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December 12, 2018
The Government has chosen England’s chief pharmacist to look into ‘problematic’ overprescribing in the NHS, it has announced.

The Government has chosen England’s chief pharmacist to look into "problematic" overprescribing in the NHS, it has announced.
 

November 19, 2018
NHS trusts face staff shortage of more than 350,000 by 2030, think tanks warn

The NHS could have more than 350,000 vacancies by 2030 if emerging workforce trends continue, three healthcare think tanks have said.
 
The health care workforce in England: make or break?, jointly published today by The King’s Fund, the Health Foundation and the Nuffield Trust suggested that under present models of staffing there will be as many as 250,000 vacant NHS posts by 2030, rising from the current 100,000.
 

November 15, 2018

The UK's health minister told cabinet members he could not guarantee there would be no deaths if Britain exits the European Union (EU) without a deal, The Times newspaper has reported.
 
Matt Hancock made the comments during a five-hour cabinet meeting discussing the Brexit deal negotiated with the EU by Prime Minister Theresa May, according to the newspaper.
 

October 29, 2018
Medicines watchdog seizes over £2m counterfeit medicines in UK drugs bust

More than £2m worth of falsified medicines have been seized in the UK in less than three weeks, the Government’s medicines watchdog has revealed.
 
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said on Wednesday (24 October) that it intercepted one million doses of counterfeit medicines worth over £2m between 9 and 27 October including diazepam, modafinil and dermal fillers.
 

October 2, 2018

An emergency £240m cash injection will be given to the social care sector in the UK to help ease the pressure on the NHS this winter.
 
The funding will be routed through local councils and will be spent on packages of care to free up hospital beds, either through enabling people to go home quickly, or preventing older people from coming into hospital unnecessarily.
 
The plans are set to be announced today by health secretary Matt Hancock at the Conservative party conference in Birmingham.
 

September 28, 2018

Hannah Beba is a senior pharmacist practising in the diabetes and endocrinology fields at the County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust. She is also one of the charity Diabetes UK clinical champions and an independent prescriber.
 
She talks to Léa Legraien about her successes, challenges and love for the profession.
 
 
Q Why did you become a pharmacist?
 
 

August 2, 2018

The Government should consider the economic as well as health benefits of vaccinating people against flu, according to research by a think tank.
 
Research by the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) argued that flu can adversely affect productivity within the economy. The biggest economic benefit of vaccinating against the condition is the reduction of lost employment and care giving costs, which total between £90m and £270m , it said.
 

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

February 26, 2010
Nuance Communications, Inc., a leading supplier of speech solutions, today announced the appointment of Simon Manley as Sales Director Healthcare for the UK.

Nuance Communications, Inc., a leading supplier of speech solutions, today announced the appointment of Simon Manley as Sales Director Healthcare for the UK.

Simon will lead the Nuance Healthcare sales team in the region and brings with him more than eight years experience at a senior level within the industry. Formerly with McKesson, his expertise in the delivery of both patient and business related solutions at strategic level to the NHS will be invaluable to Nuance as a key ingredient for growth.

February 3, 2010
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has become the first in the UK to sign a partnership agreement with Belfast-based CIS Healthcare to develop and implement its Theriak e-prescribing system.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has become the first in the UK to sign a partnership agreement with Belfast-based CIS Healthcare to develop and implement its Theriak e-prescribing system.

The system, which is implemented in more than fifty hospitals across Europe in countries including The Netherlands, Iceland, Norway, Denmark and Austria, will be implemented in two clinical areas at the trust over the next ten months.

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.

June 4, 2009
BMA welcomes call for transparency on cost of NHS management consultants

The BMA has welcomed the Health Select Committee's call for the government to gather central information on the cost to the NHS of private management consultants.

In a speech yesterday (03.06.09), the chairman of the BMA's Consultants Committee, Dr Jonathan Fielden, called for private management consultants to be "ditched" from the NHS. According to a recent estimate, the English NHS spent £350 million on independent management consultants last year.

June 3, 2009
Hospital doctors are frequently frustrated in attempts to raise concerns about standards of care and push forward ideas, a BMA survey indicates

Hospital doctors are frequently frustrated in attempts to raise concerns about standards of care and push forward ideas, a BMA survey indicates today.

The report, Speaking up for Patients, is to be published today at the BMA’s annual Consultants Conference in London. It is based on survey responses from 565 doctors working in hospitals in England and Wales.

