Healthcare Roundup 29 March 2019

Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock took a break from Brexit turmoil to give an interview to Conservative Home, in which he claimed the Conservatives were the original party of the NHS and the...

Healthcare Roundup 1 March 2019

The NHS Assembly came a step closer with the announcement of co-chairs. Reaction started to come in to the announcement of NHSX, as health and social care secretary Matt Hancock banned another ‘outdated’ technology –...

Health Chat with Roy Lilley and Matt Hancock

The inimitable health commentator interviewed the health and social care secretary at the end of January. Lyn Whitfield went to hear them discuss politics, NHS priorities, and what Hancock’s obvious interest in technology is likely...

Healthcare Roundup 20 December 2018

The long-term plan that is due to set out how the NHS’ 70th anniversary “birthday present” of £20 billion a year by 2023-4 will be spent has officially been delayed until the New Year. The...

Healthcare Roundup 7 December 2018

As Brexit turmoil in the government reached fever pitch, health and social care secretary Matt Hancock took time away from the Commons to deliver a speech on leadership in the NHS. Although the speech was...

Healthcare Roundup 23 November 2018

Prime minister Theresa May took time out from the Brexit negotiations to visit a health centre in London and announce that primary and community care’s share of the £20 billion a year NHS “birthday present”...

Healthcare Roundup 9 November 2018

Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock launched a prevention strategy that was immediately criticised for being overly focused on personal responsibility and for failing to address funding issues. Official figures showed that NHS performance...

Healthcare Roundup 19 October 2018

With the Budget due at the end of October, and the long-term plan for the NHS due shortly after, local health economies have been told to gear-up for another round of ‘transitional’ and five-year plan...

Healthcare Roundup 12 October 2018

The Care Quality Commission published its annual State of Care report, warning that some people face ‘care injustice’ because their hospitals, community services and care homes are all poor; leaving them unable to access quality...

Standards and deliver

New health and social care secretary Matt Hancock has promised that “interoperable data standards” will finally deliver integrated health and care IT systems. Yet standards are not new, and they are not the only thing...

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