The four largest agencies supplying temporary medical staff to the NHS have seen a 24% fall in turnover, HSJ analysis reveals | Cambridgeshire NHS staff are celebrating a double success in this year’s NHS Innovation Competition after being named winners in two out of the six award categories | NHS England claims to have recruited more than half of the 5,000 pharmacists, nurses and other health professionals that were pledged to support the GP workforce by 2020.

The Department of Health spent almost £3m on consultant advice for its plan to sell off NHS Professionals, which was dropped earlier this month | More than £203m has been raised for the health service by selling off 295 surplus NHS properties, figures released by the government have revealed | West Midlands Ambulance Service has slashed its spending on agency staff by £2.8m in just one year, according to new figures.

Public sector employers are preparing to hire at the fastest pace since 2015, as NHS staff shortages and the rejection of austerity at the election encourages managers to recruit more workers | The NHS will try to cut £300m from its annual pharmaceuticals bill by using cheaper alternatives to the most expensive drugs | NHS Highland’s annual bill for private home care has almost doubled to £9m in three years.

The government has stopped the sale of NHS Professionals; the state-owned agency that supplies more than 90,000 doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers to the health service | Locum GPs could be paying thousands of pounds in ‘unfair’ tax payments, the Locum Doctors’ Union (LDU) has said, as it released guidance advising locums how to navigate IR35 tax rules with providers | The Scottish government will scrap the one percent cap on public sector pay, opening the possibility of real-terms pay increases for GPs next year.

NHS trusts in England ended last year with an overspend almost £3bn more than previously reported after temporary funding boosts and one-off savings were stripped out, according to new analysis | The NHS is “leaking” money to private companies in contracts to build and run hospitals, a report says | Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust bosses paid out £1.6m on temporary workers in June, up £249,000 from the previous month.