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The introduction of state indemnity and the continued importance of MDO membership

22.05.19: Dr Caroline Fryar, head of advisory services at the Medical Defence Union (MDU), explains why medical defence organisation (MDO) membership remains important following the introduction of state indemnity. On 1 April 2019, state indemnity fo...

‘Pink drink’ cancer treatment that helps surgeons spot brain tumours rolled out across NHS

13.05.19: A new innovative brain cancer treatment aid that allows surgeons to identify areas of the brain affected by cancer has been rolled out across the NHS and could save up to 2,000 patients a year. Known as the ‘pink drink’, 5-ALA u...

System working in an uncertain world

09.05.19: What, exactly, is an integrated care system? Well, it’s unclear, writes Kacey Cogle, policy advisor at NHS Providers. On the NHS England website, integrated care systems (ICSs) are not clearly defined, referring to STPs (sustainabilit...

Surgeons call for stronger oversight and protection for patients at private hospitals

10.04.19: The leader of the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has called for private hospitals to do more to keep patients safe and improve transparency in order to prevent another rogue surgeon like Ian Paterson. Derek Alderson, the president of the R...

Dr Bawa-Garba cleared to return to work under supervision after tribunal finds her a ‘low risk to patients’

10.04.19: The doctor convicted over the death of a six-year boy can return to work after a medical tribunal restored her to the medical register. Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba was found guilty of negligence manslaughter over the death of Jack Adcock in 2015...

DHSC reveals early focus for NHSX digital unit and names CEO

04.04.19: NHSX has named its new chief executive as the government announces that its digital specialists will be joining up with cancer and mental health national policy teams to help improve patient experiences through technology. The Department of...

Wide array of NHS figures named as the new NHS Assembly announced

28.03.19: A diverse group of leading NHS figures, disability advocates and charity bosses have been named in the new NHS Assembly including trust chief executives, ex-government advisors, patient representatives and a Guardian columnist. The NHS has...

£60m worth of out-of-date breakthrough cystic fibrosis drug destroyed in NHS price row

28.03.19: Nearly 8,000 packs of Orkambi, a breakthrough medicine for cystic fibrosis, have been destroyed after exceeding their expiry date during a stand-off between the NHS and supplier over high prices. US company Vertex revealed in a letter to th...

NHS ‘retention crisis’ has seen more than 200,000 nurses quit since 2010

27.03.19: More than 200,000 nurses have left the NHS since 2010 and the number quitting over long hours has tripled amid a “retention crisis” in the health service, new figures show. Data analysed by Labour and verified by the House of Co...

Department of Health announces day surgery shake-up in Northern Ireland

22.03.19: The Department of Health (DoH) has announced “radical plans” to shake up day surgery across Northern Ireland. Thousands of routine operations will be transferred to dedicated sites known as day case surgery hubs, with the hubs o...

NHS staffing crisis to double without radical change in ‘vicious cycle of growing shortages and declining quality’

21.03.19: The NHS could have a shortfall of 70,000 nurses and 7,000 GPs within the next five years and the crisis is so now so severe it “cannot be filled,” according a new report from health think tanks. The report found that the NHS has...

Focusing on hand injury prevention would ensure vital benefits for the public and the NHS

18.03.19: Ian McNab, consultant orthopaedic hand surgeon and council member of the British Society for Surgery of the Hand, outlines how a focus on prevention to hand injury could wider benefits for the NHS and general public. The NHS Long-Term Plan...

MPs express ‘extreme concern’ at NHSE’s decision to hand cancer scan services to private firm

13.03.19: An MP has written to NHS England CEO Simon Stevens stating she is “extremely concerned” about the decision to take cancer screening services away from an Oxford hospital trust and hand it to a private firm. Government and opposi...

Capital investment in NHS being slashed to cover rising day-to-day costs, new report reveals

08.03.19: A short-term approach to NHS funding has led to “years of declining and inadequate” capital spending for the health service, according to a new report from the Health Foundation. The charity has warned that an ageing infrastruct...

‘Unacceptable’ private ambulance services ‘putting patients at risk’ says CQC

07.03.19: Private ambulance services are putting patients at risk, the CQC has said, as the NHS’s rising use of independent providers raises concerns about staff training, unregistered ambulances, and safety. In a damning report on independent...

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The introduction of state indemnity and the continued importance of MDO membership

22/05/2019The introduction of state indemnity and the continued importance of MDO membership

Dr Caroline Fryar, head of advisory services at the Medical Defence Union (MDU), explains why medical defence organisation (MDO) membership remains important following the introduction of state indemnity. On 1 April 2019, state indemnity for NHS contracted primary care work was introduced in England and Wales. Following this, the MDU surv... more >
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Turning blue lights green

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Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, introduces us to the new nursing associate role, and how it’s set to complement the NHS L... more >
A smarter approach to tackling AMR

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Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is estimated to cause 700,000 deaths each year globally. This could rise to 10 million by 2050 if we do nothing. B... 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

A dedicated national social care service could be a potential solution to surging demand burdening acute health providers over the winter months,... more >
RCP president on new Liverpool college building: ‘This will be a hub for clinicians in the north’

24/10/2018RCP president on new Liverpool college building: ‘This will be a hub for clinicians in the north’

The president of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has told NHE that the college’s new headquarters based in Liverpool will become a hu... more >
Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

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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

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

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