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Britain ‘a long way short’ of developed countries on infant mortality and childhood obesity

15.03.18: The UK is lagging behind peers in child health, according to new research by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The research is the first ever international analysis to look at UK child health measures over time and has revealed that hea...

Norovirus closed equivalent of two hospitals in one day this winter

08.03.18: Norovirus, diarrhoea and vomiting have closed over 75,000 hospital beds in England this winter, according to the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). With an average of 5,722 bed closures each week, this winter has seen a 32% increase in bed closure...

Consultation into vaccine cost-effectiveness launched after long delayed CEMIPP publication

27.02.18: A consultation has been launched into the cost effectiveness of immunisations, the Department of Health and Social care has announced. The 12-week consultation will seek views on the recommendations made in the ‘Cost-effectiveness methodo...

RCGP: Antibiotic resistance is not solely the responsibility of GPs

27.02.18: Antibiotic prescription figures must not be used as “an excuse to criticise GPs,” the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) has warned today. The remarks come following the publication of Public Health England’s (PHE’s) report, &l...

RCGP: ‘Ethically questionable’ referral management centres ‘prioritise savings over care’

26.02.18: Referral management centres should not be introduced at all, but where they already exist they must demonstrate that they are safe for patients and cost-effective for the NHS, the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) has warned today. In a report, the r...

Social prescribing ‘must not be seen as alternative to GP investment’

22.02.18: Social prescribing schemes must not be seen as an alternative to investing in GP services, the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) has argued. Chair of the college, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, welcomed schemes across the country where organisations...

Doctors warn of risk posed to patients by shared GP appointments

12.02.18: The Royal College of GPs (RCGP) has expressed concern at the prospect of shared GP appointments. In this style of appointments, patients with the same health problems, such as arthritis, will be seen as a group by GPs in a bid to cut the pr...

Meningitis charity raises ‘real concerns’ about NHS England campaign

12.02.18: A meningitis charity has criticised an NHS campaign that urges parents to treat their local pharmacist as their first port of call for minor illnesses in their children. Meningitis Now said that it had “real concerns” that NHS E...

NNHSA: Calling for a new focus on wellness

07.02.18: Dr Brian Fisher MBE, vice-chair of the New NHS Alliance (NNHSA), looks back at the organisation’s action summit – an event known for generating disruptive ideas that are catalysts for real change. On 6 December 2017, the NNHSA h...

Splitting GP services up for different patient groups could negatively affect quality of care

06.02.18: Initiatives offering faster access to GPs may undermine doctors' ability to keep people out of hospital, a report has warned. The report, ‘Divided we fall: getting the best out of general practice,’ by the Nuffield Trust, calls on p...

Move to US-style healthcare through ACOs ‘deeply unpopular’ with public

01.02.18: A move to a ‘US-style’ healthcare system which would involve the private sector through schemes like accountable care organisations (ACOs) would be “deeply unpopular” with the public, an analysis by the King’s Fund ha...

Thousands of cancer patients received treatment sooner under new drugs fund

29.01.18: Thousands of cancer patients have benefited from the new Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF), NHS England has reported. The new fund, which is expected to release at least £140m into the NHS, has given cancer patients speedy access to new and innovat...

Brexit could affect thousands of patients as access to medicines reduce

29.01.18: Brexit could have “serious implications” for patients’ access to medicines, the Brexit Health Alliance has warned. In a paper published today, the alliance has called on negotiators on both sides of the table to put patients f...

Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

24.01.18: The NHS plays a part in the country’s wellness – but it’s far from being all that matters. Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Public Health England (PHE), lays bare to NHE’s Luana Salles his views on what truly matters to...

NHF: STPs must collaborate with housing associations to ensure success

18.01.18: Sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) will fail if they do not engage with key organisations like housing associations and work to improve the quality of patient’s homes, the boss of a leading housing organisation has warne...

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BMA and DHSC agree new £256m deal for GP contracts

20/03/2018BMA and DHSC agree new £256m deal for GP contracts

The BMA have come to a deal with NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) on the next contract terms for GPs, which will a... more >
NHS England could delay rollout of digital GP app

20/03/2018NHS England could delay rollout of digital GP app

The NHS is to commission an independent review of the innovative GP at Hand app. The app, run by health provider, Babylon, allows patients to ha... more >
Retention of doctors needs equal focus to new university places to meet doctor shortage

20/03/2018Retention of doctors needs equal focus to new university places to meet doctor shortage

New medical schools will not tackle the immediate shortage of NHS doctors, the BMA has warned. The comments come in response to the Department o... 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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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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International Women’s Day: time for change in gender pay

08/03/2018International Women’s Day: time for change in gender pay

Dean Royles, director of human resources and organisational development at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, analyses the latest gender pay gap report released by trusts in Yorkshire. Today, 8 March, is International Women’s Day – a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day ... more >
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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 >
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 >
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 >


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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