Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has unveiled plans for a ‘new deal’ for GPs, which promises a number of changes designed to ease GP workload and make the profession more attractive to young doctors.

NHS England, the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) and the University of Bristol have today announced the world's first national programme to review deaths of people with learning disabilities.

The new e-Referral system was launched on Monday June 15 but was taken offline after more than 30 known issues crashed the system.

NHS England has launched a new programme to improve NHS job opportunities for people with learning disabilities.

Health and social care leaders have unveiled plans to make technology work harder for patients and increase transparency across more services.

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 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.


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