June 3, 2009
Direct discrimination is no longer a barrier to the career progression of women doctors in the NHS

The vast majority of medical graduates trained in Britain work in the NHS for many years, refuting claims that doctors are increasingly leaving the NHS because they are disenchanted with it, according to a study published on bmj.com today.

A second study also published today shows that direct discrimination is no longer a barrier to the career progression of women doctors in the NHS.

The findings are based on regular surveys of doctors who qualified from UK medical schools over the last 30 years.

May 18, 2009
Universal Sensors, Nottingham Trent University and Cambridge Design join forces to help in the fight against the hospital superbugs C difficile and MRSA

Universal Sensors Ltd, Nottingham Trent University and Cambridge Design Partnership have entered into a strategic alliance to develop a hand-held system to detect the hospital superbugs Clostridium difficile and MRSA. 

The collaboration is funded through the new Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), in contracts that were awarded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) under its Invention for Innovation (i4i) Programme, the results of which
were announced on 15 May 2009.

May 17, 2009
Patients at Broomfield Hospital in England now have access to some of the most advanced care in the world thanks to a new surgical robot

Patients at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, England, now have access to some of the most advanced care in the world thanks to a new surgical robot.

May 12, 2009
London Bridge Hospital has installed the UK's first Siemens MAGNETOM® Essenze MRI, joining three other Siemens MRIs currently in use at London Bridge

London Bridge Hospital, part of the HCA hospitals group, has installed the first Siemens MAGNETOM® Essenza MRI in the UK. The 1.5 tesla system will complement three other Siemens MRIs currently in use at London Bridge to provide a streamlined, coordinated imaging service.
 

December 11, 2008
800,000 NHS mistakes "in line" with health other European countries

The NHS in England and Wales is in line with the health services of other European countries in regard to the number of patients affected by mistakes, a health watchdog has said.

A database used by staff to report errors and "near misses" shows the vast majority of incidents result in low or no harm to patients, according to the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA).

November 27, 2008
Serious stabbings quadruple in five years

The number of people admitted to hospital with injuries sustained in knife attacks has shot up by nearly a third since Labour came to power, a committee of UK MPs has been told.

The Home Affairs Select Committee heard that one hospital has seen the number of seriously injured stabbing victims more than quadruple in the last five years.

Professor Karim Brohi, a trauma surgeon at Barts and the London NHS Trust, told the MPs much of the increase is due to territorial teenage gangs linked to schools or postcode areas.

July 25, 2008
UK fertility doctors believe access to fertility treatments should be conditional on lifestyle

Nearly half (47%) of UK fertility experts believe that in vitro fertilisation (IVF) should be conditional on lifestyle factors, denying the overweight and smokers treatment.

This finding comes as part of a survey of IVF experts' attitudes to some of the big topical controversies in their field. The survey has been conducted by the British Fertility Society (BFS) to mark the 30th anniversary of the birth of the first IVF baby, Louise Brown, which falls on 25 July 2008.

July 15, 2008
UK hospital asks patients and staff to consent to blood tests following tuberculosis case

A hospital has asked more than 100 of its patients and staff to take tests for tuberculosis after an elderly man was found to have the disease, a chief nurse has confirmed.

The patient, who was poorly with another illness, tested positive for TB last month during treatment at Leicester's General Hospital.

June 23, 2008
The EU President's UK representative has made an official visit to the London Breast Institute

Breast cancer detection and treatment was the focus of the European Union (EU) President's representative in the UK on an official visit to the London Breast Institute at the Princess Grace Hospital, in London.

The institute's research into breast density and the higher diagnostic success of digital mammography was explained on the tour of the facilities.

April 28, 2008
Hospital takes two months to diagnose superbug following caesarean section

A UK hospital has confirmed that a mother and her newborn baby have contracted MRSA.

Razvana Ali, 19, was diagnosed with the hospital superbug after her daughter was delivered by caesarean section at Bradford Royal Infirmary in February.

Mrs Ali suspected baby Marwha had contracted the same bug when she developed a rash on her body which began oozing.

Eventually it was confirmed Marwha had contracted the superbug.

April 28, 2008
EHR applications implemented at Newcastle Hospitals

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals, a NHS Foundation Trust in the UK, today announced an innovative partnership to deploy electronic health record (EHR) technology.

The project, the first for UPMC in the UK, is expected to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of patient care.