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The NHS will recruit an army of British nurses after Brexit instead of paying expensive agency staff under plans being considered by ministers. | A report from the Getting It Right First Time Programme (GIRFT) found that significant savings of up to £1.4bn annually by 2021 could be achieved simply by changing procedures in hospitals. | NHS trusts could face considerable fines if they do not put robust cyber security measures in place in their organisations.


NHS trusts were forced to draw down £2.7bn of emergency cash bailouts from the government last year | The numbers of EU doctors applying to work in the UK has fallen since last year’s Brexit referendum, but has been mitigated by an influx of international doctors | A legal dispute over who pays for work done by nurses in a social rather than a health care setting has been lost by the Welsh NHS.


More money should be spent on the NHS, though funding alone is not the answer to all of its problems, according to England’s outgoing chief inspector of hospitals | A third of NHS organisations in the South East have been rated inadequate. Five out of 14 CCGs across Kent, Sussex and Surrey are now in special measures | Scotland’s government and health boards have failed to plan effectively for long-term staffing challenges, Audit Scotland has said.


Scottish health boards spent £25m on agency nurses last year — up from about £4m in 2010-11 | The Department of Health has reported an underspend of £563m for 2016/17 but remains “some way from achieving financial sustainability”, auditors have said | NHS England is increasing the target for its overseas recruitment programme from 500 to around 2,000. It is understood that this includes both GPs from the EU and other overseas countries.


Nine in ten locums are now hired to cover unfilled permanent posts, according to figures from Liaison that suggest the NHS is struggling to attract doctors without paying a premium | Some NHS hospital trusts have more than 1,000 staff vacancies while others have left crucial roles unfilled for up to two years, an ITV News investigation has revealed | Trusts who have more managers tend to have better patient care and outcomes, new research released this week has found.