Prime Minister Theresa May has handed social care responsibilities over to Jeremy Hunt, who will now be secretary of state for Health and Social Care | Jim Mackey is in discussions with other providers to establish an “NHS alternative to PFI”, which would aim to deliver “off balance sheet” capital projects | Tameside General Hospital has become the first in the country to implement a ban on sugary food and drinks in an effort to promote healthier living.

NHS groups have received millions of pounds in undeclared payments, sponsorship and hospitality from drug companies and private sector organisations, an investigation has found | NHS Scotland spent almost £14m on external consultants over the past three years, of which more than £1.6m went on advice about cutting waiting times for operations | The technology behind the cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, could transform the workings of NHS and save lives, a member of the Treasury Select Committee has said.

The NHS is poised to ensure that it only works with compliant PAYE Umbrella Companies as it seeks to improve transparency on its use of agency workers | The NHS will need 190,000 more clinicians by 2027 unless demand is reduced through better productivity and service transformation | NHS boards across Scotland are to receive an injection of £8.4m for resilience ahead of the busy festive period.

The cost of clinical negligence has quadrupled over the last decade | GPs have been sent a letter from a private healthcare company outlining a new ‘self-pay service’ | Scotland’s hospitals have seen a 10 per cent increase in consultant vacancies in the last year.

The Chancellor, Philip Hammond has announced an extra £2.8bn of NHS funding over the next three years | The NHS has lost the equivalent of 1,000 full-time GPs in the past year | Concordia International, the Canadian drug company, has overcharged the NHS by more than £100m in the past decade.