More than a quarter of hospital trusts are now routinely delaying payments to their suppliers because of cash flow problems | The BMA in Northern Ireland is putting together ‘rescue teams’ of retired GPs to save practices on the brink of collapse | NHS Western Isles paid £2070 for a 12-hour locum job in 2015-16.

Liaison has been awarded the title of ‘Specialist Payroll & HR Provider Team of the Year’ at the 2017 Rewards | A number of NHS hospital trusts have put tax refund claims from staff on hold, while others are threatening to take back money already paid out | Addenbrooke’s Hospital could save £10m a year – the equivalent of 450 additional nurses, if it applied processes that other NHS trusts implement.

More will be done to protect the NHS in England from “despicable” acts of fraud which is currently estimated to total £1.25bn | Temporary staffing costs in UK maternity units rose to almost £100m last year | Lifting the NHS pay cap would cost less than £1bn by 2019-20 and could generate an additional £250m for the economy.

Research from Liaison has shown that locum pay jumped by a record 6.3% over the summer | NHS Lothian is spending nine times more on providing locum doctors to GP practices compared to two years ago | An NHS hospital has dropped out of an “Airbnb” scheme to rent spare rooms in people’s houses to patients who are not yet well enough to go home.

Unions representing locum doctors have threatened to seek a judicial review against NHSI claiming the NHS is continuing to wrongly apply new tax rules | A “landmark legal case” is set to be launched which could dramatically reduce the business rates paid by NHS trusts | The number of staff quitting the NHS in Scotland soared at the height of uncertainty over the future of the EU.