Confed17 opening speech by NHS Confederation chairman Stephen Dorrell

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Stephen Dorrell, chairman of the NHS Confederation, gave the opening speech at Confed17 today and told the audience of more than 1,000 NHS leaders that a thorough review of long term demand patterns in health and care is needed. His speech follows. “Wonderful professional care …. on a daily basis”. The words of Alex on the film you have just seen. Alex expressed far more eloquently than I ever could the reason why we are here. We shall talk...

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Brexit Health Alliance to be voice of health sector as UK leaves EU​

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

As the UK moves into negotiations with the EU, a new alliance has been formed to safeguard the interests of patients and the healthcare and research they rely on. The Brexit Health Alliance brings together the NHS, medical research, industry, patients and public health organisations. It will be co-chaired by Sir Hugh Taylor, the former permanent secretary of the Department of Health, and Niall Dickson, the Chief Executive of the NHS...

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Half of unpaid carers are providing care out of guilt

Posted by on Jun 8, 2017 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

75% of adults would feel guilty if they couldn’t provide care for a family member  42% of those who expect to need care within the next ten years would in fact be happy if a family member refused to provide care and left them needing professional help. One in four people receiving care felt the decision-making process sowed seeds of resentment in their family Half felt they would have made a better care choice if they fully understood the...

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Promoting innovation

Posted by on Jun 6, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

A major new report from the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK), supported by insurance company EY, has found that whilst the UK is well placed to innovate to improve health outcomes and reduce costs, the UK is often not doing enough with the tools at its disposal. With the NHS committed to achieving efficiency savings of £22 billion through productivity gains of 2-3% between 2015 – 2020, ‘Towards affordable healthcare: Why...

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Is there really a crisis in general practice?

Posted by on Jun 6, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

On November 23rd 2014 The Observer newspaper quoted the President of the Royal College of General Practitioners as saying: “…doctors are routinely having to work 11 hour days and are making between 40-60 patient contacts a day. We now make 340 million patient consultations a year – 40 million more than five years ago”. The Royal College of GPs also warned that 600 practices might close in the next year due to poor recruitment and...

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