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Lord Kerslake quits as trust chair in protest against NHS underfunding

11.12.17: Lord Kerslake has resigned as the chairman of a major hospital trust in London in protest against historic underfunding in the NHS. The respected figure resigned from his post at King’s College Hospital NHS FT yesterday, saying that cuts... more >

CQC praises ‘proactive’ Hartlepool services in care integration review

08.12.17: The CQC had praise for the health and care system in Hartlepool as it continued its programme of 20 targeted reviews of integrated care. The report, released today, looked into the increasingly important relationship between health and care... more >

Government launches inquiry into Ian Paterson case

08.12.17: A national inquiry has been launched into the malpractice of Ian Paterson. Earlier this year the breast surgeon was sentenced to 20 years in prison after being found guilty of 17 counts of wounding patients with intent, having performed unneces... more >

Avoidable death of 19-year-old girl lifts lid on ‘serious national issues’ in NHS care

08.12.17: The death of young woman from anorexia nervosa could have been prevented, a scathing report published today has said. Averil Hart died in 2012 due to a “series of failures that involved every NHS organisation that should have cared for he... more >

Nurses and midwives call for fair pay as Hunt commences pay round

07.12.17: Health secretary Jeremy Hunt today sent a letter to the NHS Pay Review Body, starting the 2018-19 pay round process for staff. The announcement has been greeted speculatively by both the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and the Royal College... more >

NHS England: Too many organisations see health creation as ‘tick box exercise’

07.12.17: Health and social care services need to be stronger on health creation and prevention services, Michael MacDonnell has exclusively told NHE. Speaking in an interview yesterday, the NHS England national director for transforming health systems s... more >

Ambulance services creaking under strain as delays steadily rise

07.12.17: Figures from NHS England’s winter situation report have revealed that services are already feeling the strain of winter. Over the past week the ambulance service across England has seen over 1,800 delays of over 60 minutes, and calls... more >

Lack of beds to put strain on NHS despite trusts’ preparation efforts for winter

07.12.17: Trusts have done all they can to prepare for winter, but a lack of beds and shortages in key staff areas means organisations will still be at “close to full stretch”, NHS Providers has warned. In its new report, ‘Ready and res... more >

West Midlands CCGs put forward shared governance plans

06.12.17: A group of three CCGs in Worcestershire have outlined plans to share members of staff and hold joint governing body meetings. Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG along with South Worcestershire CCG and Wyre Forest CCG have put forward proposals whi... more >

Plans unveiled for 19 health hubs across Wales costing £68m

06.12.17: Plans for 19 health and care hubs across Wales have been revealed by health secretary Vaughan Gething. A total of £68m has been put aside for the projects, which will improve access to healthcare services closer to people’s home... more >

Commissioners call on DH to ‘blacklist’ ineffective treatments

06.12.17: NHS England has launched guidance detailing 18 items which should not routinely be prescribed in primary care. However, following the announcement NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) has also called for seven treatments to be ‘blacklis... more >

One in 10 patients missed more than two GP appointments in three years

05.12.17: Patients who miss GP appointments are more likely to be from lower socio-economic backgrounds and facing considerable financial pressure, a new study has found. The report, published in the Lancet, analysed over half a million patients and more... more >

Waiting times at Edinburgh NHS healthcare board under-reported

05.12.17: Emergency waiting times at all the acute hospitals run by NHS Lothian have been under-reported, according to an internal review. Investigators found that the number of discharges wrongly changed from a breach of targets to a non-breach over... more >

BMA: Immigration centres cannot meet needs of asylum seekers

05.12.17: Those who have not been convicted of a crime should only be detained as a “last resort,” measure a new report has argued. The BMA’s report on health and human rights in immigration detention, ‘Locked up, locked out,&rsqu... more >

Greater Manchester trusts come together to form £1.3bn healthcare organisation

04.12.17: Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (PAT) and Salford Royal NHS FT have combined to form a new healthcare organisation responsible for serving over 1 million people. The new Northern Care Alliance NHS Group will be made up of 17,000 staff, wi... more >

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29/11/2017CQC: Beyond traditional boundaries

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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 exemplars who were revealed at the same show 12 months earlier.  Jeremy Hunt also stated that by the end of 2018 – the 70th birthday... read more >