The Conservative Party was the last of the big parties to launch its manifesto for the 12 December general election. We have an exclusive analysis of all three major manifestos, focusing on what they have to say about the NHS and health tech.
The purdah regulations have all-but stopped the flow of health and IT news, but specialist sites have still managed to report on company product launches and NHS AI projects, including ANCILE Solutions’ decision to launch its uPerform content creation and in-app learning platform into the UK health sector.
The general election campaign continued, with the Liberal Democrats promising to raise an extra £7 billion a year for the NHS by putting a penny on income tax. Meanwhile, a leaked report suggested that Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust may have been the scene for the “largest maternity scandal in NHS history”; a story that is likely to evolve and throw a spotlight on NHS culture and safety practices next year.
NHSX, which is still looking for a chief technology officer, issued an ad for a new chief information officer, following Will Smart’s decision to take up a job with DXC Technology. Three mental health and community trusts announced electronic patient record procurements or go-lives; and more trusts did good things with apps.
The NHS published its “worst ever” performance against the four-hour A&E target, as the general election campaign continued, and winter arrived with snow falling on flood-hit parts of the north of England. The Labour Party promised to spend more on the NHS than the Conservatives if it was elected; although not significantly more.
Aspects of the NHS reform agenda stalled, with the head of DevoManc standing down and local NHS Long Term Plan implementation plans mothballed. Google found itself under investigation for slurping patient data in the US. But Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust officially opened its ground-breaking command centre.