The NHS has been accused of keeping the public in the dark about controversial plans to plug a £250m funding gap by rationing services | GP full-time equivalent (FTE) numbers for England have risen slowly in the past quarter but doctors’ leaders have said the one per cent rise is too little and too slow | Staffing levels within Northern Ireland’s crisis-hit health service are expected to be cut in a desperate bid to save £70m by March.

More than nine in 10 of England’s 50 largest NHS hospital trusts are not staffed with nurses to the level planned by their own management | NHS England has decided to hold back money that would have otherwise trickled down to CCG finances because it is “simply not an option” for commissioners to dodge contributing to a system risk reserve | New figures show that spending on agency nurses in Lanarkshire has increased massively since 2010 – soaring by 14,000 per cent.

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.