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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10.08.16: New NICE draft guidance said the body does not recommend prescribing brentuximab vedotin, a drug used to treat a form of Hodgkin’s lymphoma that is available on the Cancer Drugs Fund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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07/02/2017Handling the pressure

Although NHS trusts have been feeling the pressure this winter, as demand on A&E services continues to rise and the financial challenge deepens, it is worth noting and applauding the professionalism, determination and resilience of the workforce in still delivering world-class healthcare.  However, as you’ll read throughout... read more >

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Communication in the NHS: Who has control?

08/02/2017Communication in the NHS: Who has control?

On behalf of the Patients Association, Nic Hart has recently penned an open letter to the Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman in an attempt to keep pressing for answers around the 2012 death of his teenage daughter, Averil, whilst in the care of Cambridge and Peterborough NHS FT. Here, he writes about the importance of communication and co-... more >
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Jane Mordue, the newly appointed permanent chair of Healthwatch England, explains why listening to feedback from the public is much more likely t... more >
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Aaron Powell, chief digital officer at NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), explains why the organisation sees mobile very much as the future. ... more >


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