Three new integrated care systems announced

21 million people are set to further benefit from improved health and care, as three new areas were announced as ‘integrated care systems‘ (ICS).

Bed cutbacks leaving hospitals unable to cope

Simon Stevens has said that the policy of shutting hospital beds has gone too far and left hospitals unable to cope with rise in patient numbers.

NHS names first clinical director for violence reduction

Martin Griffiths, a lead surgeon at Barts Health NHS Trust in London, has been appointed as the first NHS clinical director for violence reduction.

Children's hospices to shut without increased funding

Together for Short Lives has warned that children’s hospices will be forced to cut services or shut unless the NHS increases its funding.

Health staff suffering serious sexual harassment

Nurses, care assistants, cleaners and other NHS staff have suffered lewd sexual insults, groping and even rape while at work.

Community pharmacies to gain faster access to SCR

Pharmacists can now access vital patient information quickly and simply through a new Summary Care Record (SCR) 1-click function.

‘Game changing’ cancer drugs to be fast-tracked

The NHS is preparing to fast-track the introduction of ‘game changing’ new cancer drugs that target tumours according to their genetic make-up.

DHSC ‘jumping the gun’ on NHS pension changes

The government has been accused of ‘jumping the gun’ by launching a consultation on changes to the NHS pension scheme earlier this month.

Tory leader hopefuls urged to prevent no-deal Brexit

The RCGP has written an open letter to the next leader of the Conservative Party, calling on them to safeguard the NHS and avoid a 'no deal' Brexit.

Lack of training for doctors on eating disorders

MPs have found that there is a lack of understanding of eating disorders among doctors which is resulting in too many avoidable deaths.

Health Secretary names more listeria affected trusts

Eight hospitals have reported cases of listeria linked to pre-packed sandwiches and salads eaten by patients.

Unfinished business on funding jeopardising NHS plan

Delivering the ambitious vision of improved care for patients will be extremely challenging without urgent action on wider health funding.

Hancock orders NHS food review

A ‘root and branch’ review of hospital food has been ordered by Matt Hancock after two more deaths were linked to an outbreak of listeria.

Deteriorating hospital standards are a result of privatisation

Hospital acquired diseases such as listeria and MRSA are a direct result of lowered standards arising from privatisation cutbacks.

New ‘citizen voice’ body set up in Wales

New legislation could see the establishment of a new citizen voice body in Wales to represent patients in the NHS and social care.

Prime Minister makes new mental health pledge

Theresa May has pledged better access to education, training and support across communities as part of an overhaul of society’s approach to mental illness.

Simple ‘aftercare’ cuts NHS hospital readmissions

Costly hospital readmissions in geriatric patients could be nearly halved if the NHS offered simple follow-up ‘aftercare’ calls and home visits for patients.

Kings trust rated Requires Improvement by CQC

The Care Quality Commission has rated south London’s King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust as Requires Improvement overall.

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