EXCLUSIVE: ‘Silly’ orders hindering key information sharing
Councils are struggling to share key information with NHS trusts and Whitehall because guidance on secure email is being interpreted in a ‘silly’ fashion, The MJ has learned.
The benefits of place-based care and support
A fast-changing provider landscape is emerging in health and social care. Ewan King outlines what a place-based system should include and some of the challenges ahead.
EXCLUSIVE: Fresh bed-blocking fine threat looming
Councils are facing a fresh risk of NHS fines for ‘bed-blocking’ as health bodies struggle to hit new Treasury targets to reduce deficits.
CIPFA warning as General Election called
MPs should not use the snap General Election to make ‘undeliverable promises’ about the future funding of public services, experts have warned.
Councils can’t be junior partners in STPs
Helen McKenna explains the vital role local government must play in health and care transformation plans.
Stark choices – higher taxes or fewer services?
It is time for an honest debate about what we want from our public services, says Heather Jameson.
Integration future called into question
The future of health and social care integration has been called into question after the NHS signalled a major shift towards an increasingly provider-driven system.
'Divide and rule' approach threatens health and care relationships
The Government’s ‘divide and rule’ tactics could create a rift in what has been a blossoming relationship between NHS and local government, a senior health sector figure has warned.
A helping hand to our public sector friends
Cllr Simon Blackburn explains why Blackpool Council decided to loan £9.2m to its local NHS trust.
Councils ‘best’ to decide where to spend £2bn for social care
Councils have been told they are ‘best placed’ to decide how to spend the additional £2bn the Government has stumped up for social care.
Virgin Care sues Surrey CC over ‘flawed’ deal
Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Care Services is suing Surrey CC over the procurement process of a children’s services contract.
Councils are braced for NHS cash raid
Local government is bracing itself for a NHS cash grab as it battles for influence over how to spend the extra £2bn for social care.
Adult social care market 'broken'
The adult social care market is ‘broken’ with services now bought at prices that are unsustainable, a damning report has warned.
Council approves £9m hospital loan
Senior councillors have approved a £9.2m loan to help Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Budget 2017: Hammond announces £2bn social care cash
Chancellor Philip Hammond has promised additional grant funding of £2bn over the next three years in an attempt to plug England’s social care budget gap.
Corridors of Power meets White Van Man
Chancellor Philip Hammond has a dream in which he finds he’s turned into White Van Man ...
Give our councils control over the health service
Control of the health service should be wrestled from the NHS and handed to local government to improve its running, a pair of academics has argued.
CCG deal may create conflicts
Council officers taking leadership roles in a pioneering partnership with a clinical commissioning group could be forced to back controversial decisions their own authority opposes.
STP fears as bosses ‘not confident’ about delivery
Fresh concerns about sustainability and transformation plans (STP) have been raised after a survey found senior council figures lacked the confidence they will deliver on social care.
Deputy promoted to chief at borough
Bill Cullen has been named chief executive of Hinckley & Bosworth BC.