Health and social care leaders are to announce detailed plans that will improve services for patients by “making better use of technology” that will increase transparency across more services and ultimately save money.
The plans, which have been designed to build on the successes of the last 12 months which have seen 97 percent of GP practices offering patients the chance to book appointments, order repeat prescriptions and view a summary of their GP records online, commit to giving patients... Readmore
In a far-reaching speech made today in the West Midlands, NHS Chief Executive Simon Stevens set out his vision for the NHS.
Mr Stevens said: “Last Autumn the Health Service came together to chart a shared direction for our country’s NHS. Patients groups, caring professionals, national leaders - uniting behind the NHS’ own ‘manifesto’ for the next five years.
It’s a plan for better health, more personalised care, and a financially sustainable Health Service. An NHS which at all times... Readmore
Today’s speech by Prime Minister David Cameron which included commitments to extra NHS funding, seven-day services and an increase in the number of GPs has been welcomed by healthcare leaders.
Rob Webster, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said: “The Prime Minister’s backing for the Five Year Forward View and his personal commitment to the NHS are very welcome. He clearly recognises the shared leadership and tough decisions that are needed if we are to transform care over the next... Readmore
GPs are calling for cuts in red tape to free up more time for patient care according to a BMA survey published today.
The survey found that more than half of GPs – those with unmanageable workloads in particular - want a reduction in the size of the quality and outcomes framework (QOF).
The survey also found that: (i) just under three-quarters (73 percent) of GPs support the continuation of a national GMS (general medical services) contract; (ii) 47 percent support having the option of a local... Readmore
An analysis of general practice prescriptions from England and Wales has found that the total cost to the NHS rose from £8.91bn in 2013 to £9.16bn in 2014.
This 2.9% increase, which far exceeded the 2014 inflation of 0.5%, is set out in a new report: ‘General Practice Prescribing Trends in England & Wales, 2014 Annual Review.’
The report also highlights that here were large regional variations in the cost of prescription per registered patient. The highest cost per registered patient... Readmore
More than 15,500 UK GPs believe their heavy workload is having a “negative impact” on the quality of patient care according to a British Medical Association (BMA) survey published today.
“This poll highlights that GPs’ ability to care for patients is being seriously undermined by escalating workload, inadequate resourcing and unnecessary paperwork”, said BMA GPs committee chair Chaand Nagpaul.
“Many GPs do not feel they have enough time to spend with their patients and that these... Readmore
Increasing numbers of new medicines in Europe are causing affordability issues for governments according to a new study released today by the WHO Regional Office for Europe.
The WHO study demonstrates the extent of the problem by highlighting the fact that few countries in the WHO European Region have structures in place to evaluate the cost–effectiveness of new drugs, which in turn impacts the value assessment and decision-making process.
The report, ‘Access to new medicines in Europe:... Readmore