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Nine in ten believe NHS ‘at risk of collapse’ if funding stays same in next five years

21.06.18: A massive 87% of the population is concerned that the NHS could be “at risk of collapse” in the next five years if current levels of government funding continues, a new survey has found. A new study by the Independent Health Pro...

NHS Digital launches Learning Disability Week

18.06.18: NHS Digital has highlighted key statistics associated with the health care of people with learning disabilities to mark the start of Learning Disability Week. The figures, which reveal gaps in health, were first published by NHS Digital in...

Waits for NHS treatment highest in 10 years

15.06.18: Over half a million patients are waiting more than 18 weeks for NHS treatment, new figures have revealed. NHS England’s ‘referral to treatment’ (RTT) statistics for April 2018, published today, show that 500,068 patients waite...

The impact of NICE on cardiovascular disease prevention

06.06.18: Professor Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive and director Health and Social Care at NICE, looks into what can be done to decrease cardiovascular disease nationally and how to prevent missed opportunities in the future. Cardiovascular dise...

Government backs trust decision to redevelop A&E rather than build new hospital

05.06.18: The government has said a petition calling for a new A&E hospital to be built for Watford, Hemel Hempstead, and St Albans, as opposed to developing the current Watford General Hospital (WGH), is a “a matter for local determination,&rdq...

Breast cancer screening blunder affected up to 174,000 women

05.06.18: Around 174,000 women were affected by the breast cancer screening invitation error, a new government update has suggested. Last month Hunt announced an independent review into the scandal that saw thousands of women aged between 68 and 71 fail...

Participants of parkrun to don NHS attire to celebrate its 70th birthday

04.06.18: More than 85,000 people are expected to celebrate the NHS’s 70th birthday by taking part in a parkrun UK event this Saturday. The event, which is the first of its kind, is backed by double Olympic gold medalist Dame Kelly Holmes, and will...

Post-Carillion Birmingham hospital delays set to cost eight-figure sum, trust boss says

01.06.18: Delays on the building of a new Midlands hospital due to the downfall of Carillion could bring the total cost into eight figures, the boss of an NHS trust has said. Progress on the building of the Midland Metropolitan Hospital in Smethwick...

NHS England announces £10m cash boost to keep GPs

30.05.18: NHS England will introduce a new £10m fund in an effort to prevent GPs from leaving the profession. The fund, announced today part of an NHS England initiative to attract GPs to practices and recruit 2000 GPs into the workforce by 202...

NHSI and NHSE merger plans mark ‘profound shift’ in management – with potentially big risks

25.05.18: NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSI) have announced plans to work closer together by establishing a new NHS Executive Group and an NHS Assembly, as well as aligning their current non-executive board committees – in a move that providers...

GPs rely on ‘opportunistic’ assessment for some conditions

22.05.18: The lack of an evidence-based screening programme for atrial fibrillation means that patients rely on GPs to “opportunistically check” a patient’s pulse, the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) has warned. Professor Helen Stokes-Lampa...

AI a ‘weapon’ against avoidable cancer deaths

21.05.18: Theresa May has called artificial intelligence (AI) a weapon in the fight against cancer. Speaking in Macclesfield yesterday, the prime minister challenged the NHS, AI sector and health charities to use data and AI to transform the diagnosis of...

Community services still ‘overstretched and underfunded’, despite promises

21.05.18: Promises to bring more patient care closer to home have fallen flat, according to a report by NHS Providers. Multiple national strategies have concluded that the NHS must do more to help people stay well in their own homes and communities, avoi...

UK risks being ‘second-tier state’ for drugs without post-Brexit EMA deal, MPs say

17.05.18: The government must “protect the UK’s status as a world leader for pharmaceuticals” in a future made uncertain by the ongoing Brexit negotiations, MPs have said today. A report released by the Business, Energy and Industri...

NHS Providers and Confederation join forces in new Community Network

14.05.18: NHS Providers and the NHS Confederation have joined forces to establish the Community Network. It is hoped that the network will be an influential voice for the community services sector, promoting for community services to play a leading role...

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Top NHS England boss to leave the organisation

22/06/2018Top NHS England boss to leave the organisation

NHS England’s chief financial officer will leave the post after 11 years. Paul Baumann CBE, who joined NHS London in 2007, and took up... more >
Most urgent primary care services ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’

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Over eight in 10 primary care services are providing good care, despite mounting work force and commissioning pressures, the CQC has said. A... 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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The impact of NICE on cardiovascular disease prevention

06/06/2018The impact of NICE on cardiovascular disease prevention

Professor Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive and director Health and Social Care at NICE, looks into what can be done to decrease cardiovascular disease nationally and how to prevent missed opportunities in the future. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) accounts for just over a quarter of deaths and affects around 7 million people in the UK. ... more >
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Getting more out of our medicines

20/06/2018Getting more out of our medicines

Paul Chrisp, programme director of medicines and technologies at NICE, describes how the organisation is re-purposing drugs in order to improve p... more >
Under attack

20/06/2018Under attack

One attack against an NHS worker is one too many. But unfortunately, the trend in recent years has been alarmingly upwards, with no part of the N... more >
Lessons from WannaCry

20/06/2018Lessons from WannaCry

Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, a member of the Public Accounts Committee, warns that the UK Government must take seriously the threat of a more soph... more >
A hostile environment

20/06/2018A hostile environment

Dr Terry John, chair of the BMA’s international committee, gives his thoughts on the government’s visa and immigration policy and its... 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

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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

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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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