A new report comparing performance across high-income countries finds that the UK can and should do better in preventing unnecessary hospital admissions and improving survival from some of the biggest killer diseases – a conclusion endorsed by NHS Confederation chief executive, Rob Webster.
Published by the Nuffield Trust and the Health Foundation, ‘Focus on: international comparisons of healthcare quality’ is a comprehensive study of the quality of care in the UK health system and how it compares... Readmore
Deputy First Minister of Scotland John Swinney has confirmed that two multi-million pound health centre projects have been given the green light thanks to funding provided by the Scottish Government.
The two projects – the Clydebank Health Centre and the Greenock Health and Care Centre - will be funded as part of the Scottish Government’s £409m investment in the non-profit distributing (NPD) programme.
“I am delighted to announce that we are able to invest in new health centres in both... Readmore
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
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