Major Teaching Hospital Needs Rebuild After Fire Problems

Remedial building work is being conducted at one of the most prominent teaching hospitals in the country after it was discovered that builders had failed to follow safety specifications adequately. University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire Trust was constructed following one of the largest private finance initiatives agreed by the British government, but is currently experiencing some severe difficulties. It has been reported that the trust had already raised concerns with the provider... Readmore

Six-Month Waits for Surgery Triple in Four Years

The Royal College of Surgeons has stated that the number of patients waiting at least six months for surgery has increased by 300% over the last four years. Over 130,000 patients were forced to wait in excess of half a year for an operation in March, which compares with just 45,000 in March 2013. Nonetheless, although this can be considered worrying data, it should be pointed out that 90% of patients were still treated within 18 weeks. Responding to criticism, a spokeswoman for NHS England... Readmore

New Mental Health Alliance Created in South London

A new contract has been initiated in south London with the aim of revolutionising adult mental health services. South London commissioners have signed off a £650 million deal over the next 10 years, intended to achieve efficiency savings of approximately 10%. Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group and Lambeth council will now begin the process of identifying suitable providers. Those selected will be required to create an alliance, and then coordinate and deliver support and services for those... Readmore

£100 Million Compensation Bill for North East NHS Over Last Two Years

The compensation bill for mistakes in the NHS in the north east reached over £100 million over the last two years, according to official data. Figures indicate that clinical negligence claims reached a total of £108,367,7062 in 2014/15 and 2015/16. This represents a significant rise over the £78 million that was paid out over the two previous financial years. Hospital leaders responded to the figures by stating that the complex medical cases that the north east NHS region has been forced... Readmore

BMA Leaders Provide Warning for Theresa May

BMA leaders have warned the government that it must put the NHS at the forefront of campaigning for the forthcoming general election. Dr Mark Porter, the chair of the British Medical Association, warned that the NHS faces being marginalised by the focus on Brexit. “Health is always one of the most important issues for the people of this country and with the NHS at breaking point, having been put through one of the worst winters on record, it must be a central issue in the upcoming election.... Readmore

Local Commissioners Set to be Scrutinised by National Officials

NHS England has warned local commissioners that offer providers extra income in order to deliver financial targets that they could be personally scrutinised by national officials. In announcing this intention, NHS England hopes to ensure that the NHS system operates more prudently. And reports have indicated that discretionary payments have already been discussed between trusts and clinical commissioning groups, with the hope of ensuring sustainability and transformation funding is delivered. Extra... 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

New NHS Reforms Outlined by NHS England

NHS England has outlined a raft of measures intended to ensure that the healthcare system deliers high quality GP services for patients and staff in the next two years. The healthcare body stated that the measure effectively reaffirms its commitment to transforming primary care and general practice. Reforms set out in the General Practice Forward View one year ago will now come into force. And NHS England has announced this approach at a time when the organisation is ready to set out its delivery... Readmore

NHS England Announces New Bed Funding

NHS England has announced the next steps in its initiative to ensure that children and young people don’t have to travel far from home for mental health care, funding between 150-180 new beds. The increase will be focused on those who are most unwell, be dependent on need and placed in under-served parts of the country. It is a stated priority of the NHS to stop children and young people reaching crisis point by diagnosing and treating them at the earliest opportunity. And the number receiving... Readmore

Health Systems to be Judged on Growth in Emergency Admissions and Bed Days

NHS England has announced a new scheme that will hold healthcare systems to account based on growth in emergency admissions and bad days. The new approach will assess how well the growth in these critical aspects of the healthcare system can be contained, with the assessment taking place over a two-year period. Simon Stevens suggested that this new initiative is critical to the success of the sustainability and transformation program. “The level of emergency admissions will be a key new metric... Readmore

NHS England to Launch New Nursing Training Programme

As concerns grow over nursing shortages caused by Brexit, NHS England has announced a new training program with the intention of addressing the situation. The Chief Executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens, has already conceded that the healthcare system is hugely reliant on international professionals. This includes around 12,000 nurses who are EU nationals, a significant proportion of the 350,000 total nurses on the NHS payroll. Speaking to the BBC, Stevens asserted that the training program... Readmore

Clinical Commissioning Group Placed Under Legal Directions by NHS England

NHS England has placed a clinical commissioning group under legal directions following an unprecedented £27 million overspend. NHS England pointed to “serious performance, planning, financial and leadership weaknesses” at Coastal West Sussex CCG that have necessitated the decision. The clinical commissioning group will now be required to conduct a governance review, a capacity and capability action plan, while also developing a recovery plan. Coastal West Sussex CCG had been required... Readmore
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