Healthcare Roundup 5 July 2019

Local government and directors of social services attempted to get the social care crisis onto the public agenda, as surveys showed the impact of funding cuts and “fragile and failing” services on both local authorities...

Healthcare Roundup 28 June 2019

The Conservative Party leadership election continued and continued to focus on Brexit; as the British Medical Association warned that a no-deal exit from the EU could be disastrous for the NHS. Incoming NHSX chief executive...

Healthcare Roundup 21 June 2019

The NHS Confederation’s annual conference took place in Manchester. Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock was busy elsewhere, as the Conservative Party leadership race heated up; but think-tanks warned that whoever emerged in charge...

Healthcare Roundup 14 June 2019

London Tech Week generated a lot of health tech interest. TechUK launched healthtechUK with an event at which Hadley Beeman and Matthew Gould outlined their ambitions for NHSX. And the CogX festival of AI and...

Healthcare Roundup 7 June 2019

The NHS published an interim version of the NHS People Plan. Immediate action will be taken to recruit more nurses. Matthew Gould, the incoming chief executive of NHSX, wrote a blog about the NHS App....

Healthcare Roundup 31 May 2019

Matt Hancock gave a speech on the NHS and technology, in which he formally launched the GP IT Futures contract that will replace the GP Systems of Choice contract. He also renewed his commitment to...

Healthcare Roundup 24 May 2019

The Commons’ public accounts committee criticised the state of national screening programmes and warned that their IT was “unfit for purpose.” Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust announced that it was going to implement an electronic...

Healthcare Roundup 17 May 2019

The Department of Health published a heatwave plan, warning that climate change made it imperative to protect children, vulnerable and elderly people and to make sure the health and care system could cope. The Institute...

Healthcare Roundup 10 May 2019

Matthew Swindells, the deputy chief executive of NHS England, will leave in July. Swindells, who has a long history of interest in NHS IT, is going to contract for Accenture. His departure came as Richard...

Healthcare Roundup 3 May 2019

US digital doctor professor Robert Wachter gave an interview to Wired three years after he was asked to review NHS IT by former health secretary Jeremy Hunt. He identified cost, long-payback periods and privacy as...

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