Aims of NHS vanguards not met, says NAO

NHS England’s vanguard programme has not delivered the depth and scale of transformed services it aimed for at the beginning of the programme.

NHS app aims to ease access to health services

The new NHS app, set to be available to everyone in England in December 2018, will give patients safe and secure access to their GP record.

Data highlights decline in hospital sugary drinks

NHS England has revealed that the sales of sugar-filled drinks has been dramatically cut from 15.6 per cent to 8.7 per cent on NHS premises.

NHS pay structure failing staff and patients

A new report has argued that the current pay system in the NHS is opaque and outmoded, leaving it to fail both staff and patients.

New software solution for the de-identification of patient information

NHS Digital has signed a contract for a new software solution to improve the de-identification of patient information.

CQC launches ‘Learning from safety incidents’ resources

The CQC has published a new series of resources to help health and care organisations ensure the safety and well-being of people using their services.

Lower death rates by seeing the same doctor

A new study by the University of Exeter has concluded that patients who see the same doctor over time have lower death rates.

‘Major ramp-up’ needed in children’s mental health services

Simon Stevens has claimed that children's mental health services is in need of ‘a major ramp-up’ to cope with the rising challenges faced by young people.

NHS Digital enters three-year strategic IBM cyber partnership

NHS Digital has entered into a three-year strategic partnership with IBM to enhance data security and cyber security response.

Apps may 'support but will never replace' GPs

The Royal College of GPs has stressed that technology may support but not replace medically trained professionals.

£105m boost for joined up care in Wales

A £10 million a year fund will be boosted to £105 million over the next three years to help deliver more joined up care closer to home in Wales.

Energy technology could save NHS £130 million a year

The NHS could save at least £130 million per year by updating inefficient and outdated energy systems, according to new data.

Two more areas become Local Health and Care Record Exemplars

Two more areas will become ‘Local Health and Care Record Exemplars’ to put in place an electronic shared local health and care record.

E-cigarettes should be allowed at hospitals

The Royal College of Physicians has called for e-cigarettes to be permitted on hospital grounds to help the NHS seek completely smoke-free sites.

Social Care Premium urged to fund personal care for all

Two Commons committees have urged for a sustainable funding solution for adult social care, including a call for a new tax on over-40s.

NHS lags behind in treating common, life-threatening illnesses

The NHS is a ‘below-average’ performer when it comes to preventing deaths from heart attacks, strokes and cancer.

NHS systems to capture private healthcare data

An initiative has been launched to ensure private healthcare data is recorded in the same way as NHS data in England.

NHS has lost more than 6,000 beds in last four years

The NHS has lost more than 6,000 beds over the last four years, prompting warnings that under-resourcing in hospitals is hampering patient care.

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