Posted by on Apr 16, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Too big to succeed? A bid worth £687m by a privately-led consortium to run cancer services for 10 years in Staffordshire has collapsed. The consortium – which included University Hospitals North Midlands Trust and The Royal Wolverhampton Trust as well as ‘Interserve’ – did not convince commissioners that its offer was economically viable. The tender process had started in 2013 but was paused in 2016 for review. A senior figure in one of the...

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UK patients most sceptical about healthcare via AI and robotics

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

UK patients are the most sceptical in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) when it comes to having robotics and AI involved in their healthcare. New research from PwC shows that just 39% of UK patients (and 41% of German patients) say they are willing to engage with artificial intelligence/robotics for healthcare, in sharp contrast with other countries in the EMEA region, such as Nigeria where 94% of patients are willing. Even though UK...

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The Market works – or is it just unprofessional?

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

The NHS is involved in a standoff with many of its locum staff – doctors, nursing and non clinical staff such as IT contractors. There has been a change to tax rules,  -IR 35  -which means that staff who are not regularly employed but are contacted  with  “off payroll” , – have  to now pay the same tax and national insurance contributions as employed workers. this means there take home pay will drop -though most are still paid far...

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NHS SUSTAINABILITY UNDER THREAT – LORDS COMMITTEE

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 1 comment

The House of Lords Select Committee on the Long-term Sustainability of the NHS has slammed the ‘short-sightedness’ of successive governments for failing to plan effectively for the long-term future of the health service and adult social care. The long-term future of the NHS is an increasing public concern, with a record 55% of people saying they expected the NHS to deteriorate over the longer term. The Committee makes it clear that a...

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Staffing of health and social care must be Brexit priority, say 34 health and care organisations

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

The Cavendish Coalition has responded to the triggering of Article 50 by calling on the Government to safeguard the UK’s ability to recruit and retain staff with the skills needed to deliver high quality health and social care to local communities. The coalition, a group of 34 social care and health organisations working to ensure the system is properly staffed after the UK leaves the EU, has set out what the Government needs to focus on during...

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