Health Policy

Struggling ambulance trust to send occupied vehicles to emergency calls

17.09.18: The East of England ambulance services trust will send ambulances with stable patients already on board to new, more life-threatening emergencies in a bid to improve response times. Ranked in the worst 10 ambulance trusts in England for cat...

NHS IT systems ‘costing lives’: Hancock unveils £200m digital fund and five app trials

06.09.18: Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock has described the NHS’s IT systems as “stuttering,” arguing that they are putting lives at risk and are in need of a serious upgrade. “It’s time to bring the health...

Hospital serving Dominic Raab’s constituency warns Brexit ‘will break NHS’

02.08.18: A hospital serving the constituents of Brexit secretary Dominic Raab has published a damning Brexit impact report, in which it warns Brexit “will break the NHS.” The paper from Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, obtained by...

Hancock won’t rule out cuts to previous Hunt commitments, considers ringfencing transformation

25.07.18: The health secretary has not yet evaluated whether previous NHS commitments from predecessor Jeremy Hunt will fit into his future plan, arguing you have to spend the money “as far as possible.” Speaking to MPs at the Health Sele...

Anti-NHS charity with financial links to new health secretary to be investigated

13.07.18: The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), which donated thousands of pounds to the new health and social care secretary Matt Hancock and openly supports NHS privatisation, is to be investigated after concerns were raised over its status as an edu...

Matt Hancock to become health secretary following cabinet reshuffle

10.07.18: Number 10 has announced that former digital minister Matt Hancock will become secretary of state for health and social care following Jeremy Hunt’s appointment to foreign secretary. Jeremy Hunt, who became the longest serving health s...

Transforming the NHS procurement landscape

04.07.18: Gerard McGeary, director of strategy & corporate communications at Supply Chain Coordination Ltd, a body set up by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), talks about the incoming changes in the new NHS Supply Chain operating model....

Getting more out of our medicines

20.06.18: Paul Chrisp, programme director of medicines and technologies at NICE, describes how the organisation is re-purposing drugs in order to improve patient care quickly and cost-effectively. Developing new medicines and then ensuring they are u...

A hostile environment

20.06.18: Dr Terry John, chair of the BMA’s international committee, gives his thoughts on the government’s visa and immigration policy and its effect on the recruitment of foreign healthcare professionals. Aspects of the government&rsquo...

The Memorandum of Understanding: Privacy at risk

20.06.18: The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Home Office and NHS Digital meant that patient data and confidentiality was being put at risk and undermined the principles of the NHS, writes Dr Sarah Wollaston, chair of the Health and Social C...

Hawking-backed fight against ‘unlawful’ NHS privatisation reaches High Court

23.05.18: Legal proceedings will begin today at the High Court with a campaign group challenging the government over plans to implement accountable care organisations (ACOs), which they claim is an attempt to increase private services operating in the NHS...

All women to have access to perinatal mental health services by next year

10.05.18: New and expectant mums will be able to access specialist mental health community services across the country by next April, NHS England has announced. The NHS will spend £23m on rolling out the second wave of community perinatal services...

RCP supports fresh public health approach to ‘war on drugs’

30.04.18: The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has voiced its support for the Royal Society of Public Health’s (RSPH’s) report ‘Taking a New Line on Drugs,’ which calls for illicit drug use to be decriminalised and made a public h...

Tax on sugary drinks ‘will help ease obesity epidemic’, says RCGP

06.04.18: Today, the UK’s tax on sugary drinks came into effect as part of the government’s flagship anti-obesity policy. This new tax comes into effect as obesity-related illnesses continue to put a strain on the NHS and public health at...

NHS England and NHSI look to integrate working practices into seven regional teams

28.03.18: NHS England and NHS Improvement have announced major changes designed to bring the organisations closer together. Plans will be presented to NHS England’s board this Thursday to establish new working arrangements from September 2018. ...

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Council and NHS consider merging into a single public authority

20/09/2018Council and NHS consider merging into a single public authority

Scottish Borders Council has put forward plans for a single public authority in the region in a proposed submission to a local government review.... more >
Sir Robert Francis chosen as new Healthwatch chair

20/09/2018Sir Robert Francis chosen as new Healthwatch chair

Healthwatch England has appointed Sir Robert Francis QC as its new a chair, taking over from current chair Jane Mordue after her three-year tenur... more >
Integrated care systems ‘need dedicated funding and law changes to succeed’

20/09/2018Integrated care systems ‘need dedicated funding and law changes to succeed’

National health leaders need to invest time into developing appropriate legislation, reforming regulation, redesigning financial architectures an... 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 e... read more >

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Hard to be optimistic

Hard to be optimistic

Rachel Power, chief executive of the Patients Association, warns that we must be realistic about the very real effects of continued underfunding across the health service. It’s now bey... more > more last word articles >

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Lord Darzi: Seize the opportunity

19/09/2018Lord Darzi: Seize the opportunity

Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham is the Paul Hamlyn chair of surgery at Imperial College, a surgeon working in the NHS and, from 2007-09, was health minister under Labour. Here, he highlights the importance of innovation in the NHS, and the exciting prospects it might bring if we’re brave enough to seize the opportunities ahead. S... more >
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The Hospital Energy Project

19/09/2018The Hospital Energy Project

The Hospital Energy Project is an ambitious engineering scheme to replace outdated systems at Oxford University NHS FT’s hospitals and redu... more >
Social media's role in health

19/09/2018Social media's role in health

Social media has a massive role to play in health – infection prevention and control in particular, write Brett Mitchell, professor of nurs... more >
Dickson: Hancock finds an NHS in need of digital rebirth

19/09/2018Dickson: Hancock finds an NHS in need of digital rebirth

Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, takes a look at Matt Hancock's priorities and agenda around workforce, technology and pr... more >
GDEs: Never stop learning

19/09/2018GDEs: Never stop learning

Paul Charnley, director of IT and information at Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS FT, discusses what his organisation has learnt from bein... more >

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Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

24/01/2018Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

The NHS plays a part in the country’s wellness – but it’s far from being all that matters. Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Pu... more >
Cutting through the fake news

22/11/2017Cutting through the fake news

In an era of so-called ‘fake news’ growing alongside a renewed focus on reducing stigma around mental health, Paul Farmer, chief exec... more >
Tackling infection prevention locally

04/10/2017Tackling infection prevention locally

Dr Emma Burnett, a lecturer and researcher in infection prevention at the University of Dundee’s School of Nursing and Midwifery and a boar... more >
Scan4Safety: benefits across the whole supply chain

02/10/2017Scan4Safety: benefits across the whole supply chain

NHE interviews Gillian Fox, head of eProcurement (Scan4Safety) programme at NHS Supply Chain. How has the Scan4Safety initiative evolved sin... more >

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