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The NHS is not an easy target

15.08.18: Helen Vernon, chief executive at NHS Resolution, talks about a recent court case which firmly demonstrates that there is no space for contempt, dishonesty and fraud in the NHS. As with all NHS organisations, the risk of fraud is a significa...

Gloucestershire trust boss who treated NHS as a ‘cash machine’ jailed

13.08.18: A senior NHS manager who coaxed his trust for £650,000 to fund a luxury lifestyle has been jailed. Royston Dyke, 58, of Ivy Mews, Stroud Road, Gloucester, was the ringleader of a gang who defrauded Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Founda...

CEO at cash-poor trust ‘did not grasp’ severity of financial crisis, damning review says

07.08.18: A destructive review into the management and finances of an Essex NHS trust condemned the “clear lack of financial grip” of the provider’s management of cash. An external Deloitte review into Barking, Havering, and Redbrid...

Former NHS CEO who left board after ‘financial chaos’ allegedly gets £300,000 pay-out

06.08.18:  A former chief executive who has now left NHS Tayside allegedly received a pay-off of more than £300,000, an MSP has claimed. Lesley McLay had her role as accountable officer removed in April after the cash-strapped board was pl...

Almost £2bn of NHS contracts awarded to Virgin over past five years

06.08.18: Virgin healthcare has been awarded nearly £2bn worth of NHS contracts over the past five years, new analysis shows. Reports by The Guardian highlight that Virgin now hold at least 400 contracts in the public sector, from dementia care...

Hospital serving Dominic Raab’s constituency warns Brexit ‘will break NHS’

02.08.18: A hospital serving the constituents of Brexit secretary Dominic Raab has published a damning Brexit impact report, in which it warns Brexit “will break the NHS.” The paper from Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, obtained by...

NHS Grampian to make £18m in cuts to meet yearly budget

02.08.18:  An NHS region which provides services to over half a million people is planning to make £18m in cuts annually to balance the books. NHS Grampian, which provides health and social care to Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, and Moray...

Baroness Dido Harding: Levers, leadership and light-shining

01.08.18: NHS Improvement (NHSI) will focus on a collaborative approach when spending extra money in the future, revealed Baroness Dido Harding, the regulator’s chair. NHE’s Jack Donnelly reports. Organisational team-ups, a shift in cultu...

Niall Dickson: The NHS is not an island

01.08.18: Our national health service appreciates the extra money, but it can’t solve all its problems alone, says Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation. The NHS is subject to key moments in its history when its future directi...

Fraudster NHS boss ordered to sell boat and Mercedes to pay back £100k

30.07.18: A former NHS boss convicted of fraud has been ordered to pay back over £96,000, to be split between a hospice and the NHS, as part of finances recovery by the NHS Counter Fraud Authority. On 26 July, Jon Andrewes, 64, of Flood Street...

NHS pays massive £3.4m on toiletries in past year alone

30.07.18: Doctors have given out almost 500,000 prescriptions a year for toiletries such as toothpaste, shampoo, and body wash — costing NHS England £3.4m a year. Latest figures from NHS Digital showed that a total of 470,678 prescription...

NHS Highland faces £25m deficit, calls for ‘need to engage’ with government

25.07.18:  NHS Highland is at risk of overspending its budget by almost £25m and might need to request the help of the Scottish Government, board papers show. Following the region’s board meeting yesterday, it was revealed that NHS H...

NHS England outsourced primary care Capita deal a ‘complete mess,' PAC says

25.07.18: NHS England’s outsourcing of primary care support services was short-sighted, disruptive to thousands of medical professionals, and had the potential to put patients at “risk of serious harm,” MPs have said today. A report...

Hancock won’t rule out cuts to previous Hunt commitments, considers ringfencing transformation

25.07.18: The health secretary has not yet evaluated whether previous NHS commitments from predecessor Jeremy Hunt will fit into his future plan, arguing you have to spend the money “as far as possible.” Speaking to MPs at the Health Sele...

The government is going to ‘stockpile’ drugs in case of a no deal Brexit, Hancock says

25.07.18: The Department of Health and Social Care will stockpile on vital medicines to prevent a no-deal departure from the EU from creating supply shortages. Matt Hancock told MPs and the Health Select Committee yesterday that the government is ass...

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Four Derbyshire CCGs consider merger to deal with £95m deficit

15/08/2018Four Derbyshire CCGs consider merger to deal with £95m deficit

CCGs in Derbyshire are to discuss plans on how they can source £51m of savings. After a three-week public consultation period, which e... more >
Plans for single AO across three CCGs in doubt due to localism fears, but full merger still possible

15/08/2018Plans for single AO across three CCGs in doubt due to localism fears, but full merger still possible

Plans to create a single accountable officer (AO) for three major Leicestershire CCGs have been cast into doubt, as concerns were raised about a ... more >
NHS England blocks expansion plans for ‘GP at Hand’ app citing safety fears

15/08/2018NHS England blocks expansion plans for ‘GP at Hand’ app citing safety fears

Plans to expand the ‘GP at Hand’ smartphone app outside of London have been blocked by NHS chiefs citing patient safety concerns. ... 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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The NICE impact on falls and fragility fractures

10/08/2018The NICE impact on falls and fragility fractures

Falls should not be an inevitable part of ageing – and their snowball effect means the consequence of falls are far from limited to just hospital admissions, says Professor Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive and director of health and social care at NICE Almost a third of over-65s in the UK have a fall at least once a year, with a... more >
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Listening to the frontline

15/08/2018Listening to the frontline

Professor Wendy Reid, executive director of education & quality and national medical director at Health Education England (HEE), shares insig... more >
Medication without harm

15/08/2018Medication without harm

The World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Third Global Patient Safety Challenge, ‘Medication without harm,’ is ambitious, b... more >
Stepping up the fight against AMR

15/08/2018Stepping up the fight against AMR

Professor Mark Baker, director of the Centre for Guidelines at NICE, explains what the organisation is doing to support the fight against antimic... more >
Population health for the 21st century

15/08/2018Population health for the 21st century

NHS Partners Network (NHSPN) chief executive David Hare discusses the themes covered at his organisation’s Confed18 panel debate on populat... more >

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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 >
Tackling infection prevention locally

04/10/2017Tackling infection prevention locally

Dr Emma Burnett, a lecturer and researcher in infection prevention at the University of Dundee’s School of Nursing and Midwifery and a boar... more >
Scan4Safety: benefits across the whole supply chain

02/10/2017Scan4Safety: benefits across the whole supply chain

NHE interviews Gillian Fox, head of eProcurement (Scan4Safety) programme at NHS Supply Chain. How has the Scan4Safety initiative evolved sin... more >

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