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Highest ever numbers accept GP training posts

19.10.18: The number of people entering GP training is the highest in NHS history, according to new figures from Health Education England (HEE). A total of 3,473 people took up posts this year, surpassing the annual target of 3,250 for the first time... more >

‘No realistic prospect of progress’ for integrated health and social care, PAC warns

19.10.18: The government is still “a long way” from achieving an effective strategy for integrated health and social care and has been urged to create a 10-year plan for integrated care alongside the NHS’s 10-year plan. In a report... more >

One in six trusts could end PFI contracts due to poor performance as NHS heads for £1bn loss

19.10.18: A new report has revealed that 15% of all NHS trusts using private finance initiatives (PFI) could terminate contracts due to poor performance. The report, released by the Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI), has analysed five... more >

Council strips contract from NHS trusts and hands it to Virgin after High Court row

18.10.18: Lancashire County Council (LCC) has awarded a controversial £104m healthcare contract to Virgin Care for the second time after a hearing in the High Court ordered a re-evaluation of the decision. The contract to run LCC’s Health... more >

Brand-new children’s hospital for Leeds as £450m plan revealed

18.10.18: New plans for a “world-class” children’s hospital site and a second state-of-the-art adult hospital building have been revealed by Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust. The massive £450m plans are part of a major redeve... more >

NHSI wants business cases for wholly-owned subsidiaries in new consultation

18.10.18: NHS Improvement (NHSI) has opened up consultation on proposals over how wholly-owned subsidiaries (WOS) are approved and regulated, requiring NHS providers to submit a business case when setting up subsidiary companies. Under the proposed c... more >

Birmingham FT slumps from ‘good’ to ‘inadequate’ as CQC slams widespread quality decline

17.10.18: Birmingham Community NHS FT (BCHC) has been rated as ‘requires improvement’ after CQC inspectors found that people working in the children’s services have six times the recommended workload. The healthcare watchdog rated t... more >

Government questions whether scandal-hit waste company was ‘willing’ to pay for extra incinerator space

17.10.18: The government has rejected claims by the boss of a scandal-hit medical waste removal company that a lack of incinerator capacity led to the missing of disposal targets, and questioned whether the company was willing to pay for the extra capacit... more >

Health organisations in Autumn Budget appeal over social care and public health funding

17.10.18: A group of health faculties and royal colleges have urged the chancellor to use the autumn budget to invest long-term in adult social care and health services or “risk the NHS failing to meet demands.” In a letter addressed to P... more >

On your bike!

17.10.18: Sathish Sethuraman, travel and transport plan co-ordinator at Northumbria Healthcare NHS FT, explains how efforts to promote cycling to work at the trust are resulting in more staff travelling on two wheels. At Northumbria Healthcare, we ar... more >

Junior doctor withdraws legal challenge arguing that whistleblowing ruined his career

16.10.18: The junior doctor who claimed that whistleblowing ruined his career has withdrawn his case against Health Education England (HEE) and Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust. After six days of evidence at the Employment Tribunal, it was agreed tha... more >

London urged to improve ‘complex and cluttered’ health and care system

16.10.18: London must grasp the opportunity to improve healthcare for Londoners by updating the capital’s “complex and cluttered” system, a new report by The King’s Fund has found. Commissioned by the mayor of London, the &lsq... more >

Up to 650 jobs could be cut by struggling East Sussex trust as concerns raised over privatisation

16.10.18: As many as 650 jobs could be cut by an East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (ESHT) as part of the provider’s five-year financial recovery plan in a bid to balance the books. A GMB Union Southern Region announcement today outlined its conc... more >

Thousands of patients to be switched to ‘biosimilar drugs’ to save NHS £150m

15.10.18: Thousands of patients prescribed to the most expensive drugs available in hospitals are to be switched to biosimilars in a move that will potentially save the NHS £150m a year. Adalimumab is the single medicine that hospitals spend th... more >

GMC to give inspectors human factors training following Bawa-Garba case

15.10.18: Inspectors, clinical experts and decision makers from the General Medical Council (GMC) are to receive human factors training amidst changes to the regulator’s investigative process in response to the handling of the case of Dr Hadiza Bawa... 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 >