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NHS faces £2.3bn bill in no-deal Brexit in medicine and supplies cost surge

13.11.18: A ‘no-deal’ Brexit would deliver a “cost shock” to the NHS which would eat up all the funding available to improve patient care for the next two years through a surge in the cost of medicine and supplies. New analysi...

NHS director tells doctors to use Skype to cut ‘thousands of unnecessary hospital appointments’

09.11.18: England’s top doctor has called on hospitals to embrace Skype, apps and other online tools to reduce the “thousands of unnecessary outpatient appointments made every day.” NHS England’s medical director Stephen Powis...

Trust pays out £5.7m to lay off 299 staff as mergers see spike in compulsory redundancy pay-outs

09.11.18: One NHS trust paid out £5.7m to get rid of 299 NHS workers as new figures show that the amount trusts spent on compulsory redundancies increased by 8% last year. Data from trust’s annual accounts show that NHS providers spend a...

‘Grossly unfair’ pay rise risks undermining health and social care integration, NHS Confederation warns

05.11.18: National efforts to integrate health and care services will be undermined if the government fails to award thousands of health and care staff with pay rises, the NHS Confederation has warned. The government announced in March a pay-rise for...

Healthwatch workforce numbers fall by a fifth as report warns of ‘perilous’ state of funding

02.11.18: More reductions in Healthwatch funding have seen the number of full-time staff in the network fall by 22% over the last two years, Healthwatch has revealed in its annual State of Support study. The report found that funding received by loca...

NHS trust struggling to find replacement to build post-Carillion Birmingham hospital

01.11.18: The NHS trust responsible for building the new Birmingham hospital has admitted it is struggling to find a replacement after Carillion’s collapse cast doubt over the £350m construction. The Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals...

Day-to-day spending to fall by up to £1bn despite Budget injection, Health Foundation says

31.10.18: An analysis of the Autumn Budget by the Health Foundation has found that day-to-to-day spending on the wider health budget will fall by up to £1bn in real terms by next year. Despite welcome announcement from the chancellor that &poun...

Carillion hangover sees PFI contracts abolished by Chancellor in Budget announcement

30.10.18: Controversial Public Finance Initiative (PFI) and PF2 contracts that led to the stalling of the construction of major hospitals in Liverpool and Birmingham have been abolished by the chancellor in yesterday’s Budget announcement. Spea...

Providers warn budget may be ‘swallowed up’ by NHS austerity recovery challenge

26.10.18: Providers have warned that any new funding for the NHS is being “swallowed up” by efforts to recover from almost a decade of austerity, and have urged the government to use the Budget to commit more funding. Ahead of the Autumn...

Clarity over ‘parity of esteem’ definition and 5% annual spending increase needed for mental health services

26.10.18: The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has called for greater clarity over the definition of ‘parity of esteem’ between mental and physical health needs, and has published a number of financial recommendations for NHS mental...

Scottish NHS found to be ‘not financially sustainable’ in damning audit report

25.10.18: Scotland’s NHS’s performance is “in decline” and needs to urgently move away from “short-term fire-fighting” in the battle against unsustainable funding, an official audit report has warned. Audit Scotlan...

Public health services need £3.2bn funding to reverse impact of government cuts

24.10.18: An extra £3.2bn is needed each year to reverse the impact that government cuts to the public health grant has had on health services. The public health grant – which enables local authorities to deliver vital public services suc...

Struggling NHS hospital considers appealing to Tottenham Hotspur to ease financial struggles

22.10.18: A struggling NHS hospital is considering appealing to a Premier League football club for financial support after ending the year with a £29m deficit. One option includes a 20p surcharge on food, drink and match programmes for fans att...

NHS trusts stuck in ‘unsustainable cycle of severe winter pressures’ fear winter worse than last year

22.10.18: There are “clear warning signs” that the coming winter will be even worse for NHS trusts than last year, a new report from NHS Providers has warned. Growing staff shortages are putting “additional strain on a workforce alr...

NHS trusts save £288m by comparing everyday essentials

22.10.18: NHS trusts made £288m in savings during the last financial year by buying cheap everyday essential such as syringes, toilet rolls and disposable gloves by comparing prices between trusts across the country, according to the latest figures...

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More men please!

14/11/2018More men please!

Kirstie Stott, director of the Inspiring Leaders Network, flips the gender balance debate on its head and asks: why aren’t there more male ... more >
Camden GP practice placed into special measures following CQC inspection

14/11/2018Camden GP practice placed into special measures following CQC inspection

A GP practice in Camden has been rated as inadequate and placed into special measures by the CQC. An inspection in August rated Dr Phillip M... more >
Primary care merger for Greater Manchester halted after CCG leaders report a ‘lack of trust’

14/11/2018Primary care merger for Greater Manchester halted after CCG leaders report a ‘lack of trust’

Plans to create a single primary care organisation for Greater Manchester have been halted after an independent review found “fierce critic... 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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More men please!

14/11/2018More men please!

Kirstie Stott, director of the Inspiring Leaders Network, flips the gender balance debate on its head and asks: why aren’t there more male nurses? As an advocate for gender equality, I was recently struck by the NHS Provider Board report from NHS Improvement, which is an interesting but not surprising read. As someone who stron... more >
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Data: the oil of the digital age

07/11/2018Data: the oil of the digital age

Adam Steventon, director of data analytics at the Health Foundation, reviews the government’s digital and data vision for the NHS. Dig... more >
The clinical voice at the heart of procurement

10/10/2018The clinical voice at the heart of procurement

Jo Gander, director of the Clinical and Product Assurance (CaPA) team, talks about their role as part of the new NHS Supply Chain. NHS Suppl... more >
Recoup and recover

10/10/2018Recoup and recover

The ease and round-the-clock nature of making cashless payments has transformed the way we pay for goods and services – and, from now on, t... more >
A push for digital in mental health

10/10/2018A push for digital in mental health

Sean Duggan, chief executive of NHS Confederation’s Mental Health Network, argues that mental health services could hugely benefit from dig... 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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