World Health Organization Calls for Global Accord on Hepatitis

The World Health Organisation is calling for developed nations to play a leading role in work on viral hepatitis. It is known that the disease is currently killing as many people globally as HIV and TB, with the death toll in 2015 reaching 1.34 million people. A new report confirms this figure, while also suggesting that an estimated 325 million people worldwide are living with chronic hepatitis caused by B or C virus infection. Although there are hepatitis vaccines and medicines available,... Readmore

Medical Charity Launches Campaign Against Government Guidance

A major medical charity has suggested that government guidance will effectively make doctors into border guards. Doctors of the World insist that Home Office plans to gain access to details of undocumented migrants who seek NHS treatment is placing unreasonable demands on GPs in particular. In order to challenge this policy, the organisation has recently collaborated with the human rights charity Liberty, along with the National AIDS Trust. The three parties have raised a petition aimed... Readmore

NHS Leaders Welcome Update to NHS Contract

GP leaders believe that an update to the standard NHS contract will have a positive effect on attempts to prevent hospitals from dumping work on GP surgeries. The new provisions in the contract could potentially save millions of appointments, easing the pressure on the beleaguered general practice system. Change to the contract have become operational from 1st April, with the aim of preventing hospitals from inappropriately transferring standard responsibilities to GP practices. Fit notes,... Readmore

NHS Publishes Annual Race Equality Report

A critical publication has reached the public domain, with the NHS releasing its second annual report into race equality. The Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) report is based on data submitted by providers of NHS-funded care, including both the voluntary and private sectors. Implementing the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) is a requirement for NHS commissioners and NHS provider organisations. The NHS Equality and Diversity Council announced on 31st July 2014 that it had agreed... Readmore

NHS Whistleblowers Reveal Problems with NHS Wake Up Calls

NHS whistleblowers have revealed some of the unenviable conditions currently common in hospitals, with patients commonly woken at 4:30 a.m. to be washed as staff simply do not have the time at any other point during the day. Elderly people are often left hungry at meal times as there is no one available in order to assist them with eating, while other patients moved to different wards in the middle of the night on a regular basis. All of the reports in question were delivered to the Care Quality... Readmore

Report Suggests Welsh Healthcare System Showing Positive Signs

The Chief Executive of the NHS in Wales believes that steady and sustained improvement is being made in the nation, according to a new report. Dr Andrew Goodall launched the Annual Quality Statement for NHS Wales with a positive message on progress in the healthcare system. This latest tome is intended to outline some of the improvements and innovations made in the health service over the last 12 months, but also outline potential areas for improvement. A new form of plastic surgery for lymphoedema... Readmore

Communities and Local Government Committee Promotes Major Social Care Reform

Major reform of social care funding and provision is needed, according to the Communities and Local Government Committee Select Committee. Both long term funding and serious threats to social care provision must be addressed, it is asserted by a report published by the committee. The report finds inadequate funding very seriously affects the quantity and quality of adult social care provision, impacting on those receiving care, the NHS, care staff, carers and providers. Consequently, a number... Readmore

NHS England Extends Remit of the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer

NHS England has extended the remit of the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer to two additional regulated professions. Since 1 April 2017, Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) and Osteopaths have joined the existing 12 health professionals currently within the remit of the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer at NHS England. This new representation will support wider professional engagement and shared working initiatives for NHS England and the 14 professions. This will involve... Readmore

House of Commons Health Committee Announces STP Inquiry

The House of Commons Health Committee is announcing an inquiry into sustainability and transformation plans (STPs). This follows the publication of the Next Steps on the NHS Forward View by NHS England. NHS England espouses the notion that STPs were initially “pragmatic vehicles for enabling health and care organisations within an area to chart their own way to keeping people healthier for longer, improving care, reducing health inequalities and managing their money, working jointly on behalf... Readmore

Welsh Government Refuses Health Board Bailout

The Welsh government has indicated that four struggling health boards will not receive any bailout money, despite the fact that their overall budget deficits will treble in size in due course. Collectively, the four boards in question are expected to accumulate a deficit of £146 million in the current fiscal year. Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (ABMU) has already publicly conceded that the financial position of the trust is extremely challenging. ABMU has stated that it is attempting... Readmore

Authorities Push for Concrete STP Progress

The government has called for sustainability and transformation programmes to demonstrate concrete progress, indicating that the scheme must deliver “the productivity and efficiency gains necessary to maintain financial balance”. 44 areas are currently involved in the STP process, and while there have been some positives there is also scepticism regarding the efficacy of the initiative. In the latest annual mandate to NHS England, the Department of Health outlined its desire for the sustainability... Readmore

Hunt to Announce Overhaul of NHS Litigation Authority

Jeremy Hunt has announced a major overhaul of the NHS Litigation Authority. The health secretary intends to reduce the number of clinical negligence cases, while enabling the healthcare system to improve understanding as well. A rebranding of the organisation will also take place, with NHS Resolution to be the new name of the authority from 1st April. More resources will also be invested in ensuring that maternity-related cases are dealt with earlier. Knowledge sharing and spreading best... Readmore
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