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BMA to sue government over pension changes resulting in ‘huge’ losses

12/03/2019BMA to sue government over pension changes resulting in ‘huge’ losses

The British Medical Association (BMA) is to sue the government on behalf of thousands of doctors who have claimed they have been forced to join a pension scheme that will result in “huge fi... more >
NHS reveals plans to scrap  four-hour A&E target to focus on quality

11/03/2019NHS reveals plans to scrap four-hour A&E target to focus on quality

The NHS has unveiled plans to overhaul its four-hour A&E target and announced it will trial new “rapid care measures” which will prioritise treating the most extreme cases quicker... more >
Sussex trust faces ‘unlimited fine’ after failing in care of suicidal teenager

07/03/2019Sussex trust faces ‘unlimited fine’ after failing in care of suicidal teenager

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has pleaded guilty to failing to provide safe care to a 19-year-old who died under its supervision, and could now face an unprecedented fine following a cr... more >

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Infant death sparks national investigation from Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch

21/03/2019Infant death sparks national investigation from Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch

A national investigation into NHS staff’s ability to recognise seriously ill and deteriorating infants has been launched following the death of a three-month-old infant died hours after bei... more >
NHSE to strip Capita of ‘shambolic’ cervical screening contract and bring it in-house

21/03/2019NHSE to strip Capita of ‘shambolic’ cervical screening contract and bring it in-house

NHS England (NHSE) has stripped Capita of its cervical screening administration services following “shambolic” errors made in failing to deliver over 50,000 letters to patients. ... more >
NHS staffing crisis to double without radical change in ‘vicious cycle of growing shortages and declining quality’

21/03/2019NHS staffing crisis to double without radical change in ‘vicious cycle of growing shortages and declining quality’

The NHS could have a shortfall of 70,000 nurses and 7,000 GPs within the next five years and the crisis is so now so severe it “cannot be filled,” according a new report from health t... more >
NHS chiefs accuse NHSE of scrapping flagship targets because it can no longer meet them

20/03/2019NHS chiefs accuse NHSE of scrapping flagship targets because it can no longer meet them

Plans to scrap the flagship four-hour A&E targets have been criticised by NHS chiefs, with some accusing NHS England of trying to abandon key targets because they can no longer meet them. ... more >
Private hospital in Dundee announces closure with 50 jobs to go

20/03/2019Private hospital in Dundee announces closure with 50 jobs to go

A private hospital in Dundee has announced that it will close in the summer because of falling numbers of local people paying for private insurance. Fernbrae Hospital will shut down in May a... more >

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Personal Health Budgets: empowering individuals

20/03/2019Personal Health Budgets: empowering individuals

Jon Baker, PHBChoices director at NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) believes that the extension of Personal Health Budgets (PHBs) is a great opportunity for clinical commissioning groups (CCG) to expand and improve care provision – provided that the right infrastructure is in place. ... more >
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Staying curious with the Shadow Board Programme

20/03/2019Staying curious with the Shadow Board Programme

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Fiction as Therapy

20/03/2019Fiction as Therapy

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Capturing funds for the NHS estate

20/03/2019Capturing funds for the NHS estate

Aahsan Rahman, department head of town planni... more >
The digital revolution for healthcare is now!

20/03/2019The digital revolution for healthcare is now!

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Hard to be optimistic

Hard to be optimistic

Rachel Power, chief executive of the Patients Association, warns that we must be realistic about the very real effects of continued underfunding across the health service. It’s now bey... more > more last word articles >