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Private mental health group The Priory fined £300,000 over death of 14-year-old girl

17.04.19: Private mental health group The Priory healthcare group has been fined £300,000 for breaching health and safety laws following the death of 14-year-old Amy El-Keria. El-Keria was treated at Priory Group’s Ticehurst House psychia...

‘Dishonest’ solicitor struck off for overcharging NHS with ‘unreasonable’ clinical negligence bills

15.04.19: A “dishonest” solicitor who overcharged the NHS whilst pursuing clinical negligence cases has been struck off after the High Court judged he had showed a “serious lack of integrity.” Andrew Good, who founded the Hull...

Woman jailed after trying to defraud the NHS for more than £2m

09.04.19: A woman who tried to sue the NHS for £2.3m in compensation for a botched surgery which she claimed left her in constant pain has been jailed. Lesley Maria Elder from Dorset said the severe pain following a vaginal mesh operation had r...

English hospital to stop accepting Welsh patients in ‘unacceptable’ funding row

09.04.19: An English hospital has said it will no longer take in patients from Wales except for emergencies or maternity cases, leading to the first minister to say that Welsh funding will therefore have to stop. The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS...

King’s College trust set to make record-breaking budget overspend of nearly £200m

05.04.19: King’s College Hospital NHS FT could be set to record the biggest overspend in NHS history as the special measures trust expects an annual deficit of between £180m and £191m. The hospital trust believes it has exceeded its...

Extent of NHS’s declining financial health and staffing crisis being masked, MPs warn

04.04.19: Staffing shortages represent “the biggest threat” to financial stability in the NHS and to delivering the Long-Term Plan, as MPs warn that the health service is on course to “rapidly reach crisis point.” The Public A...

Multi-million-pound cuts approved as Derbyshire CCGs enter merger

03.04.19: Derbyshire CCGs have agreed unprecedented £70m cutbacks as they sealed a landmark merger of the region’s health bodies. The four CCGs in Derbyshire – Erewash, Hardwick, North Derbyshire and Southern Derbyshire – have...

National Audit Office: Is the NHS financially sustainable?

03.04.19: Is the NHS financially sustainable? Robert White, director of health value for money studies at the National Audit Office, finds out more. On 25 February, this question was posed by the Public Accounts Committee to a witness panel of senior...

NHS Highland to ask Scottish Government to plug £17m budget overspend

29.03.19: NHS Highland is expecting an overspend of £17m in 2018-19 and has agreed to ask the Scottish Government to plug its funding deficit. A need for temporary staff and consultants to fill vacancies are among the factors impacting the late...

£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...

‘Monstrous’ £500m scheme to close London A&Es scrapped after Hancock U-turn

27.03.19: A £500m plan to axe nearly half of the A&E departments in west London has been scrapped by the health secretary after a seven-year campaign against the “monstrous” shake-up. Matt Hancock made the announcement to MPs in...

Getting it right first time and reducing variation in the NHS

27.03.19: Mike Hutton, author of the recently-published Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) national report on spinal services and consultant spine surgeon at The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, looks at how reducing unwarranted variation in...

The NHS estate is more than just 'bricks and mortar'

27.03.19: Claudia Martinez, research manager at Reform, talks about maximising the value of the NHS estate. In his review of NHS property and estates, Sir Robert Naylor argued that an adequate healthcare infrastructure was crucial to achieving the go...

‘Impossible’ for healthcare trust to remain open with 280 jobs set to go

22.03.19: A 150-year-old private health trust has announced it will have to close, with all services and 280 staff expected to be lost. All Hallows Healthcare Trust said it had been forced to accept that it is now “impossible” to balance...

Private hospital in Dundee announces closure with 50 jobs to go

20.03.19: A private hospital in Dundee has announced that it will close in the summer because of falling numbers of local people paying for private insurance. Fernbrae Hospital will shut down in May and a consultation is underway to work out what wil...

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Private mental health group The Priory fined £300,000 over death of 14-year-old girl

17/04/2019Private mental health group The Priory fined £300,000 over death of 14-year-old girl

Private mental health group The Priory healthcare group has been fined £300,000 for breaching health and safety laws following the death of... more >
Routine breech scans could lower mother and baby mortality rates and save NHS money, researchers say

17/04/2019Routine breech scans could lower mother and baby mortality rates and save NHS money, researchers say

Scanning mothers-to-be late in their pregnancy could prevent 15,000 unexpected breech births, 4,000 emergency C-sections, and the deaths of up to... more >
City council rejoins ICS after reforms agreed in privatisation and accountability row

17/04/2019City council rejoins ICS after reforms agreed in privatisation and accountability row

Nottingham City Council is to rejoin its local NHS integrated care system (ICS) after significant reforms were made to the way the system runs in... 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 exemplars who were revealed at the same show 12 months earlier.  Jeremy Hunt also stated th... 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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Our Health Heroes

16/04/2019Our Health Heroes

Dean Royles, strategic workforce advisor at Skills for Health and co-author of ‘An Introduction to Human Resource Management,’ discusses the upcoming Our Health Heroes Awards. There are many metaphors to describe staff working in healthcare. Junior doctors have been described as the ‘backbone’ of the NHS, nurses ar... more >
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Turning blue lights green

11/04/2019Turning blue lights green

Polly Billington, director of UK100, a cities network that campaigns on environmental issues, argues that the NHS needs a national strategy for a... more >
Going back to school at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

10/04/2019Going back to school at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Steve Hams, director of quality and chief nurse at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (GHFT), demonstrates how cultural change has im... more >
How the new nursing associate role will break new ground

10/04/2019How the new nursing associate role will break new ground

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

10/04/2019A smarter approach to tackling AMR

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

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 >

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