NHS staff could be forgiven for feeling demotivated this week, with allegations of waste, staff shortages and contract disputes being the subject of national debate.

Firstly, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is expected to announce today that talks to settle the junior doctors dispute have failed.  He is also predicted to announce that the source of the dispute, namely new contracts, are due to be imposed on junior doctors from 1 August.    The secretary will deliver his statement to the Commons at around midday today, but the contents have already been made public…… read more