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 […]

Healthcare Roundup 9 March 2018

As the worst of the winter weather abated, NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens thanked NHS staff for their “heroic efforts” to keep services going. However, the annual staff survey revealed that one in four NHS staff has experienced pressure at work over the past year, and just one in three are now happy with […]

Healthcare Roundup 2 March 2018

Snow fell over many parts of Britain, putting the NHS under further pressure. As the weather worsened, the annual British Social Attitudes Survey reported that satisfaction with health services is at its lowest level for 30 years, with money and staffing particular concerns. Think-tanks and opposition politicians urged the government to put more money into […]

Healthcare Roundup 23 February 2018

The performance of the NHS in England came under renewed scrutiny, after NHS Improvement published its latest report, covering quarter three of the 2017-18 financial year. The financial performance of providers has worsened again, with the sector now predicting a £931 million deficit; against £500 million planned. News organisations also picked up on the headline […]

Healthcare Roundup 16 February 2018

It was a relatively quiet week on the healthcare news front, but specialist publications still reported on the ongoing financial and staff crises that are affecting the NHS. Dr Simon Eccles became the second NHS chief clinical information officer. NHS England stepped up its preparations for the 70th anniversary of the NHS in July. Also […]

Healthcare Roundup 9 February 2018

This week NHS England and NHS Improvement set out the plans for the upcoming financial year, with a push for even greater prominence of STPs and a rebrand of accountable care systems as integrated care systems. US President Donald Trump was rebuked for saying the NHS was going broke and not working, and there were […]

Healthcare Roundup 2 February 2018

NHS England announced that there will be a 12-week consultation on the creation of accountable care organisations, as a group of clinicians secured permission for a legal challenge to the government’s attempts to introduce them without passing new legislation in Parliament. NHS England argues ACOs are not new legal entities and will only be created […]

Healthcare Roundup 26 January 2018

The NHS was pulled back into the political battle over Brexit at the start of the week, when foreign secretary Boris Johnson revived claims that leaving the EU would deliver a ‘dividend’ that could be spent on the health service, and other ministers defending existing spending plans. Meanwhile, the Health Service Journal uncovered evidence that […]

Healthcare Roundup 19 January 2018

The start of the week saw managers scrambling to control the fall-out from the collapse of construction and outsourcing firm Carillion, while the end of the week brought another warning about the state of NHS finances, this time from England’s official government spending watchdog. A report found that the NHS 111 Online service is safe […]

Healthcare Roundup 5 January 2018

As the country returned to work after the Christmas and New Year break, papers and media outlets discovered that the festive season had been a busy one for the NHS, and that the service in England, Scotland and Wales was on the verge of a ‘winter crisis’. A lack of social care, beds and staff […]

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