Category Archives: Health

Jeremy Hunt agrees to ACAS talks with junior doctors

From The Guardian: The government will agree to talks with Acas in an attempt to avoid strike action by thousands of junior doctors, Jeremy Hunt has said. In a letter to the chairman of the British Medical Association (BMA), the … Continue reading

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Child health services in Wiltshire privatised in Virgin Care deal

From Salisbury Journal: Community child health services will be fully privatised in Wiltshire in April — in a deal worth almost £13million. Until now, most of the services, which include health visiting, children’s community nursing, and speech and language therapy, … Continue reading

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Boots, Tesco and Superdrug to get access to NHS medical records

From The Telegraph: High street pharmacies such as Boots, Tesco and Superdrug will be given access to NHS medical records, under a national scheme which privacy campaigners fear could expose patients to “hard sell” tactics. Health officials have drawn up … Continue reading

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Privately run NHS hospital seeks £9.6m government bailout

From BBC News: The first privately-managed NHS hospital in the country has applied for a £9.6m government bailout. Healthcare company Circle signed a 10-year contract to run Hinchingbooke Hospital in Cambridgeshire in 2012. Last month Circle said it would end … Continue reading

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England’s biggest hospitals veto NHS budget over patient safety fears

From The Guardian: Hospitals that provide 75% of all NHS services refuse to sign deal, saying £1.7bn cuts involved will put patient care at risk. England’s biggest hospitals are refusing to sign off their annual budget deal with the NHS, … Continue reading

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Red cross called in to help Sheffield hospital

From BBC News: Two Red Cross ambulances have been called in to help tackle the demand on emergency services at an NHS trust. Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said it was the first time the Red Cross had transported … Continue reading

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Four jailed over £1.1m Basildon Hospital scam

From BBC News: Four health experts who executed a “well-planned” fraud at a hospital they nicknamed “Bas Vegas” have been jailed. The group billed the NHS £1.1m for their firm’s heart and lung services but only worked half their contracted … Continue reading

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£200m paid to private care companies ‘to keep NI health afloat’

From BBC News: More than £200m has been paid to private health care companies in order to keep the health service in Northern Ireland afloat, according to documents seen by the BBC. Four years ago, the annual bill for private … Continue reading

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NHS plans rapid expansion of ‘doctor’s assistant’ jobs

From BBC News: The NHS is to rapidly expand the number of people in “doctor’s assistant” roles. Physician associates are usually science graduates who have two years of intense training. However, some concern has been raised that the more junior … Continue reading

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Whole organ ‘grown’ in world first

From BBC News: A whole functional organ has been grown from scratch inