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Welfare Reform on the Web (May 2010): National Health Service - funding

Auditors called in to NHS Employers

C. Santry

Health Service Journal, Mar. 31st 2010, p. 4-5

Ambitious plans to turn NHS Employers into a membership organisation offering human resources services such as pay and pension reviews, health and wellbeing services and recruitment processes have been scrapped due to lack of response from NHS trusts. It is reported that the Department of Health also perceived problems if NHS Employers became a membership organisation as well as its agent for negotiating contracts with staff.

Financial directors feel a distinct nip in the air

S. Gainsbury

Health Service Journal, Mar. 31st 2010, p. 12-13

Sixty-five per cent of primary care trust finance directors who responded to a HSJ survey said that the outlook was either 'moderately worse' or 'substantially worse' in 2010/11. There has also been a dramatic increase in the number of finance directors throughout the NHS planning recruitment freezes. Considerable interest in delegating more duties to lower paid and lower skilled staff emerged.

Health warning

T. Shifrin

Public Finance, Mar. 5th-11th 2010, p. 20-23

In debates over how to reduce the deficit in the public finances, both the Conservatives and the Labour Party have stressed that the NHS will not bear the brunt of spending cuts. However, the Chancellor of the Exchequer has made clear that huge efficiency savings will be required after 2010/11. In response, NHS trusts are already announcing staff cuts and service closures, sparking public protests.

PCTs bend pay rules to fill senior jobs

C. Santry and S. Gainsbury

Health Service Journal, Mar. 18th 2010, p. 4-5

Primary care trusts are being forced to bend pay rules to fill board level posts at a time when recruitment problems are predicted to deepen. Strict pay rules are making them increasingly reliant on 'creative recruitment practices' such as one-off allowances and recruitment and retention premiums which boost salaries by as much as 40%. Such practices may become even more prevalent following a government announcement that very senior NHS managers' pay will be frozen in 2010/11.

NHS bosses get pay rise double that of nurses

C. Hope

Daily Telegraph, Apr. 12th 2010, p. 7

A survey by Incomes Data Services (IDS) has shown that NHS chief executives received average pay rises of 6.9% in 2008/09, compared to rises of just 2.75% given to nurses. Salaries of heads of foundation trusts increased by an average of 7.8%, compared with 6.1% for chief executives of non-foundation trusts. At this time, the Department of Health had indicated that it wanted the pay bill for senior managers to rise by no more than 2.2% overall.

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