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Primary care merger for Greater Manchester halted after CCG leaders report a ‘lack of trust’

14.11.18: Plans to create a single primary care organisation for Greater Manchester have been halted after an independent review found “fierce criticism” of previous leadership and reported “anger,” “confusion” and a &l...

NHS Emergency care is now in ‘all year crisis,’ BMA warns

07.11.18: NHS emergency care services are struggling to cope with a “year-round crisis” which is damaging patient care, the British Medical Association (BMA) has warned. The BMA’s new analysis of NHS England data shows that emergenc...

People must take more responsibility for their own health to take strain off NHS, says Hancock

05.11.18: The health secretary has urged people to take more responsibility for managing their own health and improve their lifestyle choices in a speech launching plans to prevent ill health. Matt Hancock, speaking to the International Association o...

Scottish NHS found to be ‘not financially sustainable’ in damning audit report

25.10.18: Scotland’s NHS’s performance is “in decline” and needs to urgently move away from “short-term fire-fighting” in the battle against unsustainable funding, an official audit report has warned. Audit Scotlan...

Public Health England launches efficiency tool to target cost-effective CVD prevention

25.10.18: Public Health England (PHE) have unveiled a new return on investment (RoI) tool to help local commissioners decide the best cost-effective approach to prevent cardiovascular disease (CVD), one of the leading causes of death and disability in the...

Premature mortality is double in UK’s most deprived areas as new health study reveals worrying health inequality

25.10.18: The rates of premature mortality are two times higher in England’s most deprived areas compared to the most affluent areas, a new report analysing health standards locally and nationally has found. Rates of premature mortality were fo...

Public health services need £3.2bn funding to reverse impact of government cuts

24.10.18: An extra £3.2bn is needed each year to reverse the impact that government cuts to the public health grant has had on health services. The public health grant – which enables local authorities to deliver vital public services suc...

Brand-new children’s hospital for Leeds as £450m plan revealed

18.10.18: New plans for a “world-class” children’s hospital site and a second state-of-the-art adult hospital building have been revealed by Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust. The massive £450m plans are part of a major redeve...

Government questions whether scandal-hit waste company was ‘willing’ to pay for extra incinerator space

17.10.18: The government has rejected claims by the boss of a scandal-hit medical waste removal company that a lack of incinerator capacity led to the missing of disposal targets, and questioned whether the company was willing to pay for the extra capacit...

NHS waste scandal: Boss says company has been ‘vilified’ and denies mismanagement

12.10.18: The boss of the waste disposal company at the centre of an NHS scandal for stockpiling medical waste, including body parts, has told the BBC his company has been “vilified” and denied suggestions that it mismanaged its services. ...

The right culture is key to antimicrobial stewardship

11.10.18: Prof. Dilip Nathwani is a speaker at the Infection Prevention Society’s Infection Prevention Conference 2018, consultant in infectious diseases and honorary professor of infection at the University of Dundee, and past president of the...

‘Wake-up call’ for NHS: a quarter of million diabetes patients suffered medication error

08.10.18: More than a quarter of a million diabetes patients suffered a medication error in hospital last year, putting them at risk of “lasting harm or death,” a charity’s research has found. Research from Diabetes UK said that mor...

Tackling health inequalities through CVD prevention

26.09.18: Tackling preventable cardiovascular disease and ill-health is one of the most important things we can do to tackle health inequalities and protect our health and social care system, argues Professor Jamie Waterall, national lead for cardiovascul...

How are we faring in the fight against diabetes?

24.09.18: Almost 3.7 million people in the UK have been diagnosed with diabetes and a further 12.3 million are at increased risk of getting type 2 diabetes. Without the very best care, support and treatment, this fast growing health crisis is set to affec...

Partnership forged between pharma body and academic health network in new five-year deal

21.09.18: A new five-year partnership aimed at accelerating the introduction and uptake of transformative biomedical innovations in the NHS has been agreed today between two key bodies in the pharma sector. The Association of the British Pharmaceutic...

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Sir David Behan appointed new Health Education England chair

16/11/2018Sir David Behan appointed new Health Education England chair

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Breakthrough for GP at Hand app as safety constraints lifted by NHS England

16/11/2018Breakthrough for GP at Hand app as safety constraints lifted by NHS England

Restrictions on what types of patients are able to register on healthcare provider Babylon’s ‘GP at Hand’ app have been lifted ... more >
Capita could lose divisive cancer screening contract as part of major NHS England review

16/11/2018Capita could lose divisive cancer screening contract as part of major NHS England review

NHS bosses have announced a major overhaul of cancer screening programmes in the wake of the revelation that Capita failed to send almost 50,000 ... 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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More men please!

14/11/2018More men please!

Kirstie Stott, director of the Inspiring Leaders Network, flips the gender balance debate on its head and asks: why aren’t there more male nurses? As an advocate for gender equality, I was recently struck by the NHS Provider Board report from NHS Improvement, which is an interesting but not surprising read. As someone who stron... more >
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Data: the oil of the digital age

07/11/2018Data: the oil of the digital age

Adam Steventon, director of data analytics at the Health Foundation, reviews the government’s digital and data vision for the NHS. Dig... more >
The clinical voice at the heart of procurement

10/10/2018The clinical voice at the heart of procurement

Jo Gander, director of the Clinical and Product Assurance (CaPA) team, talks about their role as part of the new NHS Supply Chain. NHS Suppl... more >
Recoup and recover

10/10/2018Recoup and recover

The ease and round-the-clock nature of making cashless payments has transformed the way we pay for goods and services – and, from now on, t... more >
A push for digital in mental health

10/10/2018A push for digital in mental health

Sean Duggan, chief executive of NHS Confederation’s Mental Health Network, argues that mental health services could hugely benefit from dig... more >


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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