NHS Improvement drops back office efficiency target | NHS Trusts have spent over £1million preparing for the incoming EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), according to research from the Parliament Street think tank | Three STPs to share leader and form integrated care system. Three northern sustainability and transformation partnerships have appointed a single leader and are aiming to become an integrated care system by April 2019

Use of the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) is being pushed out nationally across urgent care settings following a successful pilot | NHS bodies told to boost mental health funds or face sanctions. Commissioning groups in England must answer to officials if they miss investment standard | CCGs are on course to overspend their total budget by £687m at the end of 2017-18, while the overall commissioning system will balance its books.

More than one million NHS staff are being offered pay increases of at least 6.5% over three years | Hospital doctors will find new NHS order on checkups ‘impossible’ to fulfil because so many hospitals are struggling to fill medical rotas | Nearly 20 NHS suppliers have been targeted by fraudsters who are using fabricated NHS documents to order and intercept expensive devices such as laptops and tablets.

HM Revenue and Customs has been scrutinising potential attempts from clinical commissioning groups to minimise GPs’ tax payments | The health service’s financial watchdog will spend £500k on private management consultants | Poole Hospital is one of the top five hospitals in the country which staff would recommend to either work or receive care at.

Struggling NHS trusts are being hit with massive interest payments to the Government on top of their own debts | NHS Tayside, which has already been loaned more than £37m by taxpayers, requires another emergency bailout it has emerged | A pilot scheme run by the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust, which has the potential to save the NHS more than £1m, has been shortlisted for a national award.