The health impacts of the ‘cost of living crisis’ started to become apparent, with think-tanks and medical bodies calling for government action to address them. The government instead ditched parts of its policy to tackle obesity. Trusts seeing the impact of rocketing inflation on their budgets have been told to make extra savings to stay in balance.
But digitalhealth.net reported that there may be money to help all trusts get to HIMSS Level-5, with the least digitised getting most in a reversal of global digital exemplar policy. In other tech news, London decided to roll out the Ortus-iHealth platform to support cardiac patients on its waiting list.
NHS England figures show that the NHS is working harder than ever, yet ambulance waits, A&E pressures, and overall waiting lists continue to grow. In Scotland, a patient satisfaction survey has shown a drop in satisfaction, particularly with GP services; but health minister Humza Yousaf has warned that recovery will be a long job.
Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust is to extend the use of its Alcidion electronic patient record by deploying Miya Emergency in ED and Provation iPro in anaesthesia. And The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust has deployed the ICE sample collection module to improve the efficiency and safety of blood collection.