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BMA: GPs will not be forced into seven-day opening

24.01.17: GP surgeries in England will not be forced to extend their opening hours, despite the prime minister recently blaming practices for the current crisis in hospitals. Theresa May had suggested earlier this month that limitations on GPs’...

Wales relaxes GP incentive scheme in bid to ease winter pressures

23.01.17: The Welsh government has relaxed the majority of the quality and outcomes framework (QOF), the programme which financially incentivises GPs to meet quality of care indicators, in order to ease the pressures they face in their practices this wint...

BMA accuses PM of scapegoating GPs for ‘titanic’ NHS crisis

18.01.17: The BMA council chair has written to prime minister Theresa May accusing the government of attempting to “scapegoat” GPs for the crisis currently afflicting the NHS. Dr Mark Porter wrote his letter yesterday following May’...

DH considering ‘controversial’ plans to require patients to show passports

22.11.16: NHS patients could be required to show their passports as part of a drive to crack down on the cost of health tourism, the permanent secretary at the Department of Health told MPs. Chris Wormald appeared at a Public Accounts Committee heari...

Breast cancer charity lobbies Hunt to end treatment postcode lottery

14.11.16: The UK’s leading breast cancer charity, Breast Cancer Now, has urged health secretary Jeremy Hunt to clarify who should fund cheap drugs proven to prevent the spread of breast cancer. Currently, a lack of guidance on which NHS bodies...

NICE recommends first treatment to be cut from new Cancer Drugs Fund

10.08.16: New NICE draft guidance said the body does not recommend prescribing brentuximab vedotin, a drug used to treat a form of Hodgkin’s lymphoma that is available on the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) list. The guidance, which said there isn&rsqu...

NHS England to set up ‘Brexit unit’ to ensure smooth transition

28.07.16: NHS England is in the process of establishing a special unit to deal with the impact of the UK’s exit from the European Union to ensure “a smooth transition and protect the NHS”. Simon Stevens, CEO of NHS England, said at...

Jeremy Hunt to remain as health secretary

14.07.16: Jeremy Hunt will remain as health secretary despite rumours that he might lose the position as part of a Cabinet reshuffle by the new prime minister. Despite being the longest serving health secretary of modern times, Hunt’s time in t...

Health Committee launches inquiry into winter pressures on A&E

08.07.16: Hospital measures for coping with the impact of winter on emergency departments are to be scrutinised in a new Health Select Committee inquiry. The committee said it would examine “the underlying question” of “why the NHS...

NHS Confederation: The reset year

08.07.16: NHE’s David Stevenson, Luana Salles and Rosemary Collins look back at the key points from this year’s NHS Confederation Annual Conference & Exhibition. There was an air of uncertainty and trepidation at this year’s NHS...

Alistair Burt announces resignation as minister

05.07.16: Alistair Burt MP has announced his resignation as minister for community and social care, saying it was a long-term plan unrelated to the vote to leave the EU. Following questions in the House of Commons this morning, Burt said: “Twen...

Origins of health and safety legislation and accident reporting

04.07.16: How did health and safety legislation actually emerge? And what does this mean for today’s workforce? Chris Langer, scheme intelligence manager at CIRAS, looks at the progress made over the last 150 years. To understand the birth of h...

BMA urges politicians not to ‘play games’ with NHS after EU referendum

27.06.16: The chair of the British Medical Association (BMA) has said politicians must not “play games” with the health service following the vote for the UK to leave the European Union. Dr Mark Porter said: “We urge politicians not...

Abbott new shadow health secretary after Heidi Alexander resignation

27.06.16: Diane Abbott, the MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, has been named as the new shadow health secretary by Jeremy Corbyn, after Heidi Alexander resigned from the post yesterday. Following last week’s EU referendum, Alexander sai...

Strong agreement with EU ‘vital’ to offset impact on NHS, says Dalton

24.06.16: The UK will need a strong agreement with the EU to offset the potential impact on the NHS following the decision to leave the union, the chief executive of NHS Confederation has said. David Cameron has announced his resignation as prime min...

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Cancer Drugs Fund delivered ‘no meaningful value’ to patients

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The Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) set up by David Cameron to pay for medicine for over 100,000 people was not good value for money, despite costing the... more >
Health committee urges DH to draw up plan for post-Brexit uncertainty

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The Department of Health (DH) have been told to put contingency plans in place to prepare for the effect that Brexit could have on the health and... more >
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28/04/2017STPs will not succeed where BCF has failed, warn MPs

MPs have slammed the government for the failure of the Better Care Fund (BCF) to achieve any of its objectives, arguing that they are unconvinced... more >

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22/03/2017New additions and unexpected announcements

As NHE went to press, many of us were still recovering from the chancellor’s unexpected health announcements in his last Spring Budget.   While the sector welcomed Philip Hammond’s revelations, centered on capital funding for advanced sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) and A&E triage schemes (page 24)... read more >

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Foreign patient charges are a distraction from the real issues

Foreign patient charges are a distraction from the real issues

Vivek Kotecha, research officer at the Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI), explains why the charging of foreign patients distracts from our home-grown NHS issues.  The Dep... more > more last word articles >
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Labour’s pledge to raise wages for ‘underpaid and overworked’ NHS staff

26/04/2017Labour’s pledge to raise wages for ‘underpaid and overworked’ NHS staff

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth will today outline a major campaign pledge to axe the NHS pay cap, saying that staff are “underpaid and overworked”. The change is predicted to cost the NHS around £1bn, however Labour say that this is the price the government should pay to show hardworking NHS staff that they ar... more >
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A single approach for purchasing HCTEDs

11/04/2017A single approach for purchasing HCTEDs

Andy Leary, finance director of specialised commissioning (National) at NHS England, discusses the new system for buying and supplying high-cost ... more >
Filling the void and standardising security

07/04/2017Filling the void and standardising security

Jayne King, chair of the National Association for Healthcare Security (NAHS) and head of security, portering and reception services at Guy’... more >
Fear barriers to help-seeking in the UK

07/04/2017Fear barriers to help-seeking in the UK

Jon Paxman, 2020health senior researcher, explains why reducing fear barriers may be essential to promoting timely help-seeking, improving health... more >
Considerable scope for improving how local areas tackle smoking

07/04/2017Considerable scope for improving how local areas tackle smoking

Amanda Sandford, information manager at Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), discusses the need to strengthen local relationships in tackling smok... more >


Tight timetable for nursing associate  regulation

28/03/2017Tight timetable for nursing associate regulation

Jackie Smith, chief executive at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), talks to NHE’s David Stevenson about the challenges her organisat... more >
Improving the flow

13/02/2017Improving the flow

Glen Burley, chief executive of South Warwickshire NHS FT, explains how his organisation has been able to improve patient flow through its emerge... more >
Leadership development should be for all in health and care

07/12/2016Leadership development should be for all in health and care

Back in August, Stephen Hart joined Health Education England (HEE) as the organisation’s new director of leadership development, which incl... more >
The powerful link between staff and patient satisfaction

03/10/2016The powerful link between staff and patient satisfaction

David Behan CBE, chief executive of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), talks to NHE about the correlation between high rates of staff satisfactio... more >

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