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  • NHS Data Sharing Trial Begins Amid Concerns
    NHS Data Sharing Trial Begins Amid Concerns Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    A NHS scheme which aims to share health and social care data begins in Southend today amid concerns from some campaigners over patients' privacy. The trial scheme aims to link patients' health and social care records, with the NHS saying it will allow health workers to develop a single package of care for people with multiple needs. "But this approach is not about improving patient care, or even making patient care stable. More »

  • Seven-day NHS service plan must prioritise emergency care, BMA says
    Seven-day NHS service plan must prioritise emergency care, BMA says Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    Priority must be given to urgent and emergency care in plans to boost seven-day hospital services, doctors' leaders have said. More »

  • £1.8bn 'Wasted' On NHS Redundancy Payments
    £1.8bn 'Wasted' On NHS Redundancy Payments Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    The Department of Health has been accused of "spending money like confetti" on NHS redundancy payments. Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham told Sky News: "Today the figures hit a new high - £1.8bn wasted. The Government has pledged to cap public sector redundancy payments at £95,000 - but the figures show, in the last five years, over 3,000 staff received more than £100,000. More »

  • New 999 System Cuts Wasted Ambulance Journeys
    New 999 System Cuts Wasted Ambulance Journeys Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    A controversial pilot scheme in which an ambulance response is put on hold while 999 call handlers judge the urgency of the problem is to be rolled out further, Sky News has learnt. Tests of the system carried out in London and southwest England have proved so successful that NHS England will announce shortly that other ambulance services will be asked to take part. Under the Dispatch on Disposition scheme, call handlers are given an extra two minutes to triage patients with serious but not life-threatening problems - and assess whether they need a blue-light response. More »

  • Claims that NHS chiefs are paid by drugs companies triggers investigation
    Claims that NHS chiefs are paid by drugs companies triggers investigation Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    NHS bosses are being paid thousands of pounds and taken on luxury trips by drugs companies lobbying for the health service to switch to their products , it has been claimed. More »

  • NHS CT scans can damage patient DNA and kill cells, research finds
    NHS CT scans can damage patient DNA and kill cells, research finds Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    CT scans of the sort used throughout the NHS can damage DNA and kill cells, a study has found. More »

  • Court rejects free abortions appeal by Northern Ireland mother and daughter
    Court rejects free abortions appeal by Northern Ireland mother and daughter Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    A young woman and her mother have lost a Court of Appeal challenge against a ruling that prevents women from Northern Ireland receiving free abortions on the NHS in England. More »

  • MP accuses NHS England boss Simon Stevens of giving 'woolly' answer …
    MP accuses NHS England boss Simon Stevens of giving 'woolly' answer … Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    NHS England boss Simon Stevens has been accused of giving "woolly" answers to MPs about how the health service will achieve £22 billion of efficiency savings. More »

  • NHS accused after demanding GP appointment details
    NHS accused after demanding GP appointment details Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Privacy campaigners have accused NHS officials of trampling over rules protecting patient confidentiality after they demanded details of millions of GP appointments. More »

  • NHS Blood and Transplant calls for more organ donors as donations fall
    NHS Blood and Transplant calls for more organ donors as donations fall Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    The number of people donating organs has fallen for the first time in more than a decade, leading to a call for more donors. More »

  • Bid To Make England's Cancer Care 'World Class'
    Bid To Make England's Cancer Care 'World Class' Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    Cancer specialists have set out an ambitious plan to save the lives of an extra 30,000 patients in England every year. The Independent Cancer Taskforce sets strategic priorities that would transform NHS services by 2020 and ensure the chances of surviving the disease are among the best in the world. In a report commissioned by NHS England, the taskforce warns one in two people will develop cancer and services are under "unprecedented pressure". More »

  • Medics Hit Out At Hunt With #ImInWorkJeremy
    Medics Hit Out At Hunt With #ImInWorkJeremy Sat, Jul 18, 2015

    Medics have hit back at Jeremy Hunt on social media over his comments about a "Monday to Friday culture" in the NHS. Earlier this week the health secretary unveiled plans to make consultants work at weekends - and warned the British Medical Association (BMA) to reform doctors' contracts or face having changes imposed by the Government. Currently, senior doctors can opt out of non-emergency work at evenings and weekends, a practice Mr Hunt wants to end. More »

  • Medics launch Twitter attack over Jeremy Hunt's 'Monday to Friday' …
    Medics launch Twitter attack over Jeremy Hunt's 'Monday to Friday' … Sat, Jul 18, 2015

    Doctors and nurses have launched a scathing attack on Heath Secretary Jeremy Hunt's claims there is a "Monday to Friday" culture in the NHS by posting pictures of themselves working this weekend. More »

  • NHS boss urges retailers to hike prices for 'health-destroying' sugar …
    NHS boss urges retailers to hike prices for 'health-destroying' sugar … Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has suggested retailers raise the price of sugary drinks and "other nutritionally empty, health-destroying, entirely discretionary purchases" as new guidelines were announced that halve the recommended daily amount of sugar that should be consumed. More »

  • Jeremy Hunt pledges NHS infused with 'patient power'
    Jeremy Hunt pledges NHS infused with 'patient power' Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has promised an NHS motivated by "patient power" with "more transparency in return for fewer targets". More »

