Weekly NHS news digest December 23, 2011
Our weekly round up of stories affecting the NHS
- Dorset to cut community services
Dorset County Hospitals is to cut services in the community.
- 4% increase in outpatient appointments
Figures show an increase in outpatient appointments of 4%.
- Whistleblowing helpline extended to social care staff
From 1 January the NHS whistleblowing helpline will be extended to include staff and employers in the social care sector.
- Strike action in Swindon
Hospital staff discuss strike action over allegations of ‘bullying’ by management.
- NHS Isle of Wight to separate for April 2012
Provider and commissioner functions are to be separated by April 2012.
- RealTime live at North Cumbria
North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust has begun a wide-scale roll-out of the RealTime system.
- Two County Durham CCGs
Five County Durham CCGs have become two.
- Unions reach pension agreement
Unions representing NHS employees have agreed to suspend plans for further industrial action.
- ITT to provide occupational services
East Midlands Ambulance Service would like expressions of interest to provide occupational health services and/or employee assistance programme services.