Golden Jubilee National Hospital goes live with Patient Portal

A major Scottish health board has entered into a partnership with Orion Health. The Golden Jubilee National Hospital is piloting a Patient Portal from Orion Health, that could lead to improvements in the way it engages with patients. A national resource for Scotland, the Golden Jubilee is helping to redefine the concept of the public hospital, with a vision of “leading quality, research and innovation” for NHS Scotland. Initially, 40 pulmonary hypertensive patients attending the Scottish... Readmore

BMA Scotland Responds to Audit Scotland Report

BMA Scotland has responded to Audit Scotland report, 'NHS workforce planning’; a critical document outlining the future of the NHS in the nation. Chair of BMA Scotland Dr Peter Bennie suggested that the BMA’s view on staffing was vindicated by the document. “This latest report from Audit Scotland highlights what we have been saying for some time - there are serious workforce challenges facing the health service in Scotland which must be tackled by the Scottish Government as a matter of urgency.” Bennie... Readmore

All 999 Calls to be Subjected to Target Times

A new ambulance response system will see all 999 calls subjected to new target times. Plans announced by NHS England will ensure that the severity of patients' conditions will directly impact upon response from the emergency services. Call handlers will also be provided with more time in order to decipher what action is appropriate. And new targets for ambulances to deal with the most seriously ill patients will be brought in, with an average time of seven minutes set as a benchmark. Timing... Readmore

National Survey Indicates NHS Patients Positive About Cancer Care

An annual national survey indicates that key patient experiences of NHS cancer care improved over the past year. The National Cancer Patient Experience Survey 2016 asked people with cancer across England for their views on their care, with 72,788 responding. Asked to rate their care on a scale of zero (very poor) to 10 (very good), respondents gave an average rating of 8.74 (ie 87.4% favourable) a statistically significant increase on last year’s score. Patients also reported statistically... Readmore

Vautrey Elected Chair of BMA’s GP Committee

The well-known healthcare executive Dr Richard Vautrey has been elected chair of the BMA's GP committee for England and the UK. Leeds-based Vautrey will immediately begin working in his new position. Vautrey previously served as deputy under the previous two GPC UK chairs, after a prestigious career working within the General Practitioners Committee. Indeed, Vautrey has being a long-standing member of the organisation, and previously acted as the committee chair. This position became... Readmore

BMA Confirms Two Candidates for Chair Position

As the British Medical Association seeks a replacement for the outgoing GPC chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul, the organisation has confirmed that two candidates are currently being strongly considered. No further GPs have chosen to put themselves forward ahead of a major vote on the appointment. The two candidates understood to be vying for the post are current acting GPC chair Dr Richard Vautrey and current GPC executive team member Dr Mark Sanford-Wood, both of whom will be a extremely familiar to all healthcare... Readmore

Sarah Wollaston to be Re-elected Chair of the House of Commons Health Select Committee

Former GP Dr Sarah Wollaston MP will be re-elected chair of the House of Commons health select committee, according to media reports. The Conservative MP for Totnes, in Devon, was unopposed in the election to the position. It is expected that her appointment will be officially announced by the speaker of the House of Commons on Wednesday. Wollaston had assumed the position from former health secretary Stephen Dorrell in 2014 and was subsequently re-elected to the role after the 2015 general... Readmore

National Audit Office to Investigate Cyber Attack

In response to the recent cyber attack that targeted NHS organisations, the National Audit Office has announced that there will be a major investigation. The ransomware blight left many GP practices across the country struggling to deliver adequate patient care. LMCs called for compensation for surgeries affected, after the ransomware attack in May disrupted services and left practices facing a backlog predicted to last weeks. There have even been reports which suggest that some practices... 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

New Commercial Director Appointed at Department of Health

One of the leading experts in procurement has moved government departments in order to become the new commercial director at the Department of Health. Belinda Johnson had previously worked at a commercial director for the Department of Transport, but has now brought this five-year stay in this post to an end. The Department of Health has officially confirmed the appointment of Johnson, who is expected to bring a wealth of experience to the role. Indeed, the esteemed individual has already... Readmore

Pressures Facing Health Service Require Urgent Action Warns Scottish Health Leader

Politicians must rise above the current political instability and focus on what must be achieved in the health service if the NHS in Scotland is to flourish, BMA Scotland Peter Bennie has asserted. In his speech to the BMA’s annual representative meeting in Bournemouth, Bennie commented that the NHS in Scotland faces a challenging climate. "The health service is never out of the political spotlight. Over the past three years, the NHS has been front and centre in two referendums, the Scottish... Readmore
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