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MPs to consider doubling penalty for NHS worker assault

19.10.17: A Private Members’ Bill which would increase sentences for people found guilty of assaults on emergency workers will be discussed on Friday. The bill – proposed by Labour MP Chris Bryant – would double the maximum punishme... more >

DH opens £15m fund for mental health crisis care

19.10.17: The Department of Health has announced a new £15m fund to help people in danger of having a mental health crisis. The ‘Beyond Places of Safety’ scheme plans to focus on helping people in the lead-up to potential mental hea... more >

Government has ‘no choice’ but to spend on hospitals

19.10.17: The government must urgently put more funds into hospitals in the Autumn Budget, a new study has suggested. The Autumn 2017 Performance Tracker, created by the Institute for Government (IfG) and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and... more >

Our Health Heroes: NHS awards ceremony unveils shortlist

18.10.17: With the NHS facing unprecedented demand and difficult working conditions, it’s incredible that the workforce across the country still delivers great care to patients every single day. Requiring care is never a pleasant experience, but hav... more >

RCGP launches overseas doctors guide to entice foreign practitioners

18.10.17: The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has launched a guide for foreign doctors coming to Britain. The document – launched in conjunction with the NHS in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and with the General Me... more >

Data scandal worsens as NHS loses further 162,000 key patient files

18.10.17: Revelations that the NHS lost more than half a million patient files have been deepened with the reveal of a further 162,000 pieces of paperwork also missing. The information was discovered as part of a Public Accounts Committee (PAC) inqui... more >

Four million bed days lost due to ‘ridiculous’ care situation

18.10.17: Almost four million bed days have been lost since 2011 due to problems putting patients into community care once they have received hospital treatment. A study by Age UK has concluded that the number of days lost is still on the rise with p... more >

CMA: East Midlands MH merger to negatively affect care for patients

17.10.17: CCGs in the East Midlands will be negatively affected by the merger of two specialised service providers. An investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) concluded that competition in male mental health providers would be &l... more >

Londoner avoids prison for possession of nearly £500,000 in unlicensed medicines

17.10.17: A London man who was in possession of more than 209,000 unlicensed medicines worth upwards of £471,000 has been given a suspended sentence. Kim-Andre Frantzen, of Kenley, South London, received nine months in prison, suspended for 18... more >

CQC: Quality of A&E care improving but waiting times still a concern

17.10.17: A CQC survey has revealed that most people receiving urgent and emergency care in England are happy with their doctors and nurses. However, the 2016 Emergency Department Survey indicates serious concerns over long waiting times for treatmen... more >

BMA: Patients need action on overwhelmed GP practices

16.10.17: BMA officials have urged action over lack of funding for GP practices as the number of new patients soar, with an NHS Digital report finding that numbers have risen by more than 2.6 million in the last four years. The report showed that Bri... more >

NHS could pay up to £500m a year in ‘worst-case scenario Brexit’

16.10.17: Patients could be the victims of a £500m-a-year cost incurred in the health system if Brexit negotiations end arrangements between the UK and the EU and Britons abroad can no longer get reciprocal healthcare rights. The figures, which... more >

NHS England cracks down on sale of unhealthy foods in hospitals

16.10.17: NHS England has today told hospitals to stop selling super-size chocolate bars and “grab bags” of high-sugar snacks in its latest measure to promote healthy living in hospitals. Following the announcement that sugary drinks woul... more >

Hospital waiting time targets not met for last 18 months

13.10.17: The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has warned that the NHS is at risk of returning to its old waiting times without more support from the government. Over the last 10 years the NHS has reduced waiting times for planned treatment, with almost 9... more >

NAO: CQC faces challenges if it is to reduce poor care

13.10.17: The CQC must improve its timeliness if it is to continue to improve, the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned. The NAO found that the CQC does not meet its timeliness targets for some of its regulation activities, including registration and p... more >

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25/09/2017A hotbed of innovation

This edition of NHE comes hot on the heels of this year’s NHS Expo which, once again, proved to be a huge success at Manchester Central. A number of announcements were made during the event, with the health secretary naming the second wave of NHS digital pioneers, or ‘fast followers’, which follow the initial global digital exemplars who were revealed at the same show 12 months earlier.  Jeremy Hunt also stated that by the end of 2018 – the 70th birthday... read more >