NHS Should Receive More Money After Public Sector Pay Cap Scrapped

The Chief Executive of NHS Improvement has suggested that the health service should be granted more funding if the government indeed decides to scrap the public sector pay cap. This has been a hot potato issue over the last few days, with the Labour party led by Jeremy Corbyn calling for more pay for public sector workers. And Jim Mackey, speaking at the Patient Safety Congress in Manchester, suggested that it would be impossible for the NHS to deliver efficiency savings that would match the funding... Readmore

UK will Continue Medicine Cooperation with EU Senior Ministers Assert

Two senior government ministers have suggested that the United Kingdom will continue to cooperate with the European Union about the recent Brexit decision. Business Secretary Greg Clark and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt indicated their belief that this deal would be “in the interests of public health and safety”. Writing to the Financial Times, the duo indicated that “the UK would like to find a way to continue to collaborate with the EU”. Among the concerns following the recent Brexit... Readmore

NHS England and NHS Improvement Appoint Joint Regional Directors

NHS England and NHS Improvement have appointed joint regional directors. The thinking behind this is to pilot the concept of a more integrated approach between the two critical healthcare organisations. Under the new arrangement, a joint director for the South East and South West have been appointed. Anne Eden, currently NHSI’s regional managing director for the South and Jennifer Howells, who is currently NHS England’s regional director for the South West and its interim for the South... Readmore

NHS Illegally Handed Google Patient Data

The NHS data watchdog has discovered that the NHS has illegally handed patient data to Google. This information relates to over 1.5 million people, after the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust in London "failed" to comply with data protection rules. Such reports will be of particular concern to those who criticised the NHS collaboration with Google in the first place. Many believe that it was inappropriate for the healthcare authorities to agree this deal, and that it will have massive privacy... Readmore

NHS Makes Record Antidepressants Prescriptions

Official figures indicate that the NHS prescribed a record number of antidepressants over the last 12 months, indicative of a general upward trend in the prescription of these pills. Antidepressants can often be controversial, particularly as it can be difficult for those taking them to cease the medicinal programme. And the figures raise questions regarding whether doctors are distributing antidepressants too lightly. The data could also be interpreted as indicative of the growing psychological... Readmore

£48 Million Out of Hours Contract Awarded

A £48 million contract for out of hours GP and 111 services has been awarded to a consortium of public and private providers, including an acute trust, by commissioners in the Cornwall region. The contract has been handed to Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, Kernow Health Community Interest Company and Vocare, as decreed by Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group. Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly will be covered by the new contract, with a population of 550,000 people resident in the region. The... Readmore

Three Trusts in West Midlands Set to Merge

Three trusts in the West Midlands will merge to create one of the largest mental health and community trusts in England. Birmingham Community Healthcare Foundation Trust has confirmed that it will join together with Black Country Partnership FT and Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Trust by October. Tracy Taylor has already been named as the chief executive of the new trust, having been appointed back in June. It was noted at this time that Birmingham Community and the Black Country Partnership... Readmore

BMA to Debate Whether Government has Deliberately Created NHS Crisis

As the climate in the NHS continues to deteriorate, the British Medical Association will debate whether the current crisis in the NHS has been created deliberately by the government. The hypothesis debated by the authoritative healthcare organisation is that the authorities have created the existing situation in order to justify an ulterior transformation and privatisation agenda. In order to discuss the matter, NHS representatives from across the UK will gather in Bournemouth on Monday for the BMA’s... Readmore

NHS England Outlines Extent of Vulnerable Practice Programme

NHS England has stated that just over 2,000 practices in England have received money, support or both under the practice resilience programme and its predecessor the vulnerable practice programme. NHS England’s head of general practice development Dr Robert Varnam has conceded that the performance of the vulnerable practice scheme has been rather disappointing in much of the country. But Varnam also asserted that money, resources and support were beginning to filter through to practices,... Readmore

Massive Increase in Spending Required to Avoid Major Cyber Attack

An expert on cyber security has warned that the Scottish government must spend significantly more if unavoidable cyber attacks on NHS computer systems are to be avoided. The comments of Prof Bill Buchanan follow a ransomware attack on 11 health boards in Scotland last month. This so-called WannaCry attack also impacted on computer systems worldwide. Buchanan believes that this incident should be considered a wake-up call to the government and health authorities. While ransomware is a serious... Readmore

New Interim National Patient Safety Director for England Unveiled

Senior NHS England clinician Celia Ingham Clark has been appointed as interim national patient safety director for England. This new role will effectively be a joint appointments across both NHS in England and NHS Improvement, providing Clark with a joined-up and collaborative role. The eminent professional previously worked as the national director for reducing premature deaths at NHS England. Clark will replace Mike Durkin, who had stepped down after five years in the job at the end of May. The... Readmore

London Healthcare System Set for Unprecedented Cuts

Plans for the London region will see unprecedented cuts made to health spending in England's capital city. Media reports have suggested that this will result in patients being denied treatment, while waiting times for operations may also be extended. There is even the possibility of Accident and Emergency and maternity units being closed down under the secret scheme. The news came to light after an internal NHS document was leaked to The Guardian newspaper. According to the text of the document,... Readmore
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