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THE NHS deficit is £127 million worse than expected this year – and that’s without including the cost of extra cash to cope with the winter.

The NHS deficit is £127m worse than expected this year – and that’s without including the cost of extra cash to cope with the winter. The warning comes from number crunchers at NHS Improvement (NHSI) as trusts and foundation trusts predict a deficit of £623m this year.

Two unions are raising £10,000 to fund a legal challenge to prevent locums from losing thousands of pounds by NHS trusts taxing them as if they were employees.

Two unions are raising £10,000 to fund a legal challenge to prevent locums from losing thousands of pounds by NHS trusts taxing them as if they were employees.

The Independent Health Professionals Association (IHPA) teamed up with the Healthcare Professionals Union (HPU) to crowdfund £10,000 for legal fees by the end of November for legal costs.

Children with serious and terminal illnesses face a postcode commissioning lottery, meaning they are missing out on out of hours care and support, according to a children’s charity.

Children with serious and terminal illnesses face a postcode commissioning lottery, meaning they are missing out on out of hours care and support, according to a children’s charity.
Simon Stevens has reportedly been told that the buck stops with him over the service’s performance this winter, according to The Guardian

Simon Stevens has reportedly been told that the buck stops with him over the service’s performance this winter, according to The Guardian
Three west country CCGs are set to merge to create a new organisation with a combined budget of £1.15bn.

Three west country CCGs are set to merge to create a new organisation with a combined budget of £1.15bn.
NHS England has announced that Professor Stephen Powis has been appointed as its new national medical director.

NHS England has announced that Professor Stephen Powis has been appointed as its new national medical director.

Professor Powis is replacing Professor Sir Bruce Keogh who announced in April 2017 his plan to step down after 10 years of loyal services.

Professor Powis is currently holding several positions, including group chief medical officer at the Royal Free London NHS foundation trust.

The vast experience and knowledge he has acquired throughout his career will help him enhance the digital and innovation opportunities to improve the NHS.