Latest NHS news

  • 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 »

  • NHS Can Save £5bn By Cutting Waste - Report
    NHS Can Save £5bn By Cutting Waste - Report Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    The NHS could save £5bn a year by better managing its staff and clamping down on hospitals which are paying too much for medicines and equipment, according to a new report. More »

  • 1% improvement 'can save NHS £400m'
    1% improvement 'can save NHS £400m' Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    Increasing staff efficiency in hospitals by just 1% could represent around £400 million in savings to the NHS a year, a report has found. More »

  • Cancer drug 'not cost-effective'
    Cancer drug 'not cost-effective' Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    Cancer charities have reacted with disappointment to news that a drug to treat advanced prostate cancer has not been deemed cost-effective for the NHS by health officials. More »

  • Taxpayer to face £5,000 NHS costs
    Taxpayer to face £5,000 NHS costs Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    The average annual cost of the NHS to the English taxpayer is set to pass the £5,000 mark in the next five years, figures show. More »

  • Trade deal won't hit NHS - Cameron
    Trade deal won't hit NHS - Cameron Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    There is "no way" a controversial EU/US trade agreement can have any impact on the National Health Service, David Cameron said as he urged critics to stop raising "false fears" and concentrate on securing the best deal. More »

  • Alton Towers Crash Victim Has Leg Amputated
    Alton Towers Crash Victim Has Leg Amputated Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    A victim of the Alton Towers rollercoaster crash has had her left leg amputated above the knee, as the amusement park said it will provide compensation to the injured. Seventeen-year-old Leah Washington, from Barnsley, South Yorkshire, who was on The Smiler ride reportedly on her first date with Joe Pugh, also suffered a fractured left hand. Mr Pugh, 18, has been treated for two broken knees and extensive hand injuries, the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust said. More »

  • Simon Cowell signs petition to David Cameron to help save sick child
    Simon Cowell signs petition to David Cameron to help save sick child Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    Abi Longfellow’s family are campaigning for the Government to put the her life-saving treatment on the NHS. More »

  • NHS Patients' Data Shared Against Their Wishes
    NHS Patients' Data Shared Against Their Wishes Sun, Jun 7, 2015

    Information about patients has been shared against their wishes, the group responsible for releasing NHS patient data has admitted. The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) said that it failed to meet requests by up to 700,000 patients for details from their records not to be passed on. HSCIC chair Kingsley Manning said it "may take some time" to resolve the issue. More »

  • NHS data passed on 'against wishes'
    NHS data passed on 'against wishes' Sat, Jun 6, 2015

    The organisation responsible for releasing NHS patient data to organisations including insurance companies has admitted information about patients has been shared against their wishes, it has emerged. More »

  • Two NHS waiting time targets axed
    Two NHS waiting time targets axed Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    Two waiting time targets are being scrapped by the NHS while changes are being made to the way A&E and cancer treatment waiting times are reported. More »

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  • NHS regime move 'unprecedented'
    NHS regime move 'unprecedented' Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    The doctors' union has described the announcement that hospitals in three areas where health services are persistently failing are to undergo a new regime overseen by NHS regulators as an "unprecedented move". More »

  • UK 'falling behind' in cancer care
    UK 'falling behind' in cancer care Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    The head of a pharmaceutical giant has accused UK health officials of lacking innovation after an ovarian cancer drug was rejected as too expensive for the NHS. More »

  • NHS Boss To Reveal £22bn Cost-Cutting Plans
    NHS Boss To Reveal £22bn Cost-Cutting Plans Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    More details of how the health service will cut costs by £22bn in just five years are expected to be revealed by the NHS chief later. NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has to make the efficiency savings on top of the extra £8bn a year promised by the government. He will tell the NHS Confederation's annual conference that the books can be balanced through a revolution in health care, with more money being spent on keeping people healthy and on treating patients in GP surgeries rather than expensive hospitals. More »

  • NHS boss blames staff after years of failure at the helm. Mystery solved: Jeremy …
    NHS boss blames staff after years of failure at the helm. Mystery solved: Jeremy … Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    The other is Sepp Blatter. Of course, I am being somewhat tongue-in-cheek in my headline by suggesting that the corruption scandal-hit FIFA boss and the Tory Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt are the same person. In the case of Blatter, whose organisation is accused of allowing Russian and Qatari bribes buy the next two World Cups, he first blamed the British media and U.S. justice system - and then settled on a minority of “individuals” within FIFA. More »

  • Managing The Hospital Staffing Conundrum
    Managing The Hospital Staffing Conundrum Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    There is no doubt that some private staffing agencies have had a good run - at the expense of the NHS. Sky News has carried out two big Freedom of Information investigations over the last year looking at the issue - and found some hospitals had to pay up to £230 an hour for staff to fill key shifts. It's so lucrative that private equity firms have invested in the market. More »

  • NHS 'Must Deliver' On Patient Care And Waste
    NHS 'Must Deliver' On Patient Care And Waste Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    NHS bosses have been urged by Jeremy Hunt to focus on finding efficiencies and patient care rather than complain about a lack of funds. The Health Secretary hit out at the NHS saying the Government has provided the extra funding requested by its chief executive and now wants the health service to "deliver its side of the bargain" by eliminating waste. "Simon Stevens (NHS England Chief Executive) said the NHS needed an extra £8bn by 2020 and the Government has invested that. More »

  • 'Long hard look' at NHS spending
    'Long hard look' at NHS spending Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said it is time to "take a long hard look at whether the NHS spends its resources as carefully as it should". More »

  • Nice rejects ovarian cancer drug
    Nice rejects ovarian cancer drug Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    A drug used to treat women with ovarian cancer has been rejected as too expensive for the NHS by health officials. More »

  • Obesity the new smoking - NHS boss
    Obesity the new smoking - NHS boss Sun, May 31, 2015

    Obesity is the "new smoking", NHS England's chief executive has warned, as he said people needed to "get much more serious" about their own health. More »

  • Medic: Start trying for baby by 30
    Medic: Start trying for baby by 30 Sun, May 31, 2015

    Women hoping to get pregnant should start trying for a baby before they turn 30, a top NHS fertility doctor has said. More »

  • Wilshere becomes charity ambassador
    Wilshere becomes charity ambassador Fri, May 29, 2015

    England and Arsenal footballer Jack Wilshere has called on the NHS to fund a breakthrough drug that could help boys su ffering from a muscle-wasting condition. More »