Healthcare Roundup 18 May 2018

It was e-Health Week in London this week, and Highland Marketing was at the show organised by HIMSS UK to hear Matthew Swindells urge trusts to sort out their ‘bog standard’ IT and get on top of the demand and scheduling agenda, Will Smart promise a HIMMS 7 trust by the end of the year, […]

Healthcare Roundup 11 May 2018

With the 70th anniversary of the NHS just two months away, think-tanks stepped up their inquiries into how it is coping. NHS Providers published a report looking at winter pressures that concluded more realistic projections of demand, more beds and more staff will be needed next year. While the King’s Fund published a report suggesting […]

Healthcare Roundup 4 May 2018

This week has been dominated by news of a long-standing error in the algorithm used to call some women for breast screening, which has led to around 450,000 women missing a final screen between the ages of 68 and 71, and 135-270 shortened lives. Health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt announced an inquiry into […]

Healthcare Roundup 29 April 2018

As its 70th anniversary draws closer, the first of a number of reports on the NHS’ future predicted that the health and social care system will need another £60 billion a year by 2030 – on top of reform to boost annual efficiency to 1.1%. The author of the IPPR report, Ara Darzi, Professor the […]

Healthcare Roundup 20 April 2018

A growing number of people around the world are living with multiple physical and mental conditions, often from a relatively young age, the Academy of Medical Sciences has warned. The Academy wants an agreed definition of multi-morbidity, and more research into the causes and clustering of conditions such as type 2 diabetes and depression, so […]

Healthcare Roundup 13 April 2018

The ongoing debate over NHS funding and performance was reignited by newspaper reporting of the British Social Attitudes Survey, which suggests that a majority of voters now back a tax increase for the NHS. Chris Hopson from NHS Providers said this was a “watershed moment.” Pressure groups also used this week’s NHS performance figures to […]

Healthcare Roundup

The NHS is looking at steps to close its gender pay gap, after finding that a disproportionate number of men hold senior and consultant roles and a disproportionate number of women are nurses and low-paid workers. The bonus gap at some trusts is eyewatering. In other data news, NHS England has concluded that some trusts […]

Healthcare Roundup 29 March 2018

The future of funding for the NHS was back in the news this week, as health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt and prime minister Theresa May both made public statements hinting at a long-term settlement to support planning for an aging population. Meanwhile, the public accounts committee warned the NHS was “in survival mode”. […]

Healthcare Roundup 23 March 2018

The government and unions unexpectedly reached agreement on a pay deal that will see staff given a pay rise of 6.5% over three years, with money weighted towards the bottom of the pay-scale and linked to a reform of the Agenda for Change pay bands. NHS England woke up to the problem of growing health […]

Healthcare Roundup

Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered a low-key spring statement in which he promised an improving economy and public finances, but no let-up on austerity. The BBC reported that ministers are, nonetheless, talking about finding more money for the NHS. While this was going on, the British Medical Journal published an editorial calling for an urgent inquiry […]

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