The government introduced its NHS Long Term Plan Funding Bill to Parliament. The bill enshrines existing NHS funding increases in law; but only in cash terms, and without any protection for inflation. Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock also floated the idea of scrapping the four-hour A&E target following dire figures that showed the NHS is nowhere near meeting it.
North Bristol NHS Foundation Trust announced that it was going to try its third electronic patient record vendor in a decade, this time going with System C. And a handful of trusts announced app deployments.
The working week started up again after the Christmas break, and health and social care secretary Matt Hancock said the government would spend £40 million to make it just a little bit nicer for NHS staff, by sorting out login issues. Simon Stevens was knighted in the New Year honours.
Bolton NHS Foundation Trust confirmed its extensive and successful go-live with the Allscripts Sunrise electronic patient record, while two trusts signed with Cerner for a joint EPR project. Also this week: read what our chief executive, Mark Venables, thinks that 2020 will bring for the UK health tech sector, and what it will mean for communications, marketing and PR in the coming year.
Boris Johnson was back in Number 10 Downing Street. The returning prime minister didn’t hold a Cabinet reshuffle, so Matt Hancock was also back at the Department of Health and Social Care. In a speech to the Policy Exchange think-tank, he reiterated his commitment to technology. He also hinted at a “digital aspirant” programme for non-global digital exemplar trusts.
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust pursued its own digital aspirations by going live with the Allscripts Sunrise electronic patient record. Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust became the latest to sign up for Alcidion’s Patientrack. And everybody prepared for a well-earned holiday season.