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.

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.