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BMA and DHSC agree new £256m deal for GP contracts

20.03.18: The BMA have come to a deal with NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) on the next contract terms for GPs, which will an overall investment of £256m and an interim 1% pay rise. Separate pay negotiations are s... more >

NHS England could delay rollout of digital GP app

20.03.18: The NHS is to commission an independent review of the innovative GP at Hand app. The app, run by health provider, Babylon, allows patients to have video consultations with GPs in practices based in Hammersmith and Fulham, London. However, fu... more >

Retention of doctors needs equal focus to new university places to meet doctor shortage

20.03.18: New medical schools will not tackle the immediate shortage of NHS doctors, the BMA has warned. The comments come in response to the Department of Health and Social Care’s announcement that five new medical schools will be launched. Pla... more >

Providers assure organisations that WOS are not form of backdoor privatisation

20.03.18: Suggestions that wholly owned subsidiaries (WOS) are a means to backdoor privatisation are “inaccurate and misleading,” according to NHS Providers. A new report by NHS Providers argues that they are actually a “key tool”... more >

Welsh GPs to get 1% pay increase in £12m deal

19.03.18: Officials from the Welsh Government have agreed a final pay deal with the BMA’s Welsh GP Committee (GPC Wales), which includes a 1% increase and a reduction to the contentious Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF). The agreement sets o... more >

Four MH trusts screen all patients for radicalisation, report finds

19.03.18: Applying radicalisation screening to all mental health service users risks “inappropriately stigmatising the mentally ill”, a report has warned. Research carried out by Warwick University found that four mental health trusts current... more >

Student nurses may not receive further loan payments this year, says RCN

19.03.18: Student nurses have been warned not to expect further student loan payments this year, according to the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). Administrative errors in the loans system resulted in overpayments, affecting hundreds of student nurses acr... more >

Controversial hospital demolition plans stalled by major judicial review

16.03.18: A campaign group has won the right to a judicial review against the demolition of Huddersfield Royal Infirmary (HRI). Hands Off HRI mounted its campaign against the closure or downgrading of hospitals or health services within the Huddersfield... more >

Over one billion community prescriptions dispensed as ‘inevitable’ rise continues

16.03.18: The number of prescription items dispensed in the community in England increased last year, according to NHS Digital’s latest figures. In 2017, 1.1 billion items were dispensed, which was up by 0.15% compared to 2016. However, despite... more >

‘More work must be done’ as less than half of junior doctors entering specialist training

16.03.18: The number of junior doctors entering specialist training immediately after completing their foundation years is continuing to decline, according to new figures. The UK Foundation Programme’s Career Destinations Report 2017 revealed that... more >

CQC calls for improved leadership in mental health review

15.03.18: Strong leadership is vital to deliver improvements in mental health trusts, according to the CQC. The commission has today published a report exploring how seven NHS mental health trusts have made significant improvements in the quality of care... more >

Britain ‘a long way short’ of developed countries on infant mortality and childhood obesity

15.03.18: The UK is lagging behind peers in child health, according to new research by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The research is the first ever international analysis to look at UK child health measures over time and has revealed that hea... more >

CQC praises ‘high-quality, person-centred care’ in latest system-wide review

15.03.18: Health and care services in Coventry have been praised by the CQC after the inspectorate completed the next in a series of system-wide integrated care reviews across the country. Inspectors singled out Coventry City Council and NHS Coventry... more >

Scottish health board blasted for chronic pain waiting times ‘verging on scandalous’

14.03.18: A health board in Scotland has been heavily criticised after managing to see just 6% of patients who visited facilities with chronic pain within the 18-week targeted waiting time. NHS Ayrshire and Arran was blasted by Scottish Conservative... more >

CQC looks to hire 100 more inspectors after £10m underspend

14.03.18: The CQC is planning to hire an additional 100 inspectors to decrease the current workload on its staff, specifically for those investigating the adult social care sector. A recent staff survey pointed to workload pressures as one of the key... 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 >