A third of NHS providers are forecasting that they will not meet their financial control totals, according to a latest King’s Fund report | NHSI has reminded local service providers that they must appoint their own external auditors for the first time by 31 December 2016 | There are major gaps in trainee and consultant-level [...]

NHS hospital trusts are on course to overshoot their budgets by £850m this year, more than three times the deficit health service bosses said was acceptable | NHS England launches a competition for general practice whereby practices can apply for up to £100k to develop an innovative idea to cope with rising demand | Staff [...]

The NHS has been accused of not being transparent over the publication of controversial plans being drawn up across England to meet significant challenges across the health and care sector | Two-thirds of London’s GPs and more than half of the city’s consultants haven’t even heard of STPs, a survey has revealed | Plans for [...]

At least £1.5bn will be ploughed into extending GP access by 2021 | Birmingham NHS will face a £721m healthcare funding black hole in the next five years unless a radical overhaul takes place | Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) makes savings of over £1.5m on agency spend in just one year. [...]

Key stories this week: Spending by hospital trusts on agency staff is to be published in annual league tables | NHS spending will drop per head despite ageing population and growing demand | Just a 1% saving in the chaotic NHS procurement process could save £220m - enough to pay for more than 4000 junior [...]