“Substantial financial problems” are facing the NHS warns ex-NHS chief Nicholson

The former head of the NHS in England, Sir David Nicholson, has claimed that the fundamental financial problems facing the NHS are being ignored by political leaders in the election campaign in favour of discussions around expanding healthcare services. In a hard-hitting interview with the BBC, Mr Nicholson claimed that the NHS in England was storing up massive financial problems, a situation that is causing him “very great concern.” Offering a raft of statements, criticisms and recommendations,... Readmore

NHS England unveils its business plan for 2015/16 as Cameron pledges “seven-day NHS”

NHS England has published its business plan for 2015/16 which sets out ten priorities to improve quality and access to services for patients, drive better value for money and build the foundations for the future health and care system. The ten priorities are: (i) improving the quality of care and access to cancer treatment; (ii) upgrading the quality of care and access to mental health and dementia services; (iii) transforming care for people with learning disabilities; (iv) tackling obesity and preventing... Readmore

NHS England announces ‘vanguard’ health and social care sites to transform patient care

In a major new initiative designed to tackle the challenges set out in the Five Year Forward View, NHS England has announced 29 ‘vanguard’ sites across England that will take the lead in transforming standards of patient care. From April 2015, the vanguards – which involve nurses, doctors and other health and social care staff – will redesign care in their areas and unite home care, mental health and community nursing, GP services and hospitals for the first time since 1948. “The... Readmore

NHS trade unions accept pay offer and end strike threat

A threat of industrial action by NHS staff members was ended today following an agreement by unions to accept a pay proposal that was originally made by the Government in January. “This will be a huge relief for NHS organisations and for the thousands of patients and staff who were disrupted by industrial action”, said Danny Mortimer, chief executive of the NHS Employers organisation. “Employers do understand the anxieties of staff and urgently want to discuss sustainable ways to move... Readmore

Jeremy Hunt makes statement on NHS culture change and whistleblowing

The Secretary of State for Health, the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, has sent a message to all NHS staff concerning the issues of cultural change and whistleblowing.   Mr Hunt’s message falls on the same day as the publication of the Freedom to Speak Up report by Sir Robert Francis QC. The Secretary of State’s full statement is as follows: “Two years ago, Sir Robert Francis published his public inquiry report on the failures of care at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. His findings... Readmore
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