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The financial situation of the NHS is getting worse. The latest quarterly monitoring report from the King’s Fund shows that NHS trusts are forecasting an end-of-year net deficit of around £2.3 billion. The estimate, based on survey responses from 83 trusts,…

http://www.bsa.natcen.ac.uk/latest-report/british-social-attitudes-32/health.aspx Satisfaction with the NHS has increased, with 65% saying they are satisfied, up from 60% in 2013. This increase in satisfaction was greatest – no less than 11 percentage points – among Labour supporters. Satisfaction with A&E services has also…

Mental health

Health systems in the United Kingdom have, for many years, made the quality of care a highly visible priority, internationally pioneering many tools and policies to assure and improve the quality of care. A key challenge, however, is to understand…

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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”…

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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…

Sir Michael Marmot in conversation with Professors Richard Wilkinson & Kate Pickett Introduced by Christina McAnea (UNISON, Head of Health) Tuesday 1 March, 6.15pm – 8pm UNISON Centre, 130 Euston Road, London, NW1 2AY   In every country in the…

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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’.<…

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…

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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…