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A third of emergency cancer patients don’t see GP before diagnosis

25.04.17: Over a third of cancer patients diagnosed as an emergency in England did not see their GP beforehand, a survey published in the British Journal of Medical Practice has today revealed. Research funded by the charity Cancer Research UK analys...

‘Labyrinthine’ health system slowing progress of HIV treatment

25.04.17: Progress being made to meet the needs of HIV sufferers is being held back by an overly complex system, a report has today revealed. The research conducted by think tank the King’s Fund, called ‘The future of HIV services in Engl...

Health leaders condemn lack of funds for ‘crisis in general practice’

07.04.17: Health leaders have hit out at the government after it was revealed that a record number of GP practices had been forced to close last year and that the number of patients changing GPs had risen by 150%. The figures, revealed through a Free...

Social prescribing: can it be better used as a pathway to work?

31.03.17: Karen Steadman, research and policy manager at the Work Foundation, part of Lancaster University, explains why work should play a more central role in social prescribing services. Health is influenced by a wide range of factors. We know smo...

Public satisfaction with NHS remains steady despite winter pressures

30.03.17: Public satisfaction with the NHS remained steady during 2016, as 63% of people said they were satisfied with the NHS, a survey published by the King’s Fund has revealed. In the ‘Public satisfaction with the NHS in 2016’ su...

NHS England to cut low-value medicines from prescriptions

28.03.17: The NHS will no longer prescribe medicines which are easily available over-the-counter including, antihistamines and suncream in an effort to find extra savings for the struggling health service. New guidelines coming into effect in April w...

CCG to close minor injury units alongside urgent service alterations

23.03.17: Minor injuries units across the East Riding of Yorkshire CCG region will be closed down and replaced by three urgent care centres at hospitals in Beverley, Bridlington and Goole, it has been revealed. The CCG states that the change will imp...

‘Extreme’ plan to replace 7,500 GPs with superhubs worrying for patients, says RCGP

17.03.17: Concern has been raised around the government’s proposed plan to replace 7,500 GP surgeries with 1,500 ‘superhubs’, after junior health minister David Mowat told MPs that the government was looking to implement the change. ...

Brexit could see rare disease patients pushed ‘to the back of the queue’ for care

28.02.17: Patients suffering from rare diseases could find themselves pushed to the “back of the queue” for treatment if the UK is removed from important European medical networks that combat these illnesses because of Brexit, the NHS European...

‘Risk-averse’ 111 service sending more callers to struggling A&E and ambulances

22.02.17: NHS 111 is sending growing numbers of callers to A&E or ambulances because the service can be too risk-averse to deal with illnesses, which health leaders believe can be contributing to the mounting strain on emergency services nationwide. ...

Very real risks to resilience

16.02.17: Analysis has revealed that some areas of care are being sustained or even improved despite intense pressures, but Robert Reed, research analyst at the Nuffield Trust, explains that the NHS in England is facing serious challenges in maintaining s...

Innovative Primary Care Home model to be expanded to over 100 sites

14.02.17: An innovative primary care model designed to improve care by giving patients a “single integrated and multidisciplinary team” is set to be expanded to over 100 sites next year, NHE has been told. Speaking at the Primary Care Con...

STPs using ‘RightCare approach’ to tackle bed shortages

13.02.17: The NHS ‘RightCare approach’ is being implemented at a local level as the programme moves to work with STPs and CCGs in order to identify system priorities and deliver whole-population change, particularly by cracking down on “...

Improving the flow

13.02.17: Glen Burley, chief executive of South Warwickshire NHS FT, explains how his organisation has been able to improve patient flow through its emergency department after taking part in the Flow Cost Quality programme. Back in December, the Heal...

Building better participation: patients as partners in healthcare

13.02.17: Since April 2016, it is a contractual obligation for all GP practices in England to have a patient participation group (PPG). Dr Patricia Wilkie, president and chairman of the National Association for Patient Participation (N.A.P.P.), discusses...

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Cancer Drugs Fund delivered ‘no meaningful value’ to patients

28/04/2017Cancer Drugs Fund delivered ‘no meaningful value’ to patients

The Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) set up by David Cameron to pay for medicine for over 100,000 people was not good value for money, despite costing the... more >
Health committee urges DH to draw up plan for post-Brexit uncertainty

28/04/2017Health committee urges DH to draw up plan for post-Brexit uncertainty

The Department of Health (DH) have been told to put contingency plans in place to prepare for the effect that Brexit could have on the health and... more >
STPs will not succeed where BCF has failed, warn MPs

28/04/2017STPs will not succeed where BCF has failed, warn MPs

MPs have slammed the government for the failure of the Better Care Fund (BCF) to achieve any of its objectives, arguing that they are unconvinced... more >

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22/03/2017New additions and unexpected announcements

As NHE went to press, many of us were still recovering from the chancellor’s unexpected health announcements in his last Spring Budget.   While the sector welcomed Philip Hammond’s revelations, centered on capital funding for advanced sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) and A&E triage schemes (page 24)... read more >

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Foreign patient charges are a distraction from the real issues

Foreign patient charges are a distraction from the real issues

Vivek Kotecha, research officer at the Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI), explains why the charging of foreign patients distracts from our home-grown NHS issues.  The Dep... more > more last word articles >
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Labour’s pledge to raise wages for ‘underpaid and overworked’ NHS staff

26/04/2017Labour’s pledge to raise wages for ‘underpaid and overworked’ NHS staff

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth will today outline a major campaign pledge to axe the NHS pay cap, saying that staff are “underpaid and overworked”. The change is predicted to cost the NHS around £1bn, however Labour say that this is the price the government should pay to show hardworking NHS staff that they ar... more >
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A single approach for purchasing HCTEDs

11/04/2017A single approach for purchasing HCTEDs

Andy Leary, finance director of specialised commissioning (National) at NHS England, discusses the new system for buying and supplying high-cost ... more >
Filling the void and standardising security

07/04/2017Filling the void and standardising security

Jayne King, chair of the National Association for Healthcare Security (NAHS) and head of security, portering and reception services at Guy’... more >
Fear barriers to help-seeking in the UK

07/04/2017Fear barriers to help-seeking in the UK

Jon Paxman, 2020health senior researcher, explains why reducing fear barriers may be essential to promoting timely help-seeking, improving health... more >
Considerable scope for improving how local areas tackle smoking

07/04/2017Considerable scope for improving how local areas tackle smoking

Amanda Sandford, information manager at Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), discusses the need to strengthen local relationships in tackling smok... more >

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Tight timetable for nursing associate  regulation

28/03/2017Tight timetable for nursing associate regulation

Jackie Smith, chief executive at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), talks to NHE’s David Stevenson about the challenges her organisat... more >
Improving the flow

13/02/2017Improving the flow

Glen Burley, chief executive of South Warwickshire NHS FT, explains how his organisation has been able to improve patient flow through its emerge... more >
Leadership development should be for all in health and care

07/12/2016Leadership development should be for all in health and care

Back in August, Stephen Hart joined Health Education England (HEE) as the organisation’s new director of leadership development, which incl... more >
The powerful link between staff and patient satisfaction

03/10/2016The powerful link between staff and patient satisfaction

David Behan CBE, chief executive of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), talks to NHE about the correlation between high rates of staff satisfactio... more >

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