Huge Manchester Hospital Merger Set to Save £100 MIllion

A major merger of the two acute hospitals located in Manchester will save over £100 million by 2021 according to health leaders. Plans will see Central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust, University Hospital of South Manchester FT and North Manchester General Hospital merge. Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust is responsible for running the organisations, and the trusts suggest that efficiency savings can be made on workforce, back office and estates costs. While organisational... Readmore

New National Approval Requirements for the Closure of Beds Expected

The Chief Executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens, has outlined new national approval requirements for the closure of beds in the NHS. In a speech at a Nuffield Trust summit, Stevens announced that there will be three additional tests in order for any consultation involving the removal of hospital beds to be approved. The announcement is considered particularly important, as it proceeds next week's budget. NHS England has sought additional funds for social care and capital spending, but recent... Readmore

Union Critical of Virgin Care Decision in Lancashire

It has been announced that community health and urgent care services in West Lancashire will be taken over by a private provider from April 2017. Virgin Care will be replacing Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust in the borough. And local residents have already been assured by the native Clinical Commissioning Group that all services commissioned within this process will continue to be delivered as part of the NHS and will still be free. But the decision was met by outrage from West Lancashire... Readmore

European Union Rules Open Up £15 Billion NHS Contracts to Private Bidding

Private providers have been given the chance to bid for thousands of NHS services for the first time due to new European Union competition rules. While the recent Brexit decision has been largely condemned by health service sources, it could be suggested that this is the sort of decision which demonstrates that Brexit may not be all bad for the NHS. NHS England has published “prior information notices” for its specialised services contracts in the Official Journal of the European Union... Readmore

King’s Fund Calls for NHS Organisations to Develop Collaborative Relationships

The King's Fund believes that NHS organisations could make more effort to form collaborative relationships with both patients and communities, and has emphasised the importance of this as part of the NHS Five Year Forward View. Commenting on the implementation of this health service program, the authoritative think tank suggested that the NHS must step up his efforts to forge new relationships with patients and communities, which is a central pillar of the five-year transformation scheme. The Five... Readmore

Pharmacies at Risk Due to NHS Funding Cuts

A campaign group on behalf of pharmacies has suggested that thousands of small outlets are at risk of closure due to cuts instigated by the Department of Health. Pharmacy Voice, which represents High Street chemists, also asserts that community pharmacies play a vital role in reducing bottlenecking in the NHS. Without community pharmacies, it is believed by Pharmacy Voice that 25% of people would ultimately visit the local GP instead, creating further pressure on NHS services. But the government... Readmore

NHS England to Run New £46 Million Tender Scheme

NHS England will run a competitive tender for GPs and wider primary care organisations, in an attempt to ensure that the vulnerable practices receive improved support. The full details of the scheme will be revealed in June, after significant delays due to logistical reasons. Jeremy Hunt has already announced that £46 million will be invested in this GP reform initiative, which was announced for the first time in the health secretary's so-called 'new deal'. Hunt had already indicated that the programme... Readmore

Boots Chemist Faces Parliamentary Investigation Over NHS Prescriptions

The chemist chain Boots faces a major investigation from the pharmacy watchdog following allegations that it has significantly abused an NHS scheme in order to boost its profits. Boots is the biggest pharmacy chain in the UK, and is widely utilised by the British people in order to collect medicine. Reports indicate that the chain has ordered some of its staff to carry out medicine-use reviews for individuals who do not actually require them. And the General Medical Council has already indicated... Readmore

200 Hospital Beds Earmarked for Closure in Scottish Reshuffle

Lothian health bosses have earmarked more than 200 hospital beds for closure as part of a “recovery plan”. Details were revealed in a document entitled “Bridging the Gap”. The document was composed by the finance director of one of the biggest health boards in Scotland. Hospitals are identified as “business units” in the document, with a total of 224 beds apparently at “risk” of being eliminated from the health service in the next twelve months. Western General Hospital, the Royal... Readmore

Unite Union Criticises Government Position on NHS and TTIP

The largest trade union in Britain has criticised the claim that government officials were reluctant to put protections for the NHS into a controversial trans-Atlantic trade deal. Unite has been hugely opposed to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal between Europe and the US, and has particularly suggested that it poses a future to the public nature of the NHS. The union has been campaigning against the deal, and opined that the European commission deems the notion of excluding... Readmore

Mitie Secures Major Contract from NHS Property Services

A major facilities management company has secured a major contract worth more than £100 million from NHS Property Services. Mitie will offer facilities management services of mechanical and electrical and building fabric at locations across England. 31 lots had gone up for auction, and the Bristol-based business has secured 25 of these at the time of writing. A three-year contract has been agreed with NHS Property Services, and Mitie also has the option of extending the contract for a two-year... Readmore

Evidence that NHS is Increasingly Putting Profit Before Services Rife

NHS data would seem to suggest that profit is being prioritised over services to patients. Information indicates that there has been a surge in income from private patients over the past five years, and that this has correlated strongly with a general slump in standards. The aggregate income from private patients jumped by over £100 million in the last five years; a rise of nearly 50% in this decade alone. This information was acquired from a written parliamentary response by the Health... Readmore
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