NHS Ombudsman Dame Julie Mellor published a report on 17 June that highlights poor complaint handling and service failures in the NHS and the effect this has on patients and families.

An investigation by Channel 4 Dispatches, to be aired tonight, looks into the fraudulent examination practices within schools and universities. 

Plans will be put in place to encourage pupils to study more academic GCSE qualifications by using performance tables that will monitor schools who fail to enrol pupils in English baccalaureate subjects.

A report published by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) finds that patients in a mental health crisis often experience problems accessing help when they need it, with NHS staff often ‘judging’ people in crisis and not treating them with respect or compassion.

An independent hospital productivity report written by Lord Carter of Coles suggests that hospitals could save up to £5 billion a year by through increasing efficiency and making better use of staff, medicines and supplies.

GP practices will contact patients to inform them that their personal medical data will be shared unless they opt out, as new pilots of the care.data scheme will launch later this month.

Taking part in a national awareness campaign to encourage people to give blood, the Bradford Royal Infirmary sign has removed the letters ‘b’, ‘a’ and ‘o’ from its name.

NHS England has launched an updated Medicines Optimisation Dashboard to help CCGs improve and understand how well patients across the country are being supported to use their medicines.

NHS England will be investing an estimated further £190 million in new cures for Hepatitis C, on top of the approximately £40 million extra which began last year which will benefit an addition 3,500 patients.

The King’s Fund report argues that 400 separate health and social care organisations is unsustainable and should be replaced and a single pooled budget should be in place for every area by 2020.

The NHS e-Referral Service will be available from Monday 15th June, replacing the Choose and Book system.

The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) has admitted that up to 700,000 patients’ confidential data has been shared without permission.

The Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) has released an audit report on the organisation of care for stroke patients once they have left hospital in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The report suggests widespread variation, by region and country, in the types of care currently being provided.

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) have revealed that blood donations have dropped 40 per cent in the last decade, creating concerns over blood shortages.

The paper counterpart to the photo card driving licence has now being replaced by an online service from today (June 8).

GP Online has revealed that Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS, has announced that he will investigate medical indemnity costs. The move comes after Derbyshire Health United clinical chairman Dr Aqip Bhatti raised concerns over fees soaring to £30,000 per year back in April

The head of NHS England has issued a clarion call to health care leaders to redesign the care of patients across the NHS so that it is sustainable for the future and reach the needs of patients more successfully.

In response to a survey commissioned by the NHS Confederation, NHS leaders have claimed that for the NHS to have a successful and sustainable future, the government must be open and honest with the public about the need for service change and address the funding issues in social care.


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