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Mackey hails ‘tremendous’ effort as trusts slash £1bn off agency staff bill

01.03.17: Major agency controls across the health service have so far succeeded in saving £1bn since they were introduced in October 2015, latest NHS Improvement (NHSI) figures show – but spending for locums remains excessively high, with the... more >

Major NHS ambition to shift to community care ‘elusive’ without extra cash

01.03.17: A report released today by the Nuffield Trust has revealed that STPs are working towards “undeliverable expectations”, warning that STP schemes to move care out of hospitals will not work without “significant additional investm... more >

Murphy steps down as Patients Association CEO

01.03.17: The CEO of the Patients Association (PA) Katherine Murphy, who wrote for the most recent issue of NHE, is set to relinquish her role after nine years leading the organisation. Having previously had a successful career in nursing, Murphy joi... more >

Stevens confirms up to 10 STPs will be ACOs in string of major revelations

01.03.17: The leads of England’s 44 STPs, who are due to be formally appointed soon, will be given a range of governance rights over the organisations within their geographical areas, including the ability to “marshal the forces of the CCGs an... more >

STPs ‘nowhere near concrete’ solution to prevent NHS deterioration

28.02.17: Findings from a major analysis of government spending on public services has described STPs as “nowhere near the concrete plans” needed to prevent recurring overspending and service deterioration in the NHS. The report, publishe... more >

Brexit could see rare disease patients pushed ‘to the back of the queue’ for care

28.02.17: Patients suffering from rare diseases could find themselves pushed to the “back of the queue” for treatment if the UK is removed from important European medical networks that combat these illnesses because of Brexit, the NHS European... more >

Anecdotal snapshot of GP frontline sheds light on ‘shocking’ working conditions

28.02.17: An Royal College of Physicians (RCP) publication released today collating the first-hand experiences of NHS staff on the primary care frontline aims to publicise the everyday difficulties staff face with keeping the NHS working under waning budg... more >

RCN backs potential law change to protect health staff from violent assault

27.02.17: The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has backed a potential change to the law that is being debated in Parliament today to protect hospital workers from assault, arguing that it would act as a “powerful deterrent” to staff being target... more >

NHS slammed for ‘serious failure’ as 500,000 sensitive documents lost

27.02.17: The NHS is at the heart of an “emerging scandal” concerning the loss of more than half a million pieces of confidential medical information including test results and treatment plans, the Patients Association has said. The numbe... more >

PAC: Recovery plan for STP areas in ‘severe financial difficulty’ needed by March

27.02.17: A new report by the Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has set out a number of urgent recommendations for the NHS, including the need for the government to set out a “transparent and clear” transformation plan that will make the... more >

CQC reform ‘promising, but not enough’ to save failing social care

24.02.17: The Patients Association has stated that reports to change the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC’s) role to regulate council management of social care are “promising, but not enough” to save a system in crisis. Accordin... more >

Bed crisis has created ‘mismatch’ between NHS supply and demand

24.02.17: A new report from the BMA has found that a drop in overnight hospital bed spaces has created a ‘mismatch’ for NHS trusts as supply is unable to cope with the enormous stresses being placed on hospitals in the UK, particularly with re... more >

RCOG: Maternal mental healthcare severely in need of improvement

23.02.17: Women suffering from mental health issues during and after pregnancy are being let down by the quality of care they receive from the NHS at present, a survey conducted by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has revealed.... more >

Closure risk for special measures GP practice after fifth ‘inadequate’ CQC rating

23.02.17: A GP practice in east London has been warned to improve the quality of its care within three months or it could face closure, a CQC report released today has said. Following an inspection by CQC in November last year, the regulator once aga... more >

Almost half of EU workforce considering leaving UK, BMA reveals

23.02.17: Almost half of the NHS’s EU workforce is considering leaving the UK, whilst over 50% don’t think the government does enough for international doctors, a survey conducted by the BMA has found. A total of 42% of doctors surveyed s... more >

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Transforming community care

23/02/2017Transforming community care

Chris Gregory, head of clinical systems for LGSS Local Health and Care Shar... more >
Maximising the value of public engagement

20/02/2017Maximising the value of public engagement

Jane Mordue, the newly appointed permanent chair of Healthwatch England, ex... more >


Improving the flow

13/02/2017Improving the flow

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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 aro... more >
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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 this issue of NHE, it is highly unlikely that our courageous staff can keep this ‘can-do’ attitude going indefinitely against a constant... read more >