Patient safety

Marx to lead gross negligence manslaughter review following Bawa-Garba case

23.02.18: Dame Clare Marx is to lead a review into how manslaughter by gross negligence is applied to medical practice, spanning every step of the process from local investigations post-incident to diversity matters, the GMC has announced. Marx, who is c...

Pressures ‘far from easing’ even as spring approaches

23.02.18: Pressures on the NHS are intensifying despite the country now approaching the end of winter, NHS Providers has warned. The comments come in response to NHS England’s latest winter situation report for last week, which reveals that almost...

‘Landmark report’ to seek more compassionate response to patient concerns

22.02.18: The government has ordered a review into how UK authorities respond to concerns about medical treatments. Speaking in the House of Commons yesterday, health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt said that the government will release a “la...

Winter pressures see delays in handover of almost 150,000 patients to A&E

19.02.18: Almost 150,000 ambulance patients have had to wait over half an hour before being admitted to A&E this winter, according to the latest figures from NHS England. This winter’s situation report shows that between 20 November 2017 and 11...

Wollaston: Brexit medicines contingency plan should be subject to public scrutiny

19.02.18: The chair of the Health Committee, Dr Sarah Wollaston, has written to Jeremy Hunt to stress the need for clarity on details of the government’s contingency planning to protect patients following Brexit. In her letter to the health and soc...

Lawyers face cap on costs in NHS clinical negligence cases

15.02.18: The government is to cap the costs that lawyers can recover in clinical negligence cases. The fixed recoverable costs scheme will be applied to all cases up to £25,000 and a working group will be put together to establish how the cap...

Kirkup: Critical widespread trust failures offer urgent lessons across the NHS

09.02.18: An independent review into the “widespread failings” of a community health trust has made a series of recommendations for NHS Improvement (NHSI), the CQC, NHS England, the Department of Health & Social Care and trusts. The revie...

‘Extremely challenging conditions’ as winter pressures highest since records began

08.02.18: The number of patients seen within four hours of A&E attendance has continued to decline, NHS England’s latest winter monitoring figures have revealed. The latest figures demonstrate just how difficult this winter has been for the NHS...

Getting it Right First Time programme must not be used as regulatory tool

08.02.18: Trusts across the country have argued for caution over the Getting it Right First Time (GIRFT) programme’s ambition to save £1.4bn a year by 2020-21. A new report, ‘The Getting it Right First Time programme: early views from t...

Hunt orders review into gross negligence manslaughter in healthcare

06.02.18: Jeremy Hunt has ordered an urgent review into how gross negligence manslaughter is applied in healthcare, amidst concerns over the Dr Bawa-Garba case. In 2015 Hadiza Bawa-Garba was found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence and suspended...

Thousands gather in London to protest deepening winter crisis

05.02.18: Protesters rallied in central London on Saturday to protest the NHS’ “worsening winter crisis.” Around 60,000 attended the event, called NHS in crisis - fix it now, organised by Health Campaigns Together and anti-austerity gr...

Major Manchester trust cancels operations due to burst water pipe

05.02.18: Four central Manchester hospitals have been forced to cancel operations due to problems with their water supply. Manchester University NHS FT issued a statement urging patients to stay away from the four sites unless there was an “urgent...

Almost 2,000 ‘high priority’ clinical correspondences left unprocessed

02.02.18: Around 2,000 high priority letters such as urgent test results and screening documents were not processed due to a mishandling of the documents in transit, an investigation has revealed. The report by the National Audit Office (NAO) reveals th...

RCGP: Patient safety ‘paramount’ in online GP consultation plans

30.01.18: Technology being used to take pressure off GPs such as through online consultations is welcome, as long as patient safety remains a key priority, GPs have said today. The statement comes following a study published in the Royal College of GPs&...

Dr Bawa-Garba case reveals ‘deeply concerning issues’ in NHS

29.01.18: The death of a six year old boy has highlighted a number of “deeply concerning issues,” the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges has said. The warning comes following last week’s High Court ruling, which saw Dr. Hadiza Bawa-Garba...

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Marx to lead gross negligence manslaughter review following Bawa-Garba case

23/02/2018Marx to lead gross negligence manslaughter review following Bawa-Garba case

Dame Clare Marx is to lead a review into how manslaughter by gross negligence is applied to medical practice, spanning every step of the process fr... more >
DHSC workforce consultation will inform joint health and care strategy due in summer

23/02/2018DHSC workforce consultation will inform joint health and care strategy due in summer

A consultation focusing on the adult social care workforce has been launched by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), in partnership wit... more >
Pressures ‘far from easing’ even as spring approaches

23/02/2018Pressures ‘far from easing’ even as spring approaches

Pressures on the NHS are intensifying despite the country now approaching the end of winter, NHS Providers has warned. The comments come in resp... 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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Trusts recognise the value of the GIRFT programme – but it must remain ‘quality first’

09/02/2018Trusts recognise the value of the GIRFT programme – but it must remain ‘quality first’

Cassandra Cameron, policy advisor at NHS Providers, says trusts must be given constructive support – without fear of failure – in order for the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme to succeed. The NHS GIRFT programme aims for better value in acute hospital and mental health care by using trusts’ clinical, operat... more >
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Celebrating 75 years of healthcare

14/02/2018Celebrating 75 years of healthcare

Julian Amey, chief executive of the Institute of Healthcare Engineering & Estate Management (IHEEM), outlines what the coming year holds for ... more >
The HSIB approach to maternity investigations

14/02/2018The HSIB approach to maternity investigations

Jane Rintoul, director of strategy and policy and programme director for maternity investigations at the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (... more >
Data saves lives

14/02/2018Data saves lives

Kuldeep Sohal, programme manager at Connected Yorkshire, part of Connected Health Cities, discusses how data sharing across the north is improvin... more >
Our work can help ease A&E pressures

09/02/2018Our work can help ease A&E pressures

Last year, NICE guidelines recommended that the NHS should provide more advanced paramedic practitioners (APPs) to relieve pressure on emergency ... more >

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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 >
Tackling infection prevention locally

04/10/2017Tackling infection prevention locally

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

02/10/2017Scan4Safety: benefits across the whole supply chain

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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