Meltdown and Spectre – the newest vulnerabilities to affect the health industry

Posted by on Feb 17, 2018 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

In January 2018, the cybersecurity world was hit by two Intel vulnerabilities, Meltdown and Spectre, affecting a substantial number of the world’s computer processors designed by Intel, AMD and ARM. From smartphones to PCs, supplied by any vendor and running almost any operating system, the vulnerabilities affected practically any modern computer. Despite some patches being issued for the devices affected by these vulnerabilities, there has not...

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Innovation: the key to fuelling positive change in the NHS

Posted by on Feb 15, 2018 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Healthcare presents a major opportunity for start-ups aiming to transform industries using technological innovation. The NHS is a healthcare delivery system on a massive scale. Our system needs to adapt to meet coming challenges – an ageing population and increasingly complex health and care needs. As demand increases, finances and workforce capacity are not keeping up. Incremental change will not supply the necessary solutions. Instead...

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NHS reliance on agency healthcare workers related to staff wellbeing and patient experience of care

Posted by on Feb 1, 2018 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Report published today (31 January) by Picker and The King’s Fund has uncovered striking associations between NHS staff and patients’ experiences in hospitals and NHS trusts’ reliance on agency healthcare workers. The analysis is the first of its kind to be published in the UK. It considers the relationships between the self-reported experiences and wellbeing of NHS staff, measures of workforce pressures in the health system, and patients’...

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Statement from Doctors in Unite over the Dr Bawa-Garba case

Posted by on Feb 1, 2018 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

The recent High Court decision on the case of Dr Bawa-Garba has caused us great concern. We deeply regret the tragic death of Jack Adcock in 2011, and any distress that may be caused by our comments. We have the utmost respect for Jack’s family and our sympathies are with them. We believe however, that the issues raised are of grave importance to the future of the medical profession in the UK and must be addressed. The actions of our regulator,...

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Positive results for personalised care from Maternity Survey 2017, but further improvements needed to continuity of care

Posted by on Jan 30, 2018 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

More than 18,000 women have responded to the Maternity Survey 2017, which is the biggest source of data on people’s experiences of maternity care in England. The results come at an interesting time; in 2015 NHS England announced a major review of national maternity services. As part of this review, the Better Births report (2016) outlined seven priority areas where improvements are needed. Personalised care was one of these priority areas – and...

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