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NHSE strikes largest ever deal to ‘completely eliminate’ hepatitis C

03/05/2019NHSE strikes largest ever deal to ‘completely eliminate’ hepatitis C

NHS England has reached a “first-of-its-kind” deal with three major drug companies that could completely eradicate hepatitis C, weathering a lengthy negotiation process and a legal ba... more >
DHSC reveals early focus for NHSX digital unit and names CEO

04/04/2019DHSC reveals early focus for NHSX digital unit and names CEO

NHSX has named its new chief executive as the government announces that its digital specialists will be joining up with cancer and mental health national policy teams to help improve patient expe... more >
Four arrested at Blackpool Victoria Hospital over allegations of poisoning

04/04/2019Four arrested at Blackpool Victoria Hospital over allegations of poisoning

Four healthcare professionals have been arrested by police on suspicion of administering poison to patients at a Blackpool hospital “with the intent to injure.” The allegations r... more >

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Kettering hospital trust exits special measures after two years

23/05/2019Kettering hospital trust exits special measures after two years

A Midlands Hospital Trust has left special measures by inspectors after two years when they found significant improvements had been made and a “clear vision and strategy” put in place... more >
The introduction of state indemnity and the continued importance of MDO membership

22/05/2019The introduction of state indemnity and the continued importance of MDO membership

Dr Caroline Fryar, head of advisory services at the Medical Defence Union (MDU), explains why medical defence organisation (MDO) membership remains important following the introduction of state i... more >
Trust to remain in special measures and issued with second CQC warning notice despite improvements

15/05/2019Trust to remain in special measures and issued with second CQC warning notice despite improvements

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS FT (NNUH) is to remain in special measures and has received a second CQC warning notice despite the CQC finding evidence of improvements and upgrading ... more >
London trust and CCG to appoint first joint leader in new shared working plans

15/05/2019London trust and CCG to appoint first joint leader in new shared working plans

A London trust and CCG have published new plans to increase the level of joint working between Croydon’s NHS services by appointing a new single joint leader. Croydon Health Services T... more >
NHS lost £212m from prescription fraud last year whilst 1.7m people wrongly fined, NAO finds

15/05/2019NHS lost £212m from prescription fraud last year whilst 1.7m people wrongly fined, NAO finds

Around 1.7 million fines have been wrongly handed out to patients and then overturned in the last five years, whilst the NHS also lost £212m last year due to wrongly claimed exemptions, the... more >

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The introduction of state indemnity and the continued importance of MDO membership

22/05/2019The introduction of state indemnity and the continued importance of MDO membership

Dr Caroline Fryar, head of advisory services at the Medical Defence Union (MDU), explains why medical defence organisation (MDO) membership remains important following the introduction of state indemnity. On 1 April 2019, state indemnity for NHS contracted primary care work was introduced ... more >
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Turning blue lights green

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Going back to school at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

10/04/2019Going back to school at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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How the new nursing associate role will break new ground

10/04/2019How the new nursing associate role will break new ground

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A smarter approach to tackling AMR

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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 >