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Traffic light system could reduce hospital waiting times

24.04.18: A pilot system is making it easier for GPs to understand the hospital waiting times experienced by their patients. The e-traffic light system could help to reduce hospital waiting times and offer patients a clearer choice of treatment, NHS Engl...

Milton Keynes, Bedford and Luton CCGs plan to merge

20.04.18: NHS bosses have plans to merge the CCGs of Milton Keynes, Bedford and Luton in a move which would see the three areas’ health bodies heavily integrated. The move would also mean a single accountable officer and financial officer would...

Cyber security plans impossible as NHS still in dark about WannaCry

18.04.18: The WannaCry cyber-attack on 12 May 2017 was a wake-up call for the NHS and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) must now act on priorities by June this year, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has argued. The attack caused wide...

EMA: Wollaston warns UK risks becoming ‘rule-taker rather than rule-maker’

06.04.18: The chair of the Health and Social Care Committee has written to the health secretary demanding clarity on the transitional arrangements for medicines set out in the Draft Agreement on Brexit. The Draft Agreement appears to state that during th...

Tough task ahead for the NHS

04.04.18: Phillippa Hentsch, head of analysis at NHS Providers, paints a stark picture of NHS finances, workforce pressures and unsustainable targets for the coming year unless firmer action is taken by the government. We wanted it. We campaigned for...

PM promises to publish ‘sustainable long-term plan’ for NHS this year

28.03.18: Theresa May has this week promised to unveil a “sustainable long-term plan” for the NHS over the next year, including a new funding settlement for the health service. Following Jeremy Hunt hinting at a raising income tax by 1p t...

NHS England could delay rollout of digital GP app

20.03.18: The NHS is to commission an independent review of the innovative GP at Hand app. The app, run by health provider, Babylon, allows patients to have video consultations with GPs in practices based in Hammersmith and Fulham, London. However, fu...

Divisive ACO legislation delayed by further consultation

08.02.18: Introduction of the controversial accountable care organisations (ACOs) has been delayed until a new consultation can be completed, the health minister has confirmed this week. Caroline Dineage said the laws which would pave the way for ACOs co...

‘New relationship’ between patients and staff must be accepted

31.01.18: The NHS must put more focus on providing the means for people to effectively care for themselves, according to a new report from NHS Providers. In its latest review, ‘Learning from the Vanguards,’ the organisation says healthcar...

Hawking campaign group to take Hunt to court over ACO backdoor privatisation claim

31.01.18: A campaign group backed by world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has been given permission to take Jeremy Hunt to court over claims changes to accountable care organisations (ACOs) could lead to privatisation. The organisation, JR4NHS, w...

Cross-party MPs call on government for long-term settlement for NHS

20.11.17: Calls for an NHS and Care Convention have the support of 90 MPs, including Tories. The MPs have collectively sent a letter to Theresa May and Philip Hammond pushing for a cross-party convention, to deliver a sustainable long-term settlement for...

‘Extraordinarily difficult’ NHS management threatens local initiatives

16.11.17: The NHS management culture risks undermining local initiatives, the Nuffield Trust has warned. In a new report, ‘A two-way street: What can CCGs teach us about accountability in STPs?’, the think tank argued that the NHS accountabil...

Denying surgery based on lifestyle judgements ‘compromises patient trust’

15.11.17: Denying access to NHS treatments based on lifestyle choices will hamper doctor-patient relationships, the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) has cautioned. The warning has come in response to the latest CCG to opt to restrict access to NHS treatment....

First ever A&E for the elderly to open in UK

07.11.17: Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) has announced plans to introduce an emergency department dedicated solely to the care of elderly patients. The first of its kind in the UK, the facility will only treat people over the age of 80. ...

No deal Brexit would harm NHS, Nuffield Trust warns

07.11.17: A no deal Brexit would be seriously damaging to the NHS, the Nuffield Trust has warned today. In a new briefing, ‘How will our future relationship with the EU shape the NHS?’ the think tank outlines the potential consequences of a &...

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NMC registrations drop as Brexit drives EU staff home

25/04/2018NMC registrations drop as Brexit drives EU staff home

The number of EU nurses and midwives leaving the register increased by 29% last year, new figures have revealed. Figures from the Nursing and Mi... more >
RCN seeks views on mental health parity

25/04/2018RCN seeks views on mental health parity

The Royal College of Nursing is seeking the views of nursing staff working in mental health or delivering mental health services. The RCN wi... more >
NHS ‘on the cusp’ of great tech opportunity

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The NHS is “on the cusp of a great opportunity” to accelerate the contributions of community nurses through the use of technology, acco... 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 e... 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 beyond doubt or dispute, other than in government, th... more > more last word articles >

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

10/04/2018NHS long-term funding: what’s in store?

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 of the Liaison Committee of the House of Commons last month has caused quite a stir in the health w... more >
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Building a solid evidence base

18/04/2018Building a solid evidence base

Danielle Doyle of THIS Institute, co-created by the University of Cambridge and the Health Foundation, says the new organisation will dare to try... more >
Forensics v fraud

18/04/2018Forensics v fraud

Gareth Ballance, technical lead of the Forensic Computing Unit (FCU), gives a snapshot of a day in the life working for the NHS Counter Fraud Aut... more >
A personal view of NAPP’s future strategy

18/04/2018A personal view of NAPP’s future strategy

Dr Patricia Wilkie, president of the National Association for Patient Participation (N.A.P.P.), outlines her personal ambitions for the coming ye... more >
It’s all about quality data

18/04/2018It’s all about quality data

Steve Graham, eProcurement/Scan4Safety lead at the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), and Gillian Fox, head of the eProcurement Program... 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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