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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...

One in six trusts could end PFI contracts due to poor performance as NHS heads for £1bn loss

19.10.18: A new report has revealed that 15% of all NHS trusts using private finance initiatives (PFI) could terminate contracts due to poor performance. The report, released by the Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI), has analysed five...

Health organisations in Autumn Budget appeal over social care and public health funding

17.10.18: A group of health faculties and royal colleges have urged the chancellor to use the autumn budget to invest long-term in adult social care and health services or “risk the NHS failing to meet demands.” In a letter addressed to P...

NHS waste scandal: Boss says company has been ‘vilified’ and denies mismanagement

12.10.18: The boss of the waste disposal company at the centre of an NHS scandal for stockpiling medical waste, including body parts, has told the BBC his company has been “vilified” and denied suggestions that it mismanaged its services. ...

DHSC pledges to break down the barriers to any idea that can help cut costs

12.10.18: The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is open to each and every idea that could help reduce cost whilst keeping care as good as it is now or even better, its boss has promised. Secretary of state Matt Hancock issued a clear call t...

Recoup and recover

10.10.18: 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, the NHS should be no different. Stephen Sutcliffe, director of finance and accounting at NHS Shared B...

Record £37m NHS compensation pay-out for brain-injured boy

08.10.18: A six-year-old boy who suffered a “catastrophic” brain injury after his birth in hospital has received a NHS record £37m in compensation. The child contracted the herpes simplex virus at Watford General hospital which &ldq...

Two Cheshire CCGs in danger of going £5m in deficit for next year

08.10.18: Two CCGs based in Cheshire have told members the groups are facing a combined deficit of £5m for this financial year. Following a meeting on Thursday, NHS South Cheshire and Vale Royal CCGs claimed that they will go £5m over bud...

Ministers to write off £150m of NHS debt in new deal

05.10.18: The Scottish Government will write off £150m of debt owed by NHS health boards – including the troubled NHS Tayside, which alone owes £45m and is expecting a £17m deficit this year – as part of a new financial frame...

Groundbreaking cancer treatment now available in England as NHS strikes discount deal

05.10.18: A cancer immunotherapy used to treat patients with aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma is now available in England after NHS England struck a discounted deal. The news comes just after Theresa May announced a new cancer strategy for the NHS whi...

Theresa May announces new cancer strategy for NHS

04.10.18: The prime minister has announced a new cancer strategy for the NHS which will see “a step change in how we diagnose cancer” and improve cancer survival rates. Theresa May said she wants to increase early detection rates for canc...

Audit raises ‘serious reservations’ over two NHS health boards’ £20m budget gaps

03.10.18: Scotland’s public spending watchdog has raised “serious reservations” over the finances of two health boards who both face funding gaps of over £20m. Audit Scotland found that NHS Ayrshire and Arran and NHS Highland...

NHS faces £2.7bn cuts after government pension slip-up

01.10.18: The NHS will suffer £2.7bn in new cuts after the government miscalculated the pension costs of public sector workers, a new analysis from the House of Commons library has shown. The government has offered to cover the NHS’s addi...

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

22/10/2018Struggling NHS hospital considers appealing to Tottenham Hotspur to ease financial struggles

A struggling NHS hospital is considering appealing to a Premier League football club for financial support after ending the year with a £29... more >
NHS trusts stuck in ‘unsustainable cycle of severe winter pressures’ fear winter worse than last year

22/10/2018NHS trusts stuck in ‘unsustainable cycle of severe winter pressures’ fear winter worse than last year

There are “clear warning signs” that the coming winter will be even worse for NHS trusts than last year, a new report from NHS Provid... more >
A goal without a plan is just a wish

22/10/2018A goal without a plan is just a wish

CIPFA’s health and social care policy manager, Dr Ellie Roy, makes the case for a long-term funding plan for social care, and welcomes the ... 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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A goal without a plan is just a wish

22/10/2018A goal without a plan is just a wish

CIPFA’s health and social care policy manager, Dr Ellie Roy, makes the case for a long-term funding plan for social care, and welcomes the Public Accounts Committee’s (PAC) latest findings. The UK Government has committed to the goal of better integration of health and social care, but the financial squeeze and lack of clarity... more >
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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 >
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 >
Deal or no deal?

10/10/2018Deal or no deal?

Dr Andrew Dearden, BMA treasurer and Brexit lead, takes a look at what different Brexit scenarios could means for both patients and healthcare pr... 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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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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