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Nine out of 10 NHS trusts revealed to have asbestos in hospitals

10.12.18: An investigation has found that nine out of 10 NHS trusts say they have hospitals containing asbestos. Of the 211 trusts who responded to FOI requests, 198 admitted that they ran hospitals which contained the hazardous material. The BB...

Inspectors find feuding surgeons’ ‘tribalism’ and culture of hostility at cardiac unit contributed to higher death rate

06.12.18: Inspectors have reported weak leadership, a culture of bullying, and “tribalism” between feuding heart surgeons after a review of a troubled cardiac unit in London. Hostilities between surgeons at St George’s Hospital beca...

May promises reform as review reveals ‘outdated’ Mental Health Act infringing on patient rights

06.12.18: Patients with severe mental health problems “should be given more rights over treatments” to ensure better care is provided if they are detained for compulsory treatment, according to a review. The independent review of the Ment...

Volunteers help ‘reduce pressure’ on NHS frontline, but clarity needed over role boundaries

04.12.18: Frontline NHS staff have praised the “invaluable contribution” volunteers play in the hospitals and reducing mounting pressures, but a lack of clarity around role boundaries is the biggest danger facing voluntary work. An estima...

NHS staff frozen out of more than a million accounts as email network goes down

03.12.18: The NHS has suffered a national outage to its email system, causing staff to be locked out of more than a million accounts over the weekend. NHS Digital issued a ‘severity 1’ notice, warning of a “complete shutdown”...

MPs call for government intervention as CQC keeps worst-performing NHS trust in special measures

28.11.18: Norfolk and Suffolk NHS FT (NSFT) will remain in special measures after failing to implement improvements following its third damning ‘inadequate’ rating from the CQC. The health inspectorate said bosses at the foundation trust...

Healthcare provider in special measures after ‘unfit for purpose’ GP practice forced to close

26.11.18: Aston Healthcare has been placed in special measures after inspectors found the provider to be unable to provide safe services, had no systems in place to ensure premises were well managed, and in one case was forced to close a medical centre. ...

North Cumbria patients ‘suffered harm’ due to delays, says CQC

23.11.18: Limited bed supply and delays in transferring patients in two north Cumbria hospitals have resulted in “several serious incidents” and some “suffering harm,” the CQC has reported. The health inspectorate raised conce...

NHS trusts made to publish staff and patient concerns in the wake of Gosport scandal

22.11.18: NHS trusts will be forced to publish concerns raised by staff and patients about their care in the wake of the Gosport patient deaths scandal, the health secretary has announced. In a statement to Parliament, Matt Hancock said he would &ldq...

Twenty-nine trusts and NHS boards have missed every single target this year

20.11.18: A new analysis from the BBC has revealed that 29 hospital trusts and boards have missed every single one of their targets so far this year, while one in five local hospital services “consistently” fail to meet waiting time targets. ...

Allied Healthcare to transfer or sell all home care contracts

19.11.18: Allied Healthcare is seeking to transfer or sell all of its home care contracts to other providers in the wake of CQC’s damning notice on its finances. The care regulator issued a warning to the major home care provider earlier this m...

Capita must be stripped of ‘shambolic’ national contract after failing to send over 48,000 letters

15.11.18: The BMA has written to NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens expressing “extreme concern” over Capita after being made aware that the outsourced contractor failed to send up to 48,500 pieces of correspondence to women who had had...

Shropshire baby death review expanded to over 200 cases of maternity failings

14.11.18: A scandal-hit NHS trust investigating dozens of mother and baby deaths has now identified more than 200 cases as the review is widened for the third time. The CQC review into the maternity deaths focused on 23 cases when it launched in 2017...

NHS Wales given damning ‘wake-up call’ over its outdated IT systems

14.11.18: The Welsh Assembly has published a damming “wake-up call” on efforts to modernise NHS IT systems in Wales, raising “serious question marks” over a “culture of self-censorship and denial.” An assembly inqu...

Wales and England NHS bodies get new cross-border healthcare regulations

13.11.18:  Lord O’Shaughnessy has announced a new set of arrangements on the delivery of healthcare across the border between Wales and England. The government said that whilst healthcare across the border is “collaborative and high...

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High Court rejects ‘hostile environment’ policy challenge from Windrush man who was refused cancer treatment

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Nine out of 10 NHS trusts revealed to have asbestos in hospitals

10/12/2018Nine out of 10 NHS trusts revealed to have asbestos in hospitals

An investigation has found that nine out of 10 NHS trusts say they have hospitals containing asbestos. Of the 211 trusts who responded to FO... more >
‘Archaic’ and ‘absurd’ fax machines banned across the NHS

10/12/2018‘Archaic’ and ‘absurd’ fax machines banned across the NHS

The NHS has been banned from buying fax machines by the health secretary who has ordered a complete phase-out of the outdated machines by April 2... 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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The good, the bad, and the potential of social media

05/12/2018The good, the bad, and the potential of social media

Vicki Nash, head of policy and campaigns at Mind, assesses the impact of social media on the nation’s wellbeing. Few days go by without a story in the press about the negative effect of social media on mental health. It seems obvious: people, especially children and young people, are often seen staring at their mobile phones rather ... more >
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Are we doing enough to accelerate self-care?

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Dr Selwyn Hodge, co-chair of the Self Care Forum, makes the case for the further reach of self-care, and for it to be embedded into our everyday ... more >
The future of commissioning

05/12/2018The future of commissioning

Julie Wood, chief executive of NHS Clinical Commissioners, reacts to Matt Hancock’s recent comments regarding commissioning. “Co... more >
Caroline Dinenage: Quality matters

05/12/2018Caroline Dinenage: Quality matters

Care minister Caroline Dinenage MP urges health and care organisations to achieve closer collaboration to improve the quality of care and support... more >
Technology first

05/12/2018Technology first

With the latest policy document from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) heralding a new ‘technology-first’ ethos for the... more >

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How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

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A dedicated national social care service could be a potential solution to surging demand burdening acute health providers over the winter months,... more >
RCP president on new Liverpool college building: ‘This will be a hub for clinicians in the north’

24/10/2018RCP president on new Liverpool college building: ‘This will be a hub for clinicians in the north’

The president of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has told NHE that the college’s new headquarters based in Liverpool will become a hu... more >
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

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 >

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