Lord Carter’s plans for saving the NHS £5bn a year

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 1 comment

It’s been dubbed the most ambitious ever plan for efficiency savings in the NHS. There has been speculation that it is undeliverable. But amid all the debate about the planned £22bn of annual savings by 2020 in the NHS in England, one man has been rooting around the system working out how some of it might be achieved. Now he has come up with a new set of proposals, some surprising, some controversial. Lord Patrick Carter, a Labour peer as...

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#NHSwhereIstarted campaign calls on NHS workforce to inspire next generation

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

NHS Employers is calling on staff in the NHS to share images of their first jobs in the NHS on Twitter as part of #NHSwhereIstarted, a new social media campaign. In its first week, the campaign has seen more than 3,200 tweets and 1,480 participants share their stories, including senior leaders such as Suzanne Rastrick, Chief Allied Health Professions Officer, Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer, Prem Singh, Chairman at Derbyshire Community...

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Strife in the West Country – Celtic Fringe writes

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Down here in Cornwall in the West Country our local and only general hospital group, Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, which is not a Foundation Trust, is on black alert for the second time this year. NHS Kernow, the Clinical Commissioning Group, has a £14-16m deficit and has been placed under a Legal Directive by NHS England.  Earlier in 2015 the Chancellor indicated that he would like to devolve decision making powers for some part of...

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GPs warn about risks to patient safety

Posted by on Jan 31, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 1 comment

Negotiations between the government and general practitioners are underway, but if the mood amongst British Medical Association members is anything to go by, the negotiations will be tough. The leader of the BMA’s GPs, Dr Chaand Nagpau, speaking on Saturday 30th January at the Special Conference of Local Medical Committees warned that patient safety is being compromised as general practice faces an “emergency” situation caused by GP services...

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Commission calls for radical rethink of care for older people

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

Care must be driven by the needs of individuals rather than rigid institutions and structures. That is the main message from an independent report published today. The Commission on Improving Urgent Care for Older people is calling for a fundamental change to the way care for older people is designed and delivered. Experts, drawn from across the health and care sector, have called for a radical new approach to urgent care for older people....

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