Cancer Drugs Fund delivered ‘no meaningful value’ to patients

28.04.17: The Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) set up by David Cameron to pay for medicine for over 100,000 people was not good value for money, despite costing the NHS around £1.3bn to develop, according to a new report.   Established in 2010, the...

Health committee urges DH to draw up plan for post-Brexit uncertainty

28.04.17: The Department of Health (DH) have been told to put contingency plans in place to prepare for the effect that Brexit could have on the health and social care sector. In a report drawn up by the health committee, the department was urged to...

STPs will not succeed where BCF has failed, warn MPs

28.04.17: MPs have slammed the government for the failure of the Better Care Fund (BCF) to achieve any of its objectives, arguing that they are unconvinced that STP planning could succeed where the BCF had failed in integrating health and social care serv...

Unison: NHS staff charged ‘extortionate’ rates to park at hospitals

27.04.17: Hospitals are charging staff, including nurses struggling with low wages, huge rates of nearly £100 a month to park, an FoI sent by Unison has revealed. The union asked 199 trusts in England, Scotland and Wales how much staff were cha...

NHS England has made ‘no progress’ on increasing GP numbers, says PAC

27.04.17: There has been “no progress” made by NHS England on increasing the number of GPs despite NHS England targets to train 5,000 more doctors by 2020, MPs have today warned. In its ‘Access to General Practice: progress review&r...

Clarity needed on how ambulance services will be integrated into STPs

27.04.17: Further clarity is needed to establish how ambulance services will be incorporated into STPs across England, an influential group of MPs has today warned. In its ‘NHS ambulance services’ report into variation in performance betw...

Review urges CQC board to ‘revisit purpose’ to run more efficiently

26.04.17: The CQC has been told to reassess the role of its board by an independent review that found large discrepancies in opinions between members about the purpose of directors sitting on the executive board. The board was also recommended to &ld...

RCGP: NHS must not be eclipsed by Brexit during election

26.04.17: Patient care cannot take a ‘back seat to Brexit’ as the UK’s politicians get on the campaign trail leading up to the snap general election on 8 June a key health organisation has stated. The Royal College of GPs (RCGP) has...

Unions get behind Labour pledges to NHS staff

26.04.17: Unions have today backed the Labour party after it pledged to axe the 1% NHS pay cap as well as reversing cuts to student bursaries. Speaking at Unison’s Health Conference today, shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth will promise...

Labour’s pledge to raise wages for ‘underpaid and overworked’ NHS staff

26.04.17: Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth will today outline a major campaign pledge to axe the NHS pay cap, saying that staff are “underpaid and overworked”. The change is predicted to cost the NHS around £1bn, however La...

‘Improvement lab’ launched to tackle complex health challenges

25.04.17: A new ‘Improvement Lab’ has been launched this week by the Health Foundation alongside NHS Improvement in order to address complex challenges facing the health care sector. Called the ‘Q Improvement Lab’, the organis...

A third of emergency cancer patients don’t see GP before diagnosis

25.04.17: Over a third of cancer patients diagnosed as an emergency in England did not see their GP beforehand, a survey published in the British Journal of Medical Practice has today revealed. Research funded by the charity Cancer Research UK analys...

‘Labyrinthine’ health system slowing progress of HIV treatment

25.04.17: Progress being made to meet the needs of HIV sufferers is being held back by an overly complex system, a report has today revealed. The research conducted by think tank the King’s Fund, called ‘The future of HIV services in Engl...

BMA criticises ‘patchy and inadequate’ progress of GP Forward View

24.04.17: The BMA has criticised NHS England for a “patchy” first year of delivery of the GP Forward View, saying that though funds have started getting through to practices, too often money has been delayed and distributed unevenly to practic...

Increasing child emergency admissions raises community care concerns

24.04.17: The number of babies and young children admitted to hospital in an emergency has risen by almost a third over the last decade, a report released today has revealed. It was also found that many of these children were being treated for condit...

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22/03/2017New additions and unexpected announcements

As NHE went to press, many of us were still recovering from the chancellor’s unexpected health announcements in his last Spring Budget.   While the sector welcomed Philip Hammond’s revelations, centered on capital funding for advanced sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) and A&E triage schemes (page 24), the government failed to address the funding gap still facing the NHS.   Even the £2bn social care windfall, which Treasury has... read more >

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Foreign patient charges are a distraction from the real issues

Foreign patient charges are a distraction from the real issues

Vivek Kotecha, research officer at the Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI), explains why the charging of foreign patients distracts from our home-grown NHS issues.  The Depart more > more last word articles >


Tight timetable for nursing associate  regulation

28/03/2017Tight timetable for nursing associate regulation

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Labour’s pledge to raise wages for ‘underpaid and overworked’ NHS staff

26/04/2017Labour’s pledge to raise wages for ‘underpaid and overworked’ NHS staff

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth will today outline a major campaign pledge to axe the NHS pay cap, saying that staff are “underpaid and overworked”. ... more >
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