Healthcare Roundup 6 July 2018

The NHS turned 70, and the press used the occasion to look back over its past and celebrate its achievements. The anniversary itself was marked by church services, the blue-lighting of public buildings, and fund-raising tea parties. NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens also sent the service a message of congratulation, thanking its “brilliant” staff. […]

Healthcare Roundup 29 June 2018

A week after Theresa May made her big announcement that NHS funding will increase by £20 million a year by 2023, four major think-tanks published an assessment of how good the health service is at the moment. The Institute for Fiscal Studies, King’s Fund, Nuffield Trust and Health Foundation concluded that the NHS does well […]

Healthcare Roundup 22 June 2018

The big news of the week came at the weekend, when prime minister Theresa May announced a £20 billion a year funding boost for the NHS by 2023. She also hinted that this would be part-paid for by a “Brexit dividend” – although think-tanks and her own chancellor said taxes would have to rise. Highland […]

NHS70 lights at Confed18

Healthcare Roundup 15 June 2018

Top policy makers and managers met at the annual NHS Confederation conference in Manchester, where NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens dropped strong hints that the NHS would get more money to mark its 70th anniversary in July, but many speakers stressed that this would not allow it to take its foot off the reform […]

Jeremy Hunt

Healthcare Roundup 8 June 2018

Jeremy Hunt became England’s longest serving health secretary at the start of the week, prompting a spate of reviews of his time in office. Overall, the media gave him positive marks for focusing on safety, for securing additional funding for the health service, and for working effectively with senior managers to recover from the Lansley […]

Healthcare Roundup 1 June 2018

SUMMARY The week’s NHS news was dominated, once again, by reports on its financial situation and performance. NHS Improvement confirmed that the English acute sector finished the last financial year £1 billion in deficit – £500 million more than planned – despite being given £1.8 billion from the sustainability and transformation fund at the start […]

Healthcare Roundup 24 May 2018

The government is thinking of giving the NHS a “birthday present” for its 70th anniversary; but the Institute for Fiscal Studies has issued a report this week saying that it will need to be a generous and long-lasting one. The IFS, working with the Health Foundation and the NHS Confederation, has calculated that the health […]

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 […]

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