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The NHS in England has announced eight new further ''vanguard'' projects aimed at driving forward more integration between health and social care. The move will see the "transformation" of urgent and emergency care for more than nine million people by changing the way organisations work together to provide care in…
A young woman and her mother have vowed to continue their legal fight for women from Northern Ireland to receive free abortions on the NHS in England. Their lawyer announced that they "do not intend to give up" after their case was rejected by three judges at the Court of…
Patients have provided "thousands of shocking stories" about being discharged from hospital without the right care and support. Healthwatch England said its report has uncovered a "number of common basic failings" including hospitals not routinely asking patients if they have anywhere to be discharged to, details of new medications not…
A new plan to strengthen the primary care workforce to deliver new models of care and look after more people close to their homes has been published by Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford. The primary care workforce plan will be backed by an extra £4.5m of funding as…
More than 60 per cent of NHS trust finance directors think controls on agency spending announced in June will not significantly reduce the amount spent on agency staff, according to the latest quarterly monitoring report from The King’s Fund. Only one in ten trusts surveyed thought the controls, which set…
The use of temporary agency staff in the NHS is not a new story, but recently re-appeared after Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, admitted that hospitals were over spending on agency staff to the tune of £1.8 billion in 2014 – twice the the amount that was budgeted…
Seventeen healthcare pioneers are due to find out that their inventions are to be rolled out to patients, hospitals and GP practices across England. A smartphone heart monitor, a tool to diagnose liver disease and a ground-breaking genetic research programme that allows doctors to diagnose, predict and prevent illnesses more…
A £10m investment to improve NHS services for major health conditions such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke has been announced by Deputy Health Minister Vaughan Gething. The investment by the Welsh Government will also improve liver, critical care, neurological, respiratory, end-of-life care and mental health services across Wales.…
New immigration rules that mean migrants must be earning £35,000 or more to stay in the UK after six years will cost millions of pounds to the NHS and compromise patient safety, a nurses' union has warned. The new measures, which apply to people from outside the European Economic Area…
NHS England, the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) and the University of Bristol have announced the world’s first national programme to review premature deaths of people with learning disabilities. The three-year project will be the first comprehensive, national review set up to get to the bottom of why people with…
NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens has thrown down a challenge to the health sector to open up suitable job opportunities to people with learning disabilities. To mark Learning Disability Week, NHS Employers and NHS England are launching a new national network providing advice, ideas and impetus to all NHS…
Health spending should be diverted to improving social care for the elderly, according to the body representing independent care services in Scotland. Scottish Care has called on politicians to tackle the 'taboo' of NHS spending saying investment in social care would improve lives and cut hospital admissions. Speaking ahead of…