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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 >

Nurses missing out on vital training

17.05.18: Cuts to NHS funding mean that nurses are missing out on training, according to the Royal College of Nurses (RCN). The union has warned that if employers do not ensure that nurses have access to continuing professional development (CPD), with gu... more >

Patients put ‘at risk of serious harm’ in ineffective £330m Capita deal

17.05.18: Patients could have been put at serious risk as a result of a “widespread failures” in an attempt to outsource primary care duties by NHS England, a new report has found. The seven-year contract, worth £330m and awarded to... more >

Trust boss apologises for care failings of student found dead after fleeing hospital

17.05.18: Sussex Partnership NHS FT has issued a public apology about the care that Janet Müller received from the trust. Müller was “unlawfully killed” by Christopher Jeffrey-Shaw in 2015 after she absconded from Mill View Hospital... more >

UK risks being ‘second-tier state’ for drugs without post-Brexit EMA deal, MPs say

17.05.18: The government must “protect the UK’s status as a world leader for pharmaceuticals” in a future made uncertain by the ongoing Brexit negotiations, MPs have said today. A report released by the Business, Energy and Industri... more >

Hospitals stalled by Carillion bust a result of 'recklessness, hubris, and greed', MPs say

16.05.18: Two major NHS hospitals halted halfway through building were a consequence of “rotten corporate culture” at the now-collapsed construction firm Carillion, a government-backed report has claimed. A scathing Commons inquiry into t... more >

NMC ignored families and police evidence in ‘incompetent’ handling of Morecambe Bay scandal

16.05.18: The conduct of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) during the Morecambe Bay scandal did not act on concerns raised against midwives suspected of providing dangerously poor care, a major report commissioned by Jeremy Hunt has argued. In... more >

North west hospitals put on top alert level 32 times last winter – 30 more than 2016

16.05.18: Hospitals in one region of England were placed on the highest level of alert 32 times over the winter period, according to a new report. Information from the BBC today found that the number of NHS trusts in the north west put on severe leve... more >

NHS spends almost £1.5bn on temporary nursing staff to plug gap

15.05.18: The NHS spends at least £1.46bn on temporary nursing staff, it has been revealed. A Freedom of Information (FoI) request by the Open University for its report, ‘Tackling the nursing shortage’, revealed that many trusts have be... more >

Mental and physical health pilot cuts A&E admissions by two-thirds

15.05.18: A pilot scheme that integrates mental and physical treatments has improved mental health care for patients with physical ailments and, as a result, has cut hospital admissions by three-quarters, according to NHS England. Since 2016, the NHS has... more >

NMC leader Jackie Smith steps down ahead of Morecambe Bay scandal review

15.05.18: The leader of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has announced her resignation. Jackie Smith will leave her post as chief executive and registrar of the NMC at the end of July 2018. The announcement comes just days before the Profession... more >

Nurses open up about ‘scandalous and cruel’ staff gaps pushing them into new careers

14.05.18: Staff shortages are affecting patient care and the mental and physical health of nurses themselves, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has warned. A new report by the college, ‘Nursing on the brink’, analyses thousands of comments s... more >

Royal college fires criticism at ‘failing’ GMC over controversial legal cases

14.05.18: The General Medical Council (GMC) has been called upon to win back the trust of the medical profession after a series of controversial court cases that have negatively impacted the morale of staff. In a submission submitted to today’s... more >

NHS Providers and Confederation join forces in new Community Network

14.05.18: NHS Providers and the NHS Confederation have joined forces to establish the Community Network. It is hoped that the network will be an influential voice for the community services sector, promoting for community services to play a leading role... 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 >