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Government taskforce to address children’s mental health ‘crisis’

21/08/2014Government taskforce to address children’s mental health ‘crisis’

A new taskforce has been launched to improve children’s mental health, which care minister Norman Lamb has admitted is “in crisis”. He is bringing together experts to publi... more >
NHS 111 service should be ‘enhanced’ to ease A&E pressure

20/08/2014NHS 111 service should be ‘enhanced’ to ease A&E pressure

The NHS 111 service should be ‘enhanced’ to ensure that patients receive highly responsive, effective and personalised services outside of hospital, easing the pressure on busy A&... more >
South Warwickshire trust to ‘collaborate’ with George Eliot

19/08/2014South Warwickshire trust to ‘collaborate’ with George Eliot

South Warwickshire Foundation Trust has agreed to work on a “number of projects” to help support the troubled George Eliot Hospital Trust (GEH). Back in December 2013, South Warw... more >
NHS England to review DNR question on care plans

21/08/2014NHS England to review DNR question on care plans

NHS England has agreed to review controversia... more >
West Hertfordshire trust fined nearly £90,000 for asbestos risk

21/08/2014West Hertfordshire trust fined nearly £90,000 for asbestos risk

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust has be... more >
Government taskforce to address children’s mental health ‘crisis’

21/08/2014Government taskforce to address children’s mental health ‘crisis’

A new taskforce has been launched to improve ... more >
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DNR question: callous or caring?

20/08/2014DNR question: callous or caring?

Health bodies and district nurses have come under fire after reports that care coordinators are asking patients they have never met before sensitive medical questions, including whether they would agree to a ‘do not resuscitate’ order.  The questionnaires are part of an NH... more >
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Telehealth: the ‘quiet storm’

01/08/2014Telehealth: the ‘quiet storm’

David Morgan is a consultant otolaryngologist a... more >
How to achieve a financial turnaround

01/08/2014How to achieve a financial turnaround

Stephen Eames, chief executive at Mid Yorkshire... more >
A lot to complain about

01/08/2014A lot to complain about

There is something deeply wrong with the compla... more >
Medical engagement should be integral in NHS cultures

01/08/2014Medical engagement should be integral in NHS cultures

Vijaya Nath, assistant director of leadership d... more >

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Connecting Care for Children: bridging the gap in North West London

01/08/2014Connecting Care for Children: bridging the gap in North West London

John Deverill, director of Integrating Care, di... more >
Widening scope to tackle antimicrobial resistance

01/08/2014Widening scope to tackle antimicrobial resistance

In June the public selected antibiotic resistan... more >

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01/08/2014Don’t shoot the messenger

There’s no doubt that we need both cultural and organisational changes to achieve the improvements that we all want to see in complaints handling in the NHS, and in its treatment of (and encouragement for) whistleblowers. The current system is fragmented and complex, with potentially valuable lessons from complaints often going un-learnt, and a defensive attitude still prevailing too often. Patients and families will obviously welcome simplifications and improvements to the... read more >

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Think before you speak: How to involve the public effectively when reconfiguring NHS services

Think before you speak: How to involve the public effectively when reconfiguring NHS services

The NHS is facing a tumultuous time as rising demand and a squeeze on public funding require hospitals and other providers to do more with less. At the same time, post-Francis and Keogh, there is a huge focus on the quality of care. As NHS bodies ... more > more last word articles >

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