Service budget are revealed in a survey of finance directors which shows the...

    12. July 11, 2013

      £30bn funding gap forecast for NHS if demands continue to increase

      A £30bn funding gap will open up in the NHS over the next seven years without “radical” changes, including more...

    13. July 5, 2013

      Health service funding gap forecast to hit £30bn by 2020

      The chief executive of the NHS, Sir David Nicholson, is expected next week to warn of a funding gap of £30bn by 2020 as...

    14. June 6, 2013

      Coalition ‘wasted first two years’, says NHS departing chief

      The coalition wasted its first two years by focusing on reorganising the National Health Service rather than, in an era...

    15. May 21, 2013

      Sir David Nicholson to step down as head of NHS England

      Sir David Nicholson has drawn a line under one of the most turbulent periods in health service history by announcing he...

    16. March 22, 2013

      Watchdog warns NHS is rationing treatment

      The NHS is rationing treatments as it seeks to curb demand for its services and deliver big cash savings, a Commons...

    17. March 8, 2013

      A prescription to restore NHS to health

      The National Health Service is often said to be the closest thing Britain has to a national religion. If so, our...

    18. March 5, 2013

      Ministers accused of NHS U-turn

      Ministers were accused of a U-turn on Tuesday as they announced that part of the health reform legislation will be...

    19. March 4, 2013

      NHS chief’s scalp won’t help hospitals

      As the nation continues to agonise over the scandalous lack of care at Mid-Staffordshire hospital between 2005 and 2009...

    20. February 5, 2013

      Cameron to attack hospital lapses

      David Cameron, the prime minister, will criticise “unacceptable” lapses of care at a Staffordshire hospital on...

    21. December 18, 2012

      GPs face patient spending curbs

      Family doctors will be forced to limit spending increases to below-inflation levels next year as the government...

    22. December 11, 2012

      Slow start on NHS commissioning approvals

      Under a quarter of the first wave of clinical commissioning groups to seek authorisation under government health...

    23. May 31, 2012

      Patient waiting times longest in eight years

      Patients are waiting longer for help in accident and emergency departments than at any time over the past eight years,...

    24. March 15, 2012

      Lloyds bars former directors’ £2m payout

      Eric Daniels, former chief executive of Lloyds Banking Group, and other departed directors, have been denied £2m of...

    25. February 23, 2012

      Care Quality Commission chief resigns

      Cynthia Bower has resigned as chief executive of the Care Quality Commission, the health and social care regulator,...

    26. February 13, 2012

      The coalition is prescribing bad policy and worse politics

      Good policy can make for bad politics. Useful reforms often invite short-term unpopularity. Sometimes the dynamics are...

    27. February 10, 2012

      Lack of clarity taints NHS reform

      When the coalition government was formed in May 2010, public satisfaction with the NHS was at record levels. So why...

    28. January 26, 2012

      NHS chief worries about savings ‘short cuts’

      The chief executive of the NHS has warned that his “greatest worry” for the government’s flagship reform programme is...

    29. November 29, 2011

      Statement brings pain, pain and more pain

      Anyone who thinks this is “just a blip” and that after the current four year squeeze on NHS spending “it will all be...

    30. September 12, 2011

      Rethink opens way for Chase Farm A&E closure

      Andrew Lansley finally ate his words on Monday and gave the go-ahead for the closure of a “blue light” A&E at Chase...

    31. August 3, 2011

      NHS reforms hit patient data project

      Andrew Lansley’s NHS reforms have cast a fresh cloud over the future of the service’s £11bn ($18bn) programme to...

    32. August 2, 2011

      NHS chief saw pay package rise 7 per cent

      The chief executive of the National Health Service saw his pay package rise by about 7 per cent last year, despite a...

    33. July 11, 2011

      Regime for failing hospitals attacked

      A new regime for dealing with failing NHS hospitals could produce “long delays” in making “essential” changes to the...

    34. July 8, 2011

      MPs must back care changes, says NHS chief

      Politicians of all parties must back big changes to the way hospitals provide care if the NHS is to make £20bn of...

    35. July 1, 2011

      Jilted LSE keeps a low profile

      The London Stock Exchange had to go through the formality of an extraordinary meeting on Thursday to postpone...

    36. June 14, 2011

      This curate’s egg carries a rotten whiff

      A curate’s egg. That is the easy and glib verdict over the coalition’s reform of its National Health Service reforms....

    37. Westminster Blog

      June 14, 2011

      Who now is the most powerful person in the NHS?

      As David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Andrew Lansley strutted their stuff at Guy’s Hospital today, arguing that lots of...

    38. May 3, 2011

      Meeting prompts talk of sidelining Lansley

      Health experts have been called in for a breakfast meeting with Paul Bate, David Cameron’s new special adviser on...

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