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Taxes must rise by at least 4% to prevent NHS deterioration as ‘no savings left to make’

24.05.18: A taxation increase of at least 4% a year is necessary to prevent “unnecessary costs, inefficiencies and uncertainty” and improve quality of care in the NHS, a major report has argued today. The Institute for Fiscal Studies... more >

Harding plans volunteering scheme for NHSI staff to ‘serve on the frontline’ during winter

24.05.18: The chair of NHS Improvement (NHSI) has announced that she wants to open a volunteering scheme for the organisation’s staff to experience the challenges of primary care in winter. Speaking at the Health Foundation conference in London... more >

Hawking-backed fight against ‘unlawful’ NHS privatisation reaches High Court

23.05.18: Legal proceedings will begin today at the High Court with a campaign group challenging the government over plans to implement accountable care organisations (ACOs), which they claim is an attempt to increase private services operating in the NHS... more >

NHS can’t replace ‘tatty’ and broken-down equipment due to lack of funding

23.05.18: “Missed investment opportunities” for vital cancer scanning and major equipment were identified as issues created due to government cuts in NHS funding, new research shows. Broken-down ambulances, rotten windows, and “tatt... more >

Seven found guilty for defrauding NHS using ‘ghost shift’ payments

23.05.18: Seven people have been prosecuted for money laundering and conspiracy to defraud offences against the NHS, the NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA) has revealed. Medical recruitment officer Charles Elad, 46 – who was working for ID Me... more >

NHS board blasted for ‘number of weaknesses’ in regional financial management

23.05.18: A government-commissioned review has identified “poor financial management” in its assessment of NHS Tayside, calling on the board to review the robustness of its financial future. NHS Tayside’s financial board, which has... more >

GPs rely on ‘opportunistic’ assessment for some conditions

22.05.18: The lack of an evidence-based screening programme for atrial fibrillation means that patients rely on GPs to “opportunistically check” a patient’s pulse, the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) has warned. Professor Helen Stokes-Lampa... more >

Gross negligence manslaughter review working group appointed

22.05.18: The working group for the independent review into gross negligence manslaughter has been appointed. Dame Clare Marx, chair of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management, will conduct the review, ordered by Jeremy Hunt amidst concerns foll... more >

Increasing urgent admissions reflect growing NHS pressures

22.05.18: The number of patients admitted urgently to hospital has rocketed by 42% over the past decade, according to new research by the Health Foundation. The figures reveal that patients arriving in A&E are sicker than ever and more likely to need... more >

AI a ‘weapon’ against avoidable cancer deaths

21.05.18: Theresa May has called artificial intelligence (AI) a weapon in the fight against cancer. Speaking in Macclesfield yesterday, the prime minister challenged the NHS, AI sector and health charities to use data and AI to transform the diagnosis of... more >

Chief executive of York foundation trust to step down

21.05.18: The chief executive of York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Patrick Crowley, will retire from his position at the end of the month. Crowley joined the trust in 2007 having had a key role in implementing the trust into a foundation t... more >

Community services still ‘overstretched and underfunded’, despite promises

21.05.18: Promises to bring more patient care closer to home have fallen flat, according to a report by NHS Providers. Multiple national strategies have concluded that the NHS must do more to help people stay well in their own homes and communities, avoi... more >

Trusts supported to recover over £50m from overseas patients

21.05.18: NHS Improvement has established an overseas cost improvement programme to help trusts recover treatment costs from overseas patients. The NHS body has identified 50 acute trusts to receive “intense support” to recover costs from ove... more >

Government ‘letting down’ cancer patients, Labour warns

18.05.18: Patients are waiting up to 18 months for cancer treatment, according to figures obtained by Labour. A Freedom of Information (FoI) request by the party revealed that two thirds of the trusts that responded had at least one patient waiting over... more >

Data sharing to improve care: the GP potential

18.05.18: As sharing data across organisations becomes the norm in the NHS, will general practice embrace its potential to improve the care we deliver to patients? Rebecca Fisher, a GP and policy fellow at the Health Foundation, investigates. “... 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 >