  • NHS hospitals 'throw away one in four meals'
    NHS hospitals 'throw away one in four meals' Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    More than 30 million patient meals are being thrown away each year at NHS hospitals - representing one in every four meals, according to new figures. More »

  • Hogweed: What Should You Do If You Touch The Dangerous Plant?
    Hogweed: What Should You Do If You Touch The Dangerous Plant? Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    Where is hogweed? And can it hurt you? The NHS has issued this guidance after as number of incidents... More »

  • Deaths probe cancer surgeon sacked
    Deaths probe cancer surgeon sacked Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    A top cancer surgeon being investigated by the police over patient death rates has been sacked by an NHS trust. More »

  • Level of NHS waste 'profligate'
    Level of NHS waste 'profligate' Sun, Jul 12, 2015

    The medical director of NHS England has disclosed that up to one in seven hospital procedures are unnecessary, it has been reported. More »

  • New Implant Could Cut Heart Patient Admissions
    New Implant Could Cut Heart Patient Admissions Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Heart patients at high risk of being admitted to hospital, particularly during a heatwave, are being implanted for the first time with a microchip that precisely monitors their condition. Studies in the US suggest the implant can reduce hospital admissions for heart failure by 30%. The Royal Brompton Hospital in London is now carrying out the first NHS tests of the device. More »

  • Osborne warned on health funding
    Osborne warned on health funding Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    If the Chancellor does not announce additional NHS funding in next week's Budget, "the Government must face the consequences", an influential think tank has warned. More »

  • MPs slam costs of NHS IT system
    MPs slam costs of NHS IT system Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    The cost of a delayed NHS IT system has risen to £40 million, has only delivered data to one customer , and is unlikely to have a long-term future, according to a damning report . More »

  • Anti-radicalisation laws introduced
    Anti-radicalisation laws introduced Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Councils, prisons, NHS trusts and schools will be required to take action to stop people being drawn into terrorism under new rules introduced today. More »

  • NHS to clamp down on legal fees
    NHS to clamp down on legal fees Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    Unscrupulous lawyers will be targeted as part of a cost-cutting drive in the NHS, ministers have said. More »

  • Artificial Blood Will Be Used In Transfusions By 2017
    Artificial Blood Will Be Used In Transfusions By 2017 Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    NHS to begin using lab-made red blood cells in humans More »

  • New Immigration Rules 'Will Cause NHS Chaos'
    New Immigration Rules 'Will Cause NHS Chaos' Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    David Cameron has hit back at nursing leaders saying new immigration rules will not lead to chaos in the NHS. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has claimed thousands of foreign-born nurses could be forced to leave the UK under changes which mean from next year, migrants from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) must be earning £35,000 or more to stay in the UK after six years. The union said nearly 3,365 nurses currently working in the UK, recruited at a cost of over £20m, will potentially be affected. More »

  • NHS proposals 'from cloud nine'
    NHS proposals 'from cloud nine' Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    Pledges from the Government to expand NHS services have "barely the detail to fill a post-it note", the head of the doctors' union has said. More »

  • Britain awards Capita 400 million pound NHS contract Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    LONDON (Reuters) - Capita , one of the major outsourcing companies in Britain, has been awarded a 400 million pound contract to provide administrative support services for the National Health Service in England. It was selected as the sole provider for a four-year contract, part of a larger framework that could be worth up to 1 billion pounds, the company said on Monday. ... More »

  • Migrant rule 'to cost NHS millions'
    Migrant rule 'to cost NHS millions' Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    New immigration rules that mean migrants must be earning £35,000 or more to stay in the UK after six years will cost millions of pounds to the NHS and compromise patient safety, a nurses' union has warned. More »

  • Nearly 2.5m NHS Bed Days Lost In Five Years
    Nearly 2.5m NHS Bed Days Lost In Five Years Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    Bed blocking has seen NHS hospitals lose nearly 2.5 million days of care in the last five years as older people wait to be moved to social care, a charity has said. Age UK found 2,431,120 bed days were lost to the NHS between June 2010 and March 2015, including 215,662 days that people were waiting for a nursing home place to become available. The figure also includes 206,053 days they spent needing help from social care workers or district nurses before they could return to live in their own home. More »

  • Care delays increase hospital stays
    Care delays increase hospital stays Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    Nearly 2.5 million bed days have been lost to NHS hospitals in England in the past five years as older people wait to be moved to social care, according to analysis by a charity. More »

  • Migrant charge 'may cost NHS more'
    Migrant charge 'may cost NHS more' Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    Government plans to make migrants pay a ''health surcharge'' as part of their visa application could cost the NHS more in the long run, academics have warned. More »

  • Majority back NHS on emergency care
    Majority back NHS on emergency care Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    Most people (79%) would prefer to receive treatment for serious or life-threatening illnesses from the NHS rather than a private hospital, a report has found. More »

  • Call to widen screening for cancer
    Call to widen screening for cancer Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Health experts have called for NHS screening for cervical cancer to be rolled out to women over 64 after research found one in five new cases is diagnosed in this age group. More »

  • Only 34% exercise right to complain
    Only 34% exercise right to complain Sat, Jun 13, 2015

    Most people agree they have the right to complain if they have a poor experience when using public services such as the NHS - but few actually do, research has found. More »