Artificial intelligence to help create automated virtual GPs to advise patients online in ground-breaking university partnership

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Orbital Media, digital and social specialists, and the University of Essex have today announced they are joining forces to use artificial intelligence to save the NHS millions of pounds per year by creating automated online GPs to revolutionise the way patients are treated. In partnership with Innovate UK, the project will exploit Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning technology to provide medically approved health advice to the...

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UK employees health and productivity

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

UK employees work some of the longest hours in Europe, but produce 30% less per hour than workers in France, Germany and the US (according to the London School of Economics). Low productivity has been a thorn in the side of successive Governments and predictions for any future change are pessimistic. Whatever form Brexit takes, it will further expose the UK to global competition and stark comparisons in areas like productivity. Looking from a...

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Expert comment on protection for NHS whistleblowing

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in NHS | 0 comments

Paula Kathrens, an employment specialist at law firm Blake Morgan, said: “Today’s consultation is good news for NHS staff and ultimately good news for the NHS and the public it serves. The health sector has one of the highest instances of whistleblowing reporting and currently the law does not protect job applicants who have blown the whistle in a previous employment. This is one area where the UK whistleblowing legislation differs...

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Cancer Research UK responds to NICE proposal of £20M impact test

Posted by on Mar 15, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Cancer Research UK is urging NICE to reconsider proposals to introduce a £20 million impact test on new drugs which include vital end-of-life medication. Presently the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) decides which medicines are good value for money for NHS England. The new proposals are to have an extra affordability test which could mean that from next month NHS England will be able to delay drugs if the total cost to...

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Health Conscious Brits shunning the Sunday roast

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in Public Health | 0 comments

The Great British Sunday roast could become a thing of the past as new research reveals Brits are ditching the family favorite in favor of quicker and healthier alternatives. A survey by 1,034 UK adults by appliances etailer, AppliancesDirect, found that just 11% now enjoy the British tradition every week. Just 1 in 10 now sit down for a Sunday roast every week Brits are put off by the 800 calories per serving For a health conscious 1 in 5 the...

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New figures reveal doubling of UK dementia researchers since 2008

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in Public Health | 0 comments

New analysis from Alzheimer’s Research UK has revealed that the number of dementia researchers working on the condition has almost doubled over six years. The charity’s report, published today (14 March) at their annual research conference in Aberdeen, highlights major improvements in the UK dementia research landscape as funding for research into the condition has increased. But while the gap between dementia and other disease areas has...

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Dr Linda says

Posted by on Mar 12, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Dr Linda Patterson OBE FRCP I’m Linda Patterson and I write about current issues in healthcare. To find out more of my background click here. I want to give a realistic commentary, based on my experience as a physician and leader in the UK NHS, having a wider system perspective . I want to avoid the “catastrophic ” and knee jerk oppositional  thinking which often characterises current debate. My  opinions are informed by my absolute commitment...

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