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Welfare Reform on the Web (May 2007): National Health Service - funding

Review Body for Nursing and Other Health Professions – 22nd report 2007

London: TSO, 2007 (Cm 7029)

Key recommendations and conclusions of the Review Body are: 1) an increase in the Agenda for Change pay rates of 2.5 per cent from 1 April 2007; and 2) and increase of 2.5% in the existing minimum and maximum High Cost Area Supplements for Inner London, Outer London and the Fringe. The Review Body state that they have faced difficulties in obtaining sufficiently robust, up-to-date information in a number of crucial areas, particularly the past and current earnings of the remit group, the morale of the workforce, and the relationship between affordability, the Departmental Expenditure Limits and the tariff uplift in England. It therefore recommends that the health departments provide it with more timely data before the beginning of the next review.

Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists’ Remuneration - 36th report 2007

London: TSO, 2007 (Cm 7025)

Key recommendations and conclusions of the Review Body are: 1) a cash amount of £1,000 per annum should be added to each point in the pay scale for consultants, staff and associate specialists and dentists; and a cash amount of £650 per annum should be added for doctors and dentists in hospital training; 2) Clinical Excellence Awards, commitment awards, distinction and discretionary awards for consultants should remain at their 2006-07 rates; and 3) the independent contractor General Medical Practitioners have benefited financially from the new contract and have received sizeable increases in their profits in recent years, therefore The Review Body recommends a zero increase in their pay this year. Finally, as there was no indication that there was a problem in recruiting in London, there was no reason to increase London weighting.

Saving the NHS for the future

Anon.

Labour Research, vol.96, Apr. 2007, p.16-18

Unions are concerned about the impact of NHS deficits on jobs and services. Their biggest worry is the impact of increased competition on NHS Trust finances. The article includes a summary of the King’s Fund’s diagnosis of the underlying causes of the deficits.

Taking the private pennies without the public grief

A. Moore

Health Service Journal, vol.117, Apr. 5th 2007, p. 14-15

As NHS finances tighten, some hospitals may look to increase their income by taking on more private work. However, there are many factors limiting expansion, including current low demand for private healthcare, reduced prices charged by some independent hospitals, and the governments cap on the amount foundation hospitals can earn from private work.

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