Decision on Mid Staffs future funding delayed

The process for agreeing the future funding of services at the troubled Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust has been extended the healthcare regulator Monitor announced today (21 October 2013). Although Trust Special Administrators (TSAs) have completed their report and made recommendations as to how essential patient services should be funded in future, agreement between local commissioners, NHS England, University Hospitals of North Staffordshire NHS Trust and the NHS Trust Development Authority... Readmore

New report shows rise in NHS procedures carried out by private sector

The number of hospital procedures paid for by the NHS but carried out by the private sector has increased by nearly 11% over the space of a year, suggests a new report by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). The HSCIC report states that private providers treated 345,200 NHS elective admissions with a procedure3 in 2011/12, a 32,900 (10.5 per cent) increase on 2010/11. This private activity accounted for 4.3 per cent of all NHS elective admissions with a procedure in 2011/12... Readmore

UK Cancer research receives 19m ‘e-Health’ boost

London, Manchester, Dundee and Swansea are to be the locations of four Cancer Research Centres of Excellence under a new £19 million scheme to improve patient care and public health and keep the UK at the forefront of global medical research. Funded by government and charitable organisations, each location will have an 'e-Health research' Centre which will have researchers tasked with becoming experts at analysing UK health information  and how such data can be best utilised. The Centres... Readmore

BHF urges greater patient/pharmacist dialogue

One in three UK adults are unaware that their pharmacist can provide information on conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol according to figures released this week by the British Heart Foundation (BHF). Furthermore, the charity is urging a greater dialogue to be established between patients and pharmacists so that medication requirements are dealt with accurately and a high level of quality healthcare is reached and maintained. To this end, the BHF has launched a new campaign... Readmore

NPA launches flu vaccination programme for 2012 13

Pharmacists have been offered the opportunity to gain expert practical training as part of the National Pharmacy Association’s (NPA) flu vaccination programme for 2012-13. Launching the programme, Deborah Evans, Director of Pharmacy at the NPA, said: “It is important that pharmacists have face to face practical training from expert trainers to learn how to vaccinate, deal with anaphylaxis and perform resuscitation. “They can ask questions, practice their technique all under the watchful... Readmore

Private provider fined over safety failings

Private healthcare provider Nuffield Health has been fined for safety failings after an employee suffered a fractured kneecap at the Ipswich Hospital. Mrs Shelagh Allen was working in the clinic room of a ward at the Hospital on 5 May 2011 when the incident happened. Mrs Allen entered the room (which had just been wet-mopped) after completing a patient drugs round and fell badly on her right knee causing a multiple fracture of her kneecap. Her knee was operated on at the hospital that same... Readmore

Latest Evidence Update from NHS Evidence: Delirium

The latest Evidence Update from NHS Evidence (a service provided by NICE) which focuses on a summary of selected new evidence relevant to NICE clinical guideline 103 - Delirium: diagnosis, prevention and management(2010) - is now available. Evidence Updates do not replace current accredited guidance. However, they do highlight new evidence that might generate a future change in practice and provide a commentary on the potential impact. Evidence Updates from NHS Evidence seek to reduce the need... Readmore

Hinchingbrooke – Profit versus loss of a hospital

So, the moral of the story depends on who tells it. Circle saves local hospital and thousands of jobs from almost certain closure versus Circle circles like vultures waiting to grab the rich pickings of any operating surplus generated. What this dilemma raises is that we have a very uncomfortable relationship with the prospect of profit in a public sector services. The facts of the matter are these; Circle has a deal that means it must repay debt out of surplus and as part of that deal there is the provision... Readmore
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