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July 26, 2018
How will Matt Hancock’s healthcare priorities benefit the NHS?

Last week, health and social care secretary Matt Hancock gave his first speech at West Suffolk Hospital where he revealed three key priorities for the NHS: technology, workforce and prevention.
Speaking before the Health and Social Care Committee yesterday, he also gave more information on the work he intends to do.
A version of this article first appeared on our sister publication Healthcare Leader
So what do the priorities mean for the health service?
Technology focus

June 9, 2009
The war on healthcare associated infections (HCAIs) will never be won unless long-term strategies are introduced

The war on healthcare associated infections (HCAIs), or so-called "superbugs", will never be won unless long-term strategies are introduced to radically reduce their prevalence, says a BMA report launched today.

Short term solutions like alcohol gel, dress code and deep cleansing must be supplemented with sustainable evidence-based improvements that will protect more patients in the future, says the report. It adds, that without a change in direction the risk to patients caused by HCAIs and the burden on the NHS are set to continue.

June 5, 2009
The focus on acute stroke in the UK government’s National Stroke Strategy may distract from other important elements of stroke care, warn experts

The focus on acute stroke in the UK government's national stroke strategy may distract attention and resources from other important elements of stroke care, warn experts.

In 2005, the National Audit Office (NAO) report on stroke services outlined improvements for reducing death, disability and recurrent stroke, along with costs. Its recommendations led to the publication of the National Stroke Strategy in 2007.

December 12, 2008
Tories claim opportunities are missed to reform the NHS

The government is "chronically incapable of delivery" as opportunities are missed to reform the NHS, the Tories have claimed.

Shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley told MPs that legislation on the proposed constitution for the health service should have been "original, purposeful and substantive."

He claimed that the new Health Bill could make a "real difference", but instead it has no new legal rights and is only being introduced "because Prime Minister Gordon Brown wants one to exist."

December 4, 2008
Framework of rights and responsibilities for NHS patients in new Health Bill

The UK national health service (NHS) will have a duty to follow a first ever constitution as set out in a Health Bill, the Queen confirmed in her address at the opening of Parliament.

The health service's first constitution will set out a framework of rights and responsibilities for patients receiving NHS care.

November 18, 2008
UK government forced to shelve plans on new organ donor laws as they could undermine public trust

Doubts over whether a new opt-out system of organ donation would work have prompted the UK government to shelve the plans.

The move follows recommendations by the Organ Donation Taskforce, which called for improvements to be made without a change in the law.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown said he was willing to try out the recommendations, but added that the issue might have to be "revisited" later if organ donor targets are not met.

November 4, 2008
New change in policy sees patients being able to top-up NHS care with private drugs

A framework that will allow NHS patients to "top up" their care with private treatments is set to be unveiled.

Professor Mike Richards will outline the findings of a review on the practice, which sparked controversy after it was banned by the government.

The report looks into what support is available to patients who run out of money and the terms that can be set between drug companies and the NHS.

Last month it emerged that about 1,000 patients a year were already topping up their NHS care with private drugs.

October 15, 2008
Rules implemented to prevent patients buying privately owned drugs are ignored by hospitals

Hospitals are reportedly dodging government rules intended to stop patients privately buying expensive drugs not available on the NHS.

Clinical services provider Healthcare at Home says it has contracts with 30 NHS hospitals to offer treatments privately to patients who are also receiving standard care.

Managing director Ruth Pool said about 1,000 patients a year in the UK are mixing private and NHS care with the help of their doctors and the firm.

The rules state that a person cannot be a NHS and a private patient in the same episode of care.

October 15, 2008
Pay rise for medics limited to 2% to create balance between staff and affordability

Pay rises for doctors and dentists should be limited to 2% in 2009, the body which negotiates on behalf of the government has said.

NHS employers said a balance had to be struck "between fairness to staff and affordability".

Its comments have been submitted to the Doctors and Dentists Review Body (DDRB), which will look at all evidence from doctors, dentists and other bodies before making a recommendation to the government by how much pay should rise.

September 4, 2008
NHS hospitals to have assets underwritten by government to stop them going bust

Hospitals belonging to the NHS will have their assets underwritten by the government in a bid to stop them going bust and ending up in court, it has been reported.

The Department of Health document leaked to the Health Service Journal (HSJ) describes how the government intends to help NHS hospitals which are failing financially and struggling with patient quality care.

According to the paper, which is to be published for public consultation, trusts will be advised on how to avoid insolvency.

August 28, 2008
New figures released by Department of Health highlight excellent start to the year for NHS

The UK's NHS is expected to end the financial year with a GBP 1.75 billion surplus, according to figures from the Department of Health.

The figure for 2008/09 is a forecast based on data from the first three months of the financial year.

The Government said the surplus – predicted to be about 2% of the overall NHS budget – was in line with expectations and would "stay within the NHS to improve patient care".

The gross deficit of the NHS is predicted to be GBP 45 million at the end of the year, down from an actual GBP 125 million at the end of 2007/08.

July 7, 2008
Limited reimbursement is dampening remote patient monitoring market potential in Europe

The European remote patient monitoring market is growing but slowed by limited government reimbursement, reveals research from Frost & Sullivan.

The market earned revenue stood at USD 175.0 million in 2007 and is estimated to reach USD 400.0 million by 2014.

Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Janani Narasimhan said: "The heightened demands of an ageing population and a related increase in chronic diseases are encouraging market growth.

June 12, 2008
The Government has announced the building of a further three community hospitals

The British government has announced a further three community hospitals as part of the biggest health building plan in the history of the National Health Service (NHS).

Health minister Ben Bradshaw said the schemes would all be in the south east of England and have a total capital value of £76.3m, of which £23.5m would come from the community hospitals programme.

June 4, 2008
The Government should release the NHS from central control, the leader of the BMA has said

The Government should stop meddling, take its "hands off" the country's National Health Service (NHS) and release it from central political control, the leader of the UK's hospital consultants has said.

Dr Jonathan Fielden, chairman of the British Medical Association's consultants committee, said doctors no longer trust the Government to run the NHS in England and criticise policies that lack vision and leadership.

He told the annual UK consultants' conference: "This Government has placed too much emphasis on central political control.

June 2, 2008
Thousands of hospital workers in the UK have rejected a three-year pay deal

Thousands of hospital workers in the UK have rejected a three-year pay deal, setting themselves on a collision course with the government.

The GMB union, which represents 25,000 National Health Service (NHS) staff, said members voted against the three-year  pay offer by more than 96%, with ambulance workers rejecting the deal by 97% in a separate ballot.

February 21, 2008
The British Medical Association (BMA) today called for the UK government to have less say in the day-to-day running of the National Health Service (NHS) in England

The British Medical Association (BMA) today called for the UK government to have less say in the day-to-day running of the National Health Service (NHS) in England.
In the first of a series of discussion papers on NHS reform in England, the BMA proposes a formal constitution for the NHS, and with it greater independence from party politics. The paper argues that health professionals, in consultation with patients, should have much greater involvement in the management of the NHS.

Dr Hamish Meldrum, Chairman of Council at the BMA, said: