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Health worker arrested on suspicion of infanticide at Countess of Chester Hospital

03.07.18: A female medical professional has been arrested on suspicion of murdering eight babies and attempting to murder a further six following an investigation at a Cheshire hospital. The staff member at the neonatal unit at Countess of Chester Ho...

Two-thirds of STPs report drop in bed numbers – with some losing 20% of capacity

27.06.18: The number of beds available across the NHS has reduced by an average of 140 per sustainability and transformation partnership (STP) footprint since 2014-15, representing a fall of over 6,000 nationally. Eye-watering figures published...

Scathing government review into NHS region blasts bullying and blame culture

26.06.18: A government-backed review into a major Scottish region has uncovered a culture of bullying and harassment where concerns raised were discouraged, with staff made to feel they had been “blamed rather than supported.” The review...

Gosport scandal: ‘Blame culture’ must end says Hunt, practice ‘probably repeated elsewhere’

21.06.18: Health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt has hit back at claims from an expert on hospital mortality that the Gosport War Memorial scandal could be replicated elsewhere in the NHS. Prof Sir Brian Jarman, of the Dr Foster Unit...

GP’s ‘practice of shortening lives’ led to over 450 deaths at Gosport

20.06.18: A public inquiry into over 800 deaths at an NHS hospital over the prescription of opioid has said families have been failed by the “institutionalised practice of shortening lives.” Staff at Gosport War Memorial Hospital in Hamps...

NHS trust to give payout in millions to teen brain-injured at birth

20.06.18: A girl who suffered a devastating brain injury during her birth has been awarded compensation from a major south east NHS trust. Becky Tyler, who is now studying for her GCSEs, won the payout after mistakes made during her birth led to her...

Medical examiners to be rolled out to investigate unexpected NHS deaths

11.06.18: All non-coronial unexpected deaths within the NHS in England and Wales are to be investigated by medical examiners in order to improve investigations into the cause of death, Jeremy Hunt has announced today. The announcement coincides with the...

Written submissions sought for gross negligence manslaughter review

06.06.18: The working group looking into gross negligence manslaughter in the medical profession has invited written submissions as the latest stage of its review. The General Medical Council ordered the review, which will be led by Dame Clare Marx, ...

Number of patients readmitted to hospital rises by a fifth due to ‘preventable’ conditions

01.06.18: Patients are being increasingly readmitted to hospital as patients with ‘preventable’ conditions such as pressure sores and pneumonia, prompting concerns about the quality of patient care and discharge systems in the NHS. Resear...

NHS can’t replace ‘tatty’ and broken-down equipment due to lack of funding

23.05.18: “Missed investment opportunities” for vital cancer scanning and major equipment were identified as issues created due to government cuts in NHS funding, new research shows. Broken-down ambulances, rotten windows, and “tatt...

Increasing urgent admissions reflect growing NHS pressures

22.05.18: The number of patients admitted urgently to hospital has rocketed by 42% over the past decade, according to new research by the Health Foundation. The figures reveal that patients arriving in A&E are sicker than ever and more likely to need...

Government ‘letting down’ cancer patients, Labour warns

18.05.18: Patients are waiting up to 18 months for cancer treatment, according to figures obtained by Labour. A Freedom of Information (FoI) request by the party revealed that two thirds of the trusts that responded had at least one patient waiting over...

Patients put ‘at risk of serious harm’ in ineffective £330m Capita deal

17.05.18: Patients could have been put at serious risk as a result of a “widespread failures” in an attempt to outsource primary care duties by NHS England, a new report has found. The seven-year contract, worth £330m and awarded to...

Trust boss apologises for care failings of student found dead after fleeing hospital

17.05.18: Sussex Partnership NHS FT has issued a public apology about the care that Janet Müller received from the trust. Müller was “unlawfully killed” by Christopher Jeffrey-Shaw in 2015 after she absconded from Mill View Hospital...

NMC ignored families and police evidence in ‘incompetent’ handling of Morecambe Bay scandal

16.05.18: The conduct of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) during the Morecambe Bay scandal did not act on concerns raised against midwives suspected of providing dangerously poor care, a major report commissioned by Jeremy Hunt has argued. In...

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Personal Health Records: empowering people

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A prominent member of Scottish Parliament has called on the government to “handcuff” doctors to continue working in the country. ... more >
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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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Personal Health Records: empowering people

18/07/2018Personal Health Records: empowering people

Stewart Fishman, product manager for Personal Health Records (PHRs) at NHS Digital, writes for NHE to discuss the empowering impact PHRs can have for patients. Imagine a future where people can easily choose from a range of secure, usable, online tools to access their care records. They can add information to these tools and share it wit... more >
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Personal Health Records: empowering people

18/07/2018Personal Health Records: empowering people

Stewart Fishman, product manager for Personal Health Records (PHRs) at NHS Digital, writes for NHE to discuss the empowering impact PHRs can have... more >
NHSI Lean programme: Making common sense common practice

18/07/2018NHSI Lean programme: Making common sense common practice

Common-sense changes – such as Vital Signs, an improvement practice for the NHS – have the potential to drive improvements across the... more >
As the NHS turns 70, it’s time to get serious about transformation

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Matthew Macnair-Smith, membership and policy manager at NHS Confederation, takes a look back at the last 70 years of the NHS and argues that it&r... more >
Paul Farmer: What next for mental health?

18/07/2018Paul Farmer: What next for mental health?

Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind, was the independent chair of the NHS Mental Health Taskforce that produced the Five Year Forward View for M... more >

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Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

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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

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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

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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

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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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