Healthcare Roundup 13 October 2017

It was another gloomy news week for the NHS, with the Care Quality Commission warning in its annual State of Care report that the health and social care system was operating at “full stretch” and facing a “precarious” future, the Society for Acute Medicine warning that the health service is in for a tough winter, […]

Healthcare Roundup 6 October 2017

Prime minister Theresa May’s cough, prank and set-disaster afflicted speech to the Conservative Party conference promised a major overhaul of the mental health act; while the new chief inspector of hospitals warned that the NHS model of hospital-based care was “not fit for the 21st century.” In the US, the Food and Drug Administration piloted […]

Healthcare Roundup 29 September 2017

The Labour Party’s annual conference called for a cash injection for the NHS this winter, and an end to private finance initiative contracts. Meanwhile, think-tanks issued more warnings on the impact of reducing hospital bed numbers and Brexit. But at the UK Health Show, presenters outlined practical steps that are being taken by the NHS […]

Healthcare Roundup 22 September 2017

Last week, the Health and Care Expo was warned that the NHS could be in for a tough winter. This week, the health press reported that chief executives had been told in no uncertain terms that they had to get their A&E departments sorted out first; and their jobs would be on the line if […]

Healthcare Roundup 15 September 2017

The annual Health and Care Innovation Expo in Manchester produced a flurry of announcements, including the official launch of the NHS Digital Academy, 18 fast followers for the global digital exemplar programme, a new NHS app, and a reboot of the NHS’ controversial data lakes programme. Also, NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens put the […]

Healthcare Roundup 8 September 2017

Financial woes dominated news about the NHS this week; with NHS Providers warning that the health service is facing a winter crisis, NHS Improvement confirming that delayed discharges are up, and the Health Service Journal warning that a significant number of providers are already off track on their financial targets. In the middle of which, […]

Healthcare Roundup 1 September

The row between physicist Stephen Hawking and health secretary Jeremy Hunt over the future of the NHS continued for a second week, as the Nuffield Trust issued a report warning that trusts will need to make “eyewatering” savings to stand any chance of hitting their financial targets this year.

Jeremy Hunt

Healthcare Roundup 25 August 2017

This week a row erupted between physicist Stephen Hawking and health secretary Jeremy Hunt about the state of the NHS and whether the government wants to replace it with a “US-style insurance system”. As this played out in the papers, NHS England and Public Health England focused on public health, with announcements about healthy new […]

Healthcare Roundup 18 August 2017

There were some interesting electronic patient record developments in England, with Bolton NHS Foundation Trust confirming that it will implement Allscripts’ Sunrise Clinical Manager, and neighbouring global digital exemplar Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust saying it will move its Allscripts EPR to Microsoft Azure from next March. Microsoft also agreed a deal with NHS Digital […]

Healthcare Roundup 11 August 2017

In this edition, Keith McNeil has resigned to return to Australia, whilst Irish CIO Richard Corbridge is to move to Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Meanwhile, the NHS could save hundreds of millions of pounds by improving the level of care provided, reducing infection rates and optimising procurement, a report from the Getting It Right […]

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