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‘Unequivocal cries for NHS funding’ in Budget as public back tax rises

17.11.17: Taxpayers across England, Scotland and Wales would be willing to pay more tax in order to fund the NHS, research has revealed. When surveyed, over half of respondents in all areas supported the move to higher taxes to support the NHS. The po... more >

Scottish NHS accused of deliberately leaving positions vacant to save cash

17.11.17: Some Scottish NHS bosses have reportedly been deliberately leaving key positions vacant to save money. Speaking to MSPs at Holyrood’s Public Audit Committee, Scotland’s public finance watchdog, Audit Scotland, said it was one of... more >

Stamped London health devolution deal to focus on NHS property sell-off

17.11.17: A deal to give London unprecedented devolved powers over health and care has been signed by officials today. The agreement includes calls for the NHS to sell off unused land and buildings in the capital and reinvest the money in community a... more >

First-ever ACP framework launched by HEE

17.11.17: A new national framework for the development of Advanced Clinical Practitioners (ACPs) has been launched. Health Education England (HEE) devised the ‘National framework for multi-professional advanced clinical practice’ in partnersh... more >

‘Staffing on the cheap’ and cash cuts linked to 120,000 excess deaths

16.11.17: Spending cuts across the health service are linked to higher than expected deaths, researchers have claimed, with the NHS seeing around 120,000 excess deaths in the past seven years. The research, published in the BMJ, estimates that in order t... more >

Hospitals hit Q2 targets, but Mackey admits deficit ‘worse than planned’

16.11.17: English hospitals treated more patients within government target times in the second quarter of 2017-18 despite increased strain on services. Over the period between July and September more patients were treated within four hours at A&E... more >

CQC: Key community mental health services worsened since 2014

16.11.17: Patient experiences of community mental healthcare have worsened in some areas, with the overall landscape showing limited progress, a CQC survey has found. Results of the annual community mental health survey suggest that patients have not see... more >

‘Extraordinarily difficult’ NHS management threatens local initiatives

16.11.17: The NHS management culture risks undermining local initiatives, the Nuffield Trust has warned. In a new report, ‘A two-way street: What can CCGs teach us about accountability in STPs?’, the think tank argued that the NHS accountabil... more >

Hunt: Government knows trusts can’t fund pay cap commitment alone

15.11.17: In response to health questions at the Commons over the expected scrapping of the NHS pay cap at the upcoming Budget, health secretary Jeremy Hunt said he knew trusts would need more funding to ensure the commitment could be honoured. Asked... more >

Denying surgery based on lifestyle judgements ‘compromises patient trust’

15.11.17: Denying access to NHS treatments based on lifestyle choices will hamper doctor-patient relationships, the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) has cautioned. The warning has come in response to the latest CCG to opt to restrict access to NHS treatment.... more >

Ministers must commit to permanent status for ‘vital’ EU staff, says Keogh

15.11.17: It is not inevitable that EU staff leave the NHS because of Brexit, but the government should commit to permanent status for workers. This was the message from NHS England’s national medical director, Sir Bruce Keogh, who urged minist... more >

Keogh: Single commissioning process is ‘the right way forward’

14.11.17: The best way to solve the social care crisis would be by encouraging a single commissioning process whereby NHS trusts and local authorities pool resources and budget. Speaking to NHE during a visit to Manchester, Professor Sir Bruce Keogh... more >

NHS workforce must be Brexit ‘top priority’

14.11.17: Brexit negotiations must prioritise the NHS workforce, the RCGP has said in response to a striking BMA survey that revealed widespread unrest amongst doctors from the EU working in the UK. Over 2,000 GPs from the EU are planning to leave the UK... more >

NHS ‘will not be able to cope’ without EU doctors as fifth plan to leave

14.11.17: Almost a fifth of EU doctors have made plans to leave the UK following the Brexit referendum, a survey by the BMA has found. Currently EU workers make up around 7.7% of UK doctors, and many more work in public health and academic medicine. B... more >

Responsible antibiotics use could halve number of people with drug-resistant infections

13.11.17: Good management of antibiotics in hospitals could reduce the number of drug-resistant diseases affecting patients. Research, published in The Lancet, has found antibiotic stewardship programmes can reduce the number of hospital infections c... 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 >