Labour demands £500m emergency NHS fund

The Labour Party Conference is expected to hear calls for a £500 million ‘winter bailout fund’ for the NHS over the coming months.

CCGs plan to halve spending on mental health

Liverpool MP Luciana Berger has revealed that half of local CCGs plan to reduce the amount of their budget spent on mental health.

New guidance to diagnose and treat Lyme disease

New guidance, published by NICE, will help UK health professionals spot a potential diagnosis of Lyme disease, without the need for tests.

Concern raised over lack of NHS child psychiatrists

New figures show that the number of NHS psychiatrists for young people in England is falling, despite increasing demand for services.

GPs should avoid antibiotics for ear infections

New NICE guidance is urging GPs to manage most common ear infections with pain relief rather than antibiotics.

Patient safety at risk due to trainee recruitment crisis

Analysis by the BMA has found that training places across three in four medical specialties were unfilled last year.

10,000 EU workers have quit NHS since Brexit

According to new figures, approximately 10,000 EU nationals have quit the NHS since the Brexit referendum.

Papworth Hospital granted royal title

Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust will receive a royal title following approval from Her Majesty The Queen.

High increase in mental health staff stress leave

The number of NHS mental health staff who have taken sick leave as a result of mental health issues has risen by 22 per cent in the past five years

West Midlands urges for winter fund release

West Midlands council leaders have urged Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to release funds for essential social care services ahead of winter.

Support move towards accountable care structures

NHS Providers will provide support for NHS trusts as they move to accountable care structures that deliver more integrated care for the public.

Stoptober campaign encourages e-cigarette use

Despite health leaders ignoring the topic, the annual Stoptober campaign is embracing the use of e-cigarettes as a way to stop people smoking.

Lincolnshire Air Ambulance now carrying blood on board

Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance is now carrying blood on board, becoming one of only six UK air ambulances to offer on-site blood transfusion.

STPs under pressure due to partnership struggles

The majority of NHS organisations and local authorities do not believe that full joint working towards STPs will be achieved in the next five years.

St Bartholomew’s rated Good by CQC

The CQC has rated St Bartholomew’s Hospital as Good overall, with some areas of the London teaching hospital rated Outstanding.

MMR1 vaccine target met for first time

The number of eligible children receiving their first dose of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine has met the target of 95 per cent for the first time.

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