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Glasgow hospital design to be reviewed after post-mortem links child’s death to pigeon infection

23.01.19: The Scottish health minister has ordered a review of the design of Glasgow’s flagship Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) after an infection linked to pigeon droppings was found to be a “contributing factor” in the death... more >

Outgoing NHS digital chief wrote ‘puff piece’ for future employer in ‘jaw-droppingly inappropriate’ behaviour

23.01.19: NHS England’s outgoing chief digital officer has been criticised for “jaw-droppingly inappropriate” behaviour after she announced her departure for a health technology start-up she had praised in a “puff piece” arti... more >

Spending on agency staff has ‘increased markedly’ by 171% to cover vacancies across Welsh NHS

23.01.19: NHS spending on agency staff in Wales has risen 171% in the last seven years, the majority of which is spent by the health service to provide cover for vacant positions, according to the Welsh Audit Office (WAO). The financial watchdog said... more >

Trainee GPs ‘made life decisions’ based on misleading information promising £20,000 golden hello payment

22.01.19: Trainee GPs expecting a £20,000 golden hello incentive to train in certain areas have been denied payments after they were misled by a “lack of clarity” over eligibility. The government’s ‘golden hello’ s... more >

Health secretary to meet Glasgow hospital bosses over deaths in pigeon infection outbreak

22.01.19: Scotland’s health secretary is to meet top NHS officials to discuss the outbreak of an infection caused by pigeon droppings which has led to two patient deaths at an £842m Glasgow hospital. An investigation is underway into the... more >

Top London mental health trust reveals chief executive’s plans to retire

22.01.19: A top London mental health trust has announced that its chief executive will be retiring from his role later this year after “six very successful years.” Matthew Patrick will step down from the top job at South London and Maudsl... more >

Investigator in Gosport War Memorial scandal says evidence is strong enough to bring charges

21.01.19: The detective who led the investigation into the deaths of hundreds of deaths at Gosport Hospital has said he believes there is strong enough evidence to bring criminal charges. A public inquiry in June last year into over 800 deaths at Gos... more >

NHS Improvement appoints two NHS trust CEOs to major workforce and improvement roles

21.01.19: NHS Improvement (NHSI) has announced the appointment of two NHS trust chief executives as the director of improvement in the new NHS Executive Group, and to lead its new workforce implementation plan following the publication of the long-term pl... more >

NHS wins legal battle over largest ever medicines procurement for hepatitis C drug

21.01.19: NHS England (NHSE) has seen off a legal challenge to its largest ever medicines procurement from an American pharmaceutical firm after the High Court backed the health service’s procurement process for a ground-breaking hepatitis C treatme... more >

Struggling Cornwall trust appoints permanent chief executive to lead it out of special measures

18.01.19: The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT) has announced that Kate Shields, the current interim chief executive, has been appointed to lead the trust out of special measures. Shields joined the struggling Cornwall trust to support the execut... more >

Bradford hospitals trust fined by CQC after breaching its duty of candour

18.01.19: Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS FT (BTH) has been fined by the CQC after failing to apologise to a family in time after a safety incident, breaking its duty of candour. The health inspectorate issued a fixed penalty notice to the trust beca... more >

Substantial deficits across NHS ‘do not paint a picture of sustainability’ and threaten long-term plan, warns spending watchdog

18.01.19: The NHS is not financially sustainable and substantial deficits at NHS bodies, year-on-year increases in waiting lists and waiting times, and staffing shortages are threatening the government’s £20bn long-term plan, the National Audi... more >

Trust to pay out £5m in damages to boy starved of oxygen and left disabled at birth

17.01.19: A six-year-old boy who suffered life-changing injuries during birth is set to be awarded nearly £5m in damages from an NHS trust. The child from County Londonderry, who cannot be identified, developed severe cerebral palsy after he wa... more >

Patient groups in appraisals of NHS drugs receiving undeclared funds from manufacturers, review finds

17.01.19: Two-thirds of patient groups involved in the appraisal of drugs and treatments for use in the NHS received money from the manufacturer or a competitor that they had not declared, according to new research. The team behind the review is call... more >

NHS must tackle ‘systemic racism’ as report shows staff discrimination on the rise

17.01.19: The NHS has been urged to tackle its “systemic racism” as new figures reveal that black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds remain “grossly underrepresented” and discrimination is on the rise. The number of BME sta... more >

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The Institute of Risk Management (IRM) asked its members what working in ri... more >
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How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

24/10/2018How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

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Gentleness: an underrated quality in effective leadership

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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 >