New preferred NHS England chairman named

Former health minister Lord David Prior has been named as the government’s chosen candidate to be the next chair of NHS England.

New code of conduct for AI and tech in healthcare

Health Minister Lord O’Shaughnessy has announced the initial technology partnerships Code of Conduct for Data-driven Health and Care Technology.

New NHS contract to centralise delivery services

The DHSC has signed a five-year contract with Unipart Logistics worth £730 million to simplify the NHS goods-buying process.

Employing overseas staff post-Brexit could cost £500m

Lack of post-Brexit clarity on the UK's immigration system could leave the NHS spending up to £500 million per year on international recruitment.

Half of people ignoring bowel cancer screening

New research has found that half of people in England sent a home-testing kit for bowel cancer in 2015 did not use it.

New personalised therapy for children with cancer

Simon Stevens has announced that children and young people in England will receive a groundbreaking cancer treatment.

Heart Age Test to aid heart attack and stroke detection

PHE is urging the public to find out their ‘heart age’ as a way of detecting if they are at an increased risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

Doctors urged to write patient letters in ‘plain English’

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges is encouraging doctors to adopt a new policy of writing letters that are easier for patients to understand.

10,000 more patients on waiting lists die each year

The number of patients who die while languishing on NHS waiting lists has risen by at least 10,000 compared to five years ago.

Longest-wait transplant patient backs donation calls

Nine-year waiting list patient backs NHS Blood and Transplant’s urgent call for people to talk to their families about organ donation.

Quarter of UK student nurses drop out before graduation

A quarter of UK nursing students who began three-year nursing degrees that were due to finish last year left their courses early.

Car parking charges completely scrapped in Wales

Carmarthenshire’s Glangwili and Prince Philip hospitals have become the last two hospitals in Wales to enforce free parking on their sites.

Collaboration agreed between IWNHS and SCAS

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust & Isle of Wight NHS Trust will begin collaborating in some areas of work.

New ‘life-changing’ asthma procedure approved for NHS

A potentially life changing treatment for some adults with severe asthma has been deemed safe enough for use on the NHS.

Over 85s needing 24 hour care to set to double

A new study has predicted that the number of people aged 85 and over needing 24-hour care is set to double.

Limiting use of temporary staffing agencies could save £480m

The NHS could find £480 million to reinvest into wider services if trusts stopped using expensive staffing agencies to fill temporary vacancies.

London A&E doctor shifts left unstaffed

Research has shown that at least 8,000 doctors shifts were left uncovered in London's accident and emergency departments last year.

NHS 10 year plan must meet needs of ageing population

The British Geriatrics Society is calling for the NHS 10 ten year plan to meet the needs our ageing population.

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