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Private health giant Spire reveals 20% profit hit after NHS funding cutbacks

19.09.18: NHS funding squeezes have hit private firm Spire Healthcare as it forecasted a large decline in annual profits. Spire Healthcare has unveiled a 20.6% decline in pre-tax earnings in the six months to the end of June, and now forecasts full-y...

NHS ‘brand’ to be globally exported in bid to raise £7bn post-Brexit funding

12.09.18: The government is looking to export NHS expertise across the globe as part of an effort to boost funding and investment post-Brexit. Up to £7bn of opportunities will be targeted over the next 10 years, with the NHS’s expertise s...

Amount of NHS land for sale soars by one-third in a year

10.09.18: There has been a major rise in the amount of NHS land being put up for sale, with figures showing a 31% increase in the last year. According to data compiled by the Labour party, 1,750 hectares of land are on the market, around 400 hectares...

NHS trusts to receive £145m for emergency care ahead of winter chaos

10.09.18: The government will give more than £145m to NHS trusts across the country in order to improve emergency care ahead of the winter months. The funding from the department of health and social care’s budget will go towards upgradin...

Trust hospital bids for £36m government funding for struggling A&E

06.09.18: Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust was told yesterday by the prime minister that it will find out in the coming weeks if their bid for £36.2m government funding has been successful. The announcement came in response to Walsall North MP Eddi...

NHS IT systems ‘costing lives’: Hancock unveils £200m digital fund and five app trials

06.09.18: Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock has described the NHS’s IT systems as “stuttering,” arguing that they are putting lives at risk and are in need of a serious upgrade. “It’s time to bring the health...

DHSC awards centralised £730m NHS logistics deal

05.09.18: A five-year £730m logistics contract has been awarded by the Department of Health and Social Care following a legal challenge against the decision from a rival bidder. The contract will involve the provision of delivery services of no...

Use entrepreneur tax relief cash to help fulfil NHS £20bn funding pledge, think tank says

29.08.18: Entrepreneurs’ Relief should be scrapped to fund Theresa May’s extra £20bn a year pledge for the NHS, a leading think tank has said. The Resolution Foundation’s latest release today found that Entrepreneur’s Re...

NHS hospitals should be run like Tesco chains to improve standards, Dalton says

24.08.18: One of the leading NHS chief executives claims struggling hospitals should be run like supermarket chains to improve efficiencies and savings. Sir David Dalton, CEO of a top-rated Salford Royal NHS FT and the man handpicked to lead divisive...

South west trust to enter 15-year estates partnership for delivery of estates

21.08.18: Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust (TSDFT) has announced that it will be entering a 50:50 strategic estates partnership and joint venture with Health Innovation Partners (HIP) to support the development of its estates strategy. The...

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...

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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

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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Lord Darzi: Seize the opportunity

19/09/2018Lord Darzi: Seize the opportunity

Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham is the Paul Hamlyn chair of surgery at Imperial College, a surgeon working in the NHS and, from 2007-09, was health minister under Labour. Here, he highlights the importance of innovation in the NHS, and the exciting prospects it might bring if we’re brave enough to seize the opportunities ahead. S... more >
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The Hospital Energy Project

19/09/2018The Hospital Energy Project

The Hospital Energy Project is an ambitious engineering scheme to replace outdated systems at Oxford University NHS FT’s hospitals and redu... more >
Social media's role in health

19/09/2018Social media's role in health

Social media has a massive role to play in health – infection prevention and control in particular, write Brett Mitchell, professor of nurs... more >
Dickson: Hancock finds an NHS in need of digital rebirth

19/09/2018Dickson: Hancock finds an NHS in need of digital rebirth

Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, takes a look at Matt Hancock's priorities and agenda around workforce, technology and pr... more >
GDEs: Never stop learning

19/09/2018GDEs: Never stop learning

Paul Charnley, director of IT and information at Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS FT, discusses what his organisation has learnt from bein... 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

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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