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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...

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...

Continued STP hospital closures risk A&Es reaching ‘danger point’

24.04.17: The performance in North West London A&E departments has suffered considerably following the closure of two emergency departments in the area, sparking concern about the effect that 24 potential closures across STPs in England could have on...

NHS fails to hit targets over ‘worst winter on record’ despite mild weather

19.04.17: Emergency departments are still struggling to meet NHS targets under increased demand from patients, NHS England’s performance figures for February 2017 have revealed. The figures show that at the end of a winter period that health or...

Number of people waiting 18 weeks or more for surgery could double by 2020

10.04.17: The number of patients waiting more than 18 weeks for planned surgery could double by 2020, analysis of NHS England figures by the NHS Partners Network (NHSPN) has today warned. After looking at the data, NHSPN forecast that on current tren...

A&Es turned away ambulances twice as many times last winter

07.04.17: A&E units have been forced to close their doors to ambulances twice as many times this winter compared to the previous three years, research conducted by the Nuffield Trust has revealed. The think tank found that units closed to ambulan...

Filling the void and standardising security

07.04.17: Jayne King, chair of the National Association for Healthcare Security (NAHS) and head of security, portering and reception services at Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS FT, discusses the need for greater education and standardisation around...

Fear barriers to help-seeking in the UK

07.04.17: Jon Paxman, 2020health senior researcher, explains why reducing fear barriers may be essential to promoting timely help-seeking, improving health outcomes and supporting greater equity of healthcare within the NHS. Those who work in the hea...

WHAPPG slams ‘unacceptable’ treatment quality for women’s health problems

28.03.17: The diagnosis and treatment of women’s conditions such as fibroid and endometriosis across the country is “unacceptable” as patients reported not being treated appropriately enough with these issues, a study conducted by the Al...

Providers warn achieving 2017-18 performance targets now ‘mission impossible’

20.03.17: Reaching hospital performances targets has been described as “mission Impossible” by NHS Providers in a report released today, as the organisation also called for “realism, flexibility and support” in the NHS’s appr...

Dismal NHS performance slammed as ‘corridors become the new emergency wards’

10.03.17: Health organisations have slammed “staggering” NHS performance figures from January, which have revealed rises in patients waiting for emergency treatment as well as steep growth in waiting times for people undergoing elective surger...

Providers and BMA hit back at Hunt’s demand to meet A&E target by 2018

10.03.17: Doctors and providers have responded to health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s call for hospitals to get back on track with A&E targets by next year, saying that waiting times in emergency departments cannot be shortened without new funding fo...

NICE tells NHS staff to treat life-threatening sepsis within the hour

10.03.17: Sepsis must be treated by doctors within the hour once a patient is classed as high risk, a new draft standard from NICE has stated today. The recommendation has come to prevent deaths from the condition, which comes about as a result of th...

MPs admit emergency departments are not sufficiently funded

08.03.17: Only a third of MPs believe that emergency departments have the resources they require to keep their patients safe, a poll conducted by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) has revealed. The poll surveyed 92 MPs of all parties and...

We need a new approach to winter pressures

07.03.17: Winter is traditionally the busiest time for the NHS. This winter has – in many respects – been the worst for many years.  Demand has climbed to record levels in the midst of the longest and deepest financial squeeze in the hist...

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Cancer Drugs Fund delivered ‘no meaningful value’ to patients

28/04/2017Cancer Drugs Fund delivered ‘no meaningful value’ to patients

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

28/04/2017Health committee urges DH to draw up plan for post-Brexit uncertainty

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... more >
STPs will not succeed where BCF has failed, warn MPs

28/04/2017STPs will not succeed where BCF has failed, warn MPs

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... more >

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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)... 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 Dep... more > more last word articles >
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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”. The change is predicted to cost the NHS around £1bn, however Labour say that this is the price the government should pay to show hardworking NHS staff that they ar... more >
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A single approach for purchasing HCTEDs

11/04/2017A single approach for purchasing HCTEDs

Andy Leary, finance director of specialised commissioning (National) at NHS England, discusses the new system for buying and supplying high-cost ... more >
Filling the void and standardising security

07/04/2017Filling the void and standardising security

Jayne King, chair of the National Association for Healthcare Security (NAHS) and head of security, portering and reception services at Guy’... more >
Fear barriers to help-seeking in the UK

07/04/2017Fear barriers to help-seeking in the UK

Jon Paxman, 2020health senior researcher, explains why reducing fear barriers may be essential to promoting timely help-seeking, improving health... more >
Considerable scope for improving how local areas tackle smoking

07/04/2017Considerable scope for improving how local areas tackle smoking

Amanda Sandford, information manager at Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), discusses the need to strengthen local relationships in tackling smok... more >

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Tight timetable for nursing associate  regulation

28/03/2017Tight timetable for nursing associate regulation

Jackie Smith, chief executive at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), talks to NHE’s David Stevenson about the challenges her organisat... more >
Improving the flow

13/02/2017Improving the flow

Glen Burley, chief executive of South Warwickshire NHS FT, explains how his organisation has been able to improve patient flow through its emerge... more >
Leadership development should be for all in health and care

07/12/2016Leadership development should be for all in health and care

Back in August, Stephen Hart joined Health Education England (HEE) as the organisation’s new director of leadership development, which incl... more >
The powerful link between staff and patient satisfaction

03/10/2016The powerful link between staff and patient satisfaction

David Behan CBE, chief executive of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), talks to NHE about the correlation between high rates of staff satisfactio... more >

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