GPs in training will receive a “golden hello” of £20,000 if they start their careers in the countryside or on the coast | Southend Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is facing special measures over a £7m deficit | NHS Tayside bosses have vowed patient care will not suffer despite having to find more than £200m worth of savings over the next five years.

A shortage of trained staff meant the Great Western Hospitals Trust had to spend nearly £15m on temporary workers last year, an increase of 38% over 2015/16 | Plans to give health workers first refusal on affordable housing built on surplus NHS land have been welcomed by sector representatives | NHS Grampian accounts for 75% of all locum spend in the north of Scotland, the health board has said.

The four largest agencies supplying temporary medical staff to the NHS have seen a 24% fall in turnover, HSJ analysis reveals | Cambridgeshire NHS staff are celebrating a double success in this year’s NHS Innovation Competition after being named winners in two out of the six award categories | NHS England claims to have recruited more than half of the 5,000 pharmacists, nurses and other health professionals that were pledged to support the GP workforce by 2020.

The Department of Health spent almost £3m on consultant advice for its plan to sell off NHS Professionals, which was dropped earlier this month | More than £203m has been raised for the health service by selling off 295 surplus NHS properties, figures released by the government have revealed | West Midlands Ambulance Service has slashed its spending on agency staff by £2.8m in just one year, according to new figures.

Public sector employers are preparing to hire at the fastest pace since 2015, as NHS staff shortages and the rejection of austerity at the election encourages managers to recruit more workers | The NHS will try to cut £300m from its annual pharmaceuticals bill by using cheaper alternatives to the most expensive drugs | NHS Highland’s annual bill for private home care has almost doubled to £9m in three years.