Caps on the hourly rates of pay for agency nurses have brought down costs for NHS trusts, but many employers are still failing to recruit workers onto their bank or into permanent roles | Several community and mental health trusts have received significant extra investment funding that was originally intended for the acute sector | An investigation has exposed a £1bn bill for NHS Scotland – due to a repair backlog which has left hospital buildings as a major risk to health.
NHS Dumfries and Galloway chiefs paid £18,000 for a specialist to work as a locum for one week. The payment by the board is one of the highest single payments made as Scotland tackles a dire shortage of consultants | The government is pressing ahead with the sale of NHS Professionals (NHSP), with a deal expected to be announced by the autumn | The entire NHS estate will soon be able to access free internet as part of NHS Digital’s Wifi Programme. It aims to get all GP practices set up by the end of 2017, with hospitals and secondary care to follow in 2018.
NHS providers have succeeded in cutting their deficit by two-thirds over the financial year just ended, however the service missed its target by more than £200m, official figures have shown | GPs in a number of areas with severe staffing problems are to be offered £2,000 cash bonuses to sign up to work out of hours | NHS England has instructed hospital trusts not to pay GPs more than £80 per hour to staff its £100m GP-in-A&E scheme.
The number of nurses from the European Union registering to work in the UK has fallen by 96 percent since the Brexit vote last year | Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been named as ‘one of the top hospitals’ in the country – just seven months after it was pulled out of special measures | 91 percent of the family doctor training places in NHS Wales have been filled, compared to 75 percent at the same time last year.
NHS Improvement has made a significant U-turn over new tax rules for agency staff | NHS England has clarified rules on how CCGs manage conflicts of interest and confirmed new rules for accepting hospitality and gifts that will come in to force this week | Theresa May has backed a plan that describes NHS resources as a “source of untapped value” and called on the health service to take “a more commercial approach” to selling off its assets.