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Taxes will rise to fund NHS cash boost, says chancellor

21.06.18: The chancellor will say for the first time that taxes will rise to finance the increase in funding for the NHS. Phillip Hammond, in a speech due to be made today, will state that tax rises as opposed to greater borrowing will fund Theresa M...

NHS long-term funding: May sets out five-year plan, RCGP says GPs must receive ‘substantial share’

19.06.18: The prime minister has outlined how she plans to commit the recently announced extra £20bn a year for the NHS by 2023, highlighting cancer care, integration of social care, and improved to mental health services as key areas of priority fo...

PM reported to Advertising Standards Authority over Brexit dividend claims

19.06.18: The prime minister has been reported to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for claiming that a “Brexit dividend” would partly fund her NHS funding pledge. Theresa May has said that the NHS will receive an additional £20...

Theresa May pledges £20bn a year for NHS

18.06.18: The NHS in England will get an extra £20bn a year by 2023, the prime minister has said. Health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt has dubbed the boost a “fitting birthday present” for the NHS, which turns 70 next m...

May to announce welcomed NHS funding surge of up to £6bn

15.06.18: The government will boost the NHS’s annual budget of up to £6bn in much-needed funding, the prime minister will announce next week. Following months of calls for a surge in resources for the nation’s healthcare services, t...

Hunt admits imminent long-term NHS plan likely won’t include social care

14.06.18: The health and social care secretary has clarified that long-term plans for the NHS and for social care will both happen, but very likely not at the same time. His comments, made at this year’s NHS Confederation conference, seemed to...

NHS long-term funding: what's in store?

13.06.18: Anita Charlesworth, director of research and economics at the Health Foundation, discusses Theresa May’s recent announcements on long-term NHS funding and considers the options available. The prime minister’s appearance in front...

Lord Hunt: Undermining the Agenda for Change

13.06.18: Lord Philip Hunt, Labour’s shadow spokesperson for health and social care, discusses the damage that wholly-owned subsidiary (WOS) companies are inflicting on the NHS, and how they’re undermining the Agenda for Change pay scales. ...

NI Hospital to receive emergency services cash boost

11.06.18: A hospital that faced losing its emergency department (ED) is set to receive a £1.65m cash injection to help fund its 24-hour emergency care. The Daisy Hill Hospital in County Down, Northern Ireland, received the funds after Southern...

DH ‘can’t fully explain’ why NHS spent 7 times more money on generic meds last year

08.06.18: Prices of generic medicines purchased by CCGs for primary care have soared sevenfold in the past year alone, yet the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) “could not fully explain” the cause of the surge, a new report has found...

High Court bid against NHS restriction on homeopathy prescriptions lost

07.06.18: The British Homeopathic Association (BHA) has lost is High Court battle against NHS England's decision to stop funding homeopathic medicines. At the end of last year, NHS England published guidance to restrict prescriptions for 18 ineffective...

IFS and Health Foundation: UK health spending lags behind Europe

07.06.18: The UK’s health spending is lagging behind other European countries, according to a new report commissioned by NHS Confederation. Despite the UK spending more on healthcare than ever before, its expenditure in proportion to national incom...

May ‘in a bind’ as NHS funding options to raise taxes or borrow more defy Tory fiscal stance

06.06.18:  Conservative MPs are being asked whether they would support a tax rise to fund the NHS, after reports claimed households would need to pay an extra £850 a year to fund the service by 2022. Yesterday, the Institute for Fiscal Stu...

Trusts struggling financially penalised with 6% interest rates

04.06.18: NHS providers placed in Financial Special Measures are being hit by interest rates as high as 6%, according to a new report. The report, published by the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) in conjunction with former health secre...

Famous St Bart’s ‘Sherlock’ hospital block to be privatised

31.05.18: One of the buildings at Britain’s oldest hospital, which has become a tourist attraction famed for one Sherlock Holmes’ most famous television scenes, is set to undergo privatisation. The Old Pathology Building at St Bartholomew...

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Top NHS England boss to leave the organisation

22/06/2018Top NHS England boss to leave the organisation

NHS England’s chief financial officer will leave the post after 11 years. Paul Baumann CBE, who joined NHS London in 2007, and took up... more >
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Over eight in 10 primary care services are providing good care, despite mounting work force and commissioning pressures, the CQC has said. A... more >

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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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Professor Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive and director Health and Social Care at NICE, looks into what can be done to decrease cardiovascular disease nationally and how to prevent missed opportunities in the future. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) accounts for just over a quarter of deaths and affects around 7 million people in the UK. ... more >
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Getting more out of our medicines

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Paul Chrisp, programme director of medicines and technologies at NICE, describes how the organisation is re-purposing drugs in order to improve p... more >
Under attack

20/06/2018Under attack

One attack against an NHS worker is one too many. But unfortunately, the trend in recent years has been alarmingly upwards, with no part of the N... more >
Lessons from WannaCry

20/06/2018Lessons from WannaCry

Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, a member of the Public Accounts Committee, warns that the UK Government must take seriously the threat of a more soph... more >
A hostile environment

20/06/2018A hostile environment

Dr Terry John, chair of the BMA’s international committee, gives his thoughts on the government’s visa and immigration policy and its... 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 >
Tackling infection prevention locally

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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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