Patient safety

Trust to remain in special measures and issued with second CQC warning notice despite improvements

15.05.19: Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS FT (NNUH) is to remain in special measures and has received a second CQC warning notice despite the CQC finding evidence of improvements and upgrading the trust’s Inadequate rating. The majo...

NHS lost £212m from prescription fraud last year whilst 1.7m people wrongly fined, NAO finds

15.05.19: Around 1.7 million fines have been wrongly handed out to patients and then overturned in the last five years, whilst the NHS also lost £212m last year due to wrongly claimed exemptions, the National Audit Office (NAO) has found. The n...

‘Pink drink’ cancer treatment that helps surgeons spot brain tumours rolled out across NHS

13.05.19: A new innovative brain cancer treatment aid that allows surgeons to identify areas of the brain affected by cancer has been rolled out across the NHS and could save up to 2,000 patients a year. Known as the ‘pink drink’, 5-ALA u...

Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust fined over ‘potentially lethal’ asbestos exposure at its hospital

10.05.19: Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) has been fined £34,000 after refurbishment work undertaken in the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital exposed its employees and contractors to asbestos. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said...

GP numbers in sustained fall for first time in 50 years

08.05.19: The number of GPs relative to the population size has fallen in a sustained way for the first time since the 1960s, research has revealed. Analysis by the Nuffield Trust, carried out for the BBC, has revealed that the number of GPs per 100...

Inspectors say significant delays to treatment and patients in corridors ‘cannot continue’ at Blackpool hospital

08.05.19: Significant delays and severe pressures at Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s emergency department has forced CQC inspectors to state that the practice “simply cannot continue” at its current level. In an unrated inspection of...

Ends of AIDs in sight as HIV-suppressing drugs succeed in making the virus ‘untransmittable’

03.05.19: HIV-suppressing drugs can now make the AIDS virus “untransmittable” even to sexual partners, and could lead to an end to the entire epidemic, a landmark study has found. In a study of nearly 1,000 gay male couples across Europe...

MSPs raise serious concerns over ‘not fit for purpose’ hospitals after seven infection deaths this year

03.05.19: MSPs have raised serious concerns with the health secretary over Scotland’s approach to infection-control and new “not fit for purpose” hospitals in the wake of seven infection-related deaths this year. The Scottish politi...

‘Worst winter on record’ as BMA warns of ‘hidden crisis’ in NHS

02.05.19: The BMA has warned that the NHS is in a “hidden crisis” of rising waiting times and intense pressures after the health service experienced its worst winter on record. The doctors trade union said that despite muted public debate...

Public inquiry into ‘worst treatment scandal in the history of the NHS’ hears first ‘harrowing’ evidence

01.05.19: The public inquiry into the NHS tainted blood scandal where nearly 5,000 people were infected with hepatitis C or HIV, leading to around 2,000 deaths, has started taking evidence. Witness statements given at the contaminated blood scandal i...

Damning investigation sees ‘dysfunctional’ maternity services placed into special measures by health minister

01.05.19: The health minister has placed Cwm Taf’s “dysfunctional” maternity services into special measures and imposed a number of conditions and oversight following the release of a “deeply saddening” and “extremely s...

Home care giant Four Seasons goes into administration

30.04.19: One of Britain’s largest care home groups has gone into administration, putting its 17,000 residents and 22,000 jobs at risk. Two of the holding companies behind Four Seasons Health Care have appointed administrators after struggling...

Police launch fresh criminal inquiry into Gosport hospital scandal

30.04.19: Police have launched a new full criminal investigation into the deaths of hundreds of patients at Gosport War Memorial Hospital. A public inquiry in June last year into over 800 deaths at the Gosport hospital found that more than 450 patien...

NHS told to reduce spending on breakfast meals through £420k savings initiative

29.04.19: The government has urged the NHS to reduce the amount of money it spends on food and drink, with a new initiative set to save £420,000 a year on breakfast products alone. By utilising the NHS Supply Chain and buying in bulk, health mi...

Private mental health group The Priory fined £300,000 over death of 14-year-old girl

17.04.19: Private mental health group The Priory healthcare group has been fined £300,000 for breaching health and safety laws following the death of 14-year-old Amy El-Keria. El-Keria was treated at Priory Group’s Ticehurst House psychia...

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Trust to remain in special measures and issued with second CQC warning notice despite improvements

15/05/2019Trust to remain in special measures and issued with second CQC warning notice despite improvements

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS FT (NNUH) is to remain in special measures and has received a second CQC warning notice despite the C... more >
London trust and CCG to appoint first joint leader in new shared working plans

15/05/2019London trust and CCG to appoint first joint leader in new shared working plans

A London trust and CCG have published new plans to increase the level of joint working between Croydon’s NHS services by appointing a new s... more >
NHS lost £212m from prescription fraud last year whilst 1.7m people wrongly fined, NAO finds

15/05/2019NHS lost £212m from prescription fraud last year whilst 1.7m people wrongly fined, NAO finds

Around 1.7 million fines have been wrongly handed out to patients and then overturned in the last five years, whilst the NHS also lost £212... 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 bey... more > more last word articles >

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System working in an uncertain world

09/05/2019System working in an uncertain world

What, exactly, is an integrated care system? Well, it’s unclear, writes Kacey Cogle, policy advisor at NHS Providers. On the NHS England website, integrated care systems (ICSs) are not clearly defined, referring to STPs (sustainability and transformation partnerships), the predecessor of ICSs, in the first few lines without clarity ... more >
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Turning blue lights green

11/04/2019Turning blue lights green

Polly Billington, director of UK100, a cities network that campaigns on environmental issues, argues that the NHS needs a national strategy for a... more >
Going back to school at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

10/04/2019Going back to school at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Steve Hams, director of quality and chief nurse at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (GHFT), demonstrates how cultural change has im... more >
How the new nursing associate role will break new ground

10/04/2019How the new nursing associate role will break new ground

Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, introduces us to the new nursing associate role, and how it’s set to complement the NHS L... more >
A smarter approach to tackling AMR

10/04/2019A smarter approach to tackling AMR

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is estimated to cause 700,000 deaths each year globally. This could rise to 10 million by 2050 if we do nothing. B... more >

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

24/10/2018How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

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

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 >

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