NHS Hospitals Collect £120 Million from Parking Fees Amid Criticism

NHS hospitals have raked in vast amounts of money, according to media figures. Reports indicate hospitals in England collected more than £120 million last year. This is an increase of 5% on the previous year. Many have been critical of the amount of money patients and visitors are charged to park, but trusts have defended the charges, indicating that the money was put back into patient care or maintaining car parks. But the chief executive of the Patients Association has been critical... Readmore

Anonymous Whistleblower Outlines NHS Financial Pressures to MPs

In revelations that will shock both the health service and the government, a whistleblower has suggested that hospitals all over the NHS face pressure from regulators to fudge financial figures. With an increasing emphasis being placed on reducing deficits, a former finance director has suggested that numerous NHS institutions are effectively cooking their books. In anonymous evidence given to the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee, the finance chief told MPs that he and his colleagues... Readmore

New Class Brings Performing Arts to Bedside Manner

NHS staff are being encouraged to participate in performing arts classes in order to improve their bedside manner. A theatrical group, Clod Ensemble, is one of the organisations involved in choreographing meetings in London aimed at improving customer service in the NHS. The so-called Performing Medicine classes are intended to inject energy into the NHS, and provide employees with a fresh perspective on the health service. Studios and hospitals all over the UK benefit from classes and workshops,... Readmore

Corbyn and Cameron Clash as NHS Comes to Define Political Struggle

The final Prime Minister's Questions of 2015 is indicative of the political battleground that the NHS will be in the remainder of this parliament. Jeremy Corbyn blasted David Cameron over the looming winter crisis in the NHS during the PMQs session. Corbyn seems to have particularly focused on the NHS, both because he is committed to the future of the health service, and also because it provides fertile ground for political point scoring. The clashes in parliament comes after a report revealed... Readmore

Researchers Link Super-Strength Cannabis with Psychosis

Scientists at King's College London have found that smoking cannabis can cause significant brain damage. Researchers assessed the damage on brain functioning caused by particular variants of super-strength marijuana. The so-called 'skunk' version of the substance was found to damage the corpus calossum. This is the region of the brain that carries signals between the brain’s left and right sides. Researchers found that continually consuming the skunk variant of marijuana will lead to an increased... Readmore

Allied Health Professionals Urged to Enter Innovation Awards

Healthcare professionals are being encouraged to enter this year’s NHS Innovation Challenge Prizes. This competition is intended to recognise and reward frontline innovation and the adoption of such innovations across the NHS. In its short five-year history, the NHS Innovation Challenge Prizes have played a role in identifying useful innovations within the health service, spreading across the country. The competition is also intended to generally promote a culture of invention, and to demonstrate... Readmore

Major International Dementia Conference to be Held in Birmingham

A major international conference tackling dementia will take place at Birmingham in November. Held between 3rd and 4th November, 2015 at the Vox Centre, the International Dementia Conference will bring together leading medical figures from around the globe. In addition, attendees from a variety of different industry backgrounds will be on hand in order to learn and share ideas on the best ways to tackle this global issue. Issues facing managers in the NHS, care homes, social care and housing providers... Readmore

Unite Union Calls Conference to Discuss Future of the NHS

The Unite trade union has announced what it has described as “a key conference” to discuss the existing state of the NHS. A particular subject of the conference will be what Unite deems to be the “right-wing ideological tide that is engulfing” the health service. This open discussion forum in London comes at a time when there is a political schism occurring in Great Britain. The new direction of the Labour party under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn will likely contrast significantly with... Readmore

October Royal Society of Medicine Meetings Informative and Varied

The October meetings for the Royal Society of Medicine will see a wide variety of topics explored. A session on anaesthesia will get the month underway, with an exploration of ketamine central to discussion. This drug has been in the news recently owing to its apparent depression-treating properties. The ‘Anaesthesia Section’ will be held on Friday 2nd October, with registration at 9:30. Professor Valerie Curran, professor of psychology at the University College London, will open the meeting,... Readmore

British Geriatrics Society to Join Forces with Doctors.net.uk

The British Geriatrics Society has announced a collaboration with Doctors.net.uk that will see the two join forces in an attempt to improve the care of older patients. Doctors.net.uk is a website that should be familiar to most healthcare professionals, as it is currently used by around 90 per cent of UK doctors. The website provides members with a range of services such as educational CPD modules. As Britain develops a more ‘greying’ population in the coming years, it is naturally expected... Readmore

Prof Stephen Hawking to Open Cambridge Rare Disease Summit

It has been announced that Professor Stephen Hawking will open a Cambridge summit on rare diseases. The inaugural Cambridge Rare Disease Summit, at the Cambridge Judge Business School, will take place on Monday 14th September. Hawking will be in attendance to speak to attendees, as the lead-up to ‘Jeans for Genes Day’, annual fundraising event, continues. The infamous professor will be just one of the keynote speakers appearing on the day. As well as Professor Hawking, keynote speakers will... Readmore

Royal Society of Medicine Conference to Address School Sports Injuries

The Royal Society of Medicine has confirmed a conference programme aimed at reducing injuries in sport played at schools across the UK. Tackling school sports injury will take place on Monday 14th September at the Royal Society of Medicine in London. The conference has attracted a panel of prestigious speakers, who will gather at the headquarters of the Royal Society of Medicine to discuss their areas of expertise. Focus will particularly be placed on childhood injury resulting from sport participation,... Readmore
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