Private firms exploiting over-stretched NHS

Under-pressure NHS services are spending more than £1 billion a year buying external care because they are unable to keep up with demand.

Campaign to increase number of BAME organ donors

DHSC has announced a new campaign to increase organ donation rates within black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

Worryingly high levels of senior vacancies in NHS

NHS Providers and The King’s Fund have warned that NHS trusts are facing significant difficulties in recruiting and retaining senior leaders.

Additional health funding will add to burden of spending

The OBR has warned that extra health funding and an ageing population will contribute to the burden of spending over the next 50 years.

Restricting access to groin surgery leaving patients in pain

Thousands of patients are being made to suffer in pain because of the NHS restricting access to groin (inguinal) hernia operations.

£6.3m energy investment in Bolton NHS Foundation Trust

Breathe Energy has delivered energy savings through an Energy Performance Contract agreed with Bolton NHS Foundation Trust estate in 2015.

Transplant service short of necessary staff and equipment

Potential organ donations are at risk because UK hospitals are extremely short of transplant surgeons and specialist nurses.

Rise in under-19s being treated by mental health services

New NHS figures have revealed that nearly 400,000 children and young people in England are being treated for mental health problems each year.

New electronic patient record software in Leeds

Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is set to become England's first NHS mental health provider to adopt CareDirector software.

Over 200,000 patients waiting over six months for treatment

The number of patients waiting longer than six months to start planned NHS hospital treatment has now exceeded 200,000.

RCS finds almost 9,000 fax machines owned by hospitals

The NHS has been criticised for its reliance on outdated and ‘archaic’ technology as it is revealed that hospital trusts own almost 9,000 fax machines.

Student nurse funding must be addressed

With nursing degree applications falling, the Royal College of Nursing has urged ministers to adequately address student funding.

New Legal Services Framework launched by NHS SBS

NHS SBS has re-launched its Legal Services Framework, which is expected to save the public sector around half a million pounds in the next four years.

New guidance to help trusts learn from deaths

The NHS has published guidance to help trusts work with bereaved families and carers.

Dye to be used in initial surgery for brain tumours

NICE has said that a chemical dye should be used in initial surgery to assist neurosurgeons in the successful removal of a brain tumour.

GP appointed to spread NHS innovations and join up care

Dr Karen Kirkham has been appointed to help spread NHS innovations which integrate health and social care throughout England.

NHS England to put immediate curb on mesh operations

NHS England has accepted the advice of a new review into the safety of mesh operations and is placing an immediate curb on the treatment.

£10 million to tackle antimicrobial resistance

The Department of Health and Social Care is launching a £10 million research competition to fund innovations to tackle AMR in humans.

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