NHS: A long game comes to a close? (Or, look behind you!)

Posted by on Feb 12, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

It had to come sooner or later, and it has come sooner. Christopher Smallwood, chair of St. George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, writing in the Guardian on Monday February 8th, claimed that the “free at the point of use” mantra has had its day. It is time to allow insurance to play a part in funding the NHS, he said. This is no dodgy dossier from a right-wing think-tank, picked up briefly by the Tory press. It is a serious view...

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Macmillan Cancer Support responds to national cancer waiting times

Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Responding to the cancer waiting times statistics for December 2015 released today by NHS England[i], Dr Fran Woodard, Director of Policy and Impact at Macmillan Cancer Support, says: “It is encouraging to see that cancer waiting times targets, which outline the time it should take for people with cancer to begin treatment following an urgent GP referral, have been met in December 2015, for the first time in 20 months. But this is not yet a...

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Information technology and the NHS – Here we go again?

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 4 comments

The NHS has had an unhappy history in its relationships with information technologies. Undeterred, Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced a £4.2 billion investment in IT in the National Health Service (NHS), as part of the relaunched ‘digital transformation plan’.< Examples of planned investments include: £1.8 billion to create a paper-free NHS and remove outdated technology like fax machines £1 billion on cyber security and data consent...

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Staffing the NHS

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Ensuring there are enough clinical staff with the right skills to meet the demand for high-quality, safe healthcare is essential to the operation of the NHS. However, the current arrangements for managing the supply of clinical staff are fragmented and do not represent value for money, according to a report from the National Audit Office published on February 5th. www.nao.org.uk/report/managing-the-supply-of-nhs-clinical-staff-in-england/ The...

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Crisis in Care: Homecare services at a four year low

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

Over half (51%) of homecare agencies in the UK provide a bad or poor quality service according to reviewers One in four care homes criticised for their poor facilities and cleanliness, value for money and quality of care Professional care for children consistently better than care for elderly Homecare services are in a dire state according to the latest evaluation of reviews on Good Care Guide, the independent TripAdvisor style website for the...

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