Healthcare Roundup 15 December 2017

As 2017 draws to a close, Highland Marketing has published a review of the major healthcare and IT events of the year. The review demonstrates the extent to which the debate over whether the NHS can be reformed to meet the pressures on it, or whether it simply needs more money, has dominated the year. […]

Healthcare Roundup 8 December 2017

As storm Caroline swept into the north of England and Scotland, the week’s healthcare news was dominated by debate about whether the NHS was ready for winter. An NHS Providers report confirmed that while it has done more planning than previously, it is still short of bed capacity, with many beds occupied by patients who […]

Healthcare Roundup – 1 December 2017

Last week’s Budget left the NHS without enough money to meet all the demands being made of it while also breaking even, NHS England’s board meeting was told on 30 November. Board members warned that “tricky decisions” will have to be made; and called for a public debate on what can be achieved. In other […]

Healthcare Roundup – 24 November 2017

The big news of the week was the Budget, which delivered more money for NHS winter pressures, the next two years, capital investment, and a pay-rise for Agenda for Change staff; but still disappointed think-tanks and senior figures. The immediate reaction to Phil Hammond’s speech was that the NHS will now need a serious conversation […]

Healthcare Roundup – 17 November 2017

After spending a frantic week covering pre-budget NHS funding scare and demand stories, it was a relatively quiet week for the health and tech press. However, NHS England confirmed that it had issued a prior information notice for a potentially market-shaping framework contract for analytics, consultancy, and technology for STPs and ACSs, and the submerged […]

Healthcare Roundup – 10 November 2017

With the Budget less than two weeks away, this week’s health news was dominated by NHS funding – or the lack of it. First, the NHS Confederation organised an open letter making a “last desperate plea” to Chancellor Philip Hammond to find more money for the NHS next year. Then, NHS England chief executive Simon […]

Healthcare Roundup – 3 November 2017

A row threatened to blow up between Westminster and Leeds this week over who should fund any pay increase triggered by the decision to drop the public sector pay cap. Health secretary Jeremy Hunt thinks the NHS should find the money from productivity increases; NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens thinks the government should stump […]

Healthcare Roundup 27 October 2017

Healthcare Roundup 27 October 2017

This week’s healthcare news became consumed by a wave of outrage over suggestions that the NHS might trial an Airbnb-type scheme for patients being discharged from hospital. Before that happened, Audit Scotland reported on the many problems of the NHS north of the border, Public Health England set up a Keep Antibiotics Working campaign, and […]

Healthcare Roundup 20 October 2017

In this week’s news, the BBC found the NHS across the UK is missing its targets, the Brexit Health Alliance worried about a no-deal Brexit, and the Lords worried about the impact of the GDPR on medical research. Judy Faulkner, the chief executive of Epic, dressed up as a wizard and called for EHRs to […]

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, […]

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