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Trust to remain in special measures and issued with second CQC warning notice despite improvements

15.05.19: Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS FT (NNUH) is to remain in special measures and has received a second CQC warning notice despite the CQC finding evidence of improvements and upgrading the trust’s Inadequate rating. The majo...

NHS lost £212m from prescription fraud last year whilst 1.7m people wrongly fined, NAO finds

15.05.19: Around 1.7 million fines have been wrongly handed out to patients and then overturned in the last five years, whilst the NHS also lost £212m last year due to wrongly claimed exemptions, the National Audit Office (NAO) has found. The n...

‘Thriving’ UK medicines discovery sector being driven by brand new technologies

13.05.19: New state-of-the-art technologies are keeping the UK competitive in a “thriving” service and supply sector in medicines discovery, a 2019 State of the Discovery Nation report has revealed. The research from the Medicines Discove...

Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust fined over ‘potentially lethal’ asbestos exposure at its hospital

10.05.19: Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) has been fined £34,000 after refurbishment work undertaken in the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital exposed its employees and contractors to asbestos. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said...

NHS set to launch global recruitment strategy to bring in thousands of foreign nurses

07.05.19: The NHS is set to begin a global recruitment drive to recruit tens of thousands of foreign nurses over the next five years in a bid to fill a void of 40,000 skilled workers. According to the staffing strategy, seen by The Times, NHS Improve...

‘Worst winter on record’ as BMA warns of ‘hidden crisis’ in NHS

02.05.19: The BMA has warned that the NHS is in a “hidden crisis” of rising waiting times and intense pressures after the health service experienced its worst winter on record. The doctors trade union said that despite muted public debate...

Public inquiry into ‘worst treatment scandal in the history of the NHS’ hears first ‘harrowing’ evidence

01.05.19: The public inquiry into the NHS tainted blood scandal where nearly 5,000 people were infected with hepatitis C or HIV, leading to around 2,000 deaths, has started taking evidence. Witness statements given at the contaminated blood scandal i...

All NHS hospitals and GP practices to be equipped with fibre optic internet

01.05.19: All NHS hospitals, GP practices and community care services are to be equipped with full fibre optic internet, under plans announced by the health secretary. Part of the NHS Long-Term Plan’s bid to improve connectivity and modernise h...

Damning investigation sees ‘dysfunctional’ maternity services placed into special measures by health minister

01.05.19: The health minister has placed Cwm Taf’s “dysfunctional” maternity services into special measures and imposed a number of conditions and oversight following the release of a “deeply saddening” and “extremely s...

Police launch fresh criminal inquiry into Gosport hospital scandal

30.04.19: Police have launched a new full criminal investigation into the deaths of hundreds of patients at Gosport War Memorial Hospital. A public inquiry in June last year into over 800 deaths at the Gosport hospital found that more than 450 patien...

Scandal-hit clinical waste firm HES goes into liquidation

29.04.19: Clinical waste firm Healthcare Environmental Services (HES) has gone into liquidation four months after making all of its staff redundant in the wake of the waste stockpiling scandal. The firm was stripped of 15 major NHS contracts after it...

Lessons from Mid-Staffordshire scandal being lost as NHS staffing levels are ‘putting patients’ lives at risk’

17.04.19: One in four NHS wards routinely operate with staffing levels so low they threaten patient safety, researchers have warned. Hospital wards are still understaffed to the extent that patients’ lives are being put at risk, researchers at...

A&E patients ‘poorly managed’ and workers overstretched at Portsmouth hospital

16.04.19: Patients are being “poorly managed” and the frail and elderly are left in “unacceptable states of undress” by overstretched staff at a Portsmouth hospital, the CQC has found. Inspectors have told the trust that runs...

NHS rolls out new digital portal for home care vacancies in bid to reduce hospital discharge delays

16.04.19: A new digital portal that allows hospital staff to find care home spaces for patients is to be rolled out across the NHS in a bid to reduce delays. The ‘Capacity Tracker’ is being rolled out by NHS England to hospitals, care hom...

Nearly 4m GP appointments could be freed up by 2022 under newly extended NHS pilot scheme

15.04.19: NHS England has extended a scheme which has freed up half a million hours for patients in the last year and could now see four million appointments saved by 2022. The Time for Care scheme encourages practices to try innovations to cut burea...

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Kettering hospital trust exits special measures after two years

23/05/2019Kettering hospital trust exits special measures after two years

A Midlands Hospital Trust has left special measures by inspectors after two years when they found significant improvements had been made and a &l... more >
The introduction of state indemnity and the continued importance of MDO membership

22/05/2019The introduction of state indemnity and the continued importance of MDO membership

Dr Caroline Fryar, head of advisory services at the Medical Defence Union (MDU), explains why medical defence organisation (MDO) membership remai... more >
Trust to remain in special measures and issued with second CQC warning notice despite improvements

15/05/2019Trust to remain in special measures and issued with second CQC warning notice despite improvements

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS FT (NNUH) is to remain in special measures and has received a second CQC warning notice despite the C... 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 introduction of state indemnity and the continued importance of MDO membership

22/05/2019The introduction of state indemnity and the continued importance of MDO membership

Dr Caroline Fryar, head of advisory services at the Medical Defence Union (MDU), explains why medical defence organisation (MDO) membership remains important following the introduction of state indemnity. On 1 April 2019, state indemnity for NHS contracted primary care work was introduced in England and Wales. Following this, the MDU surv... 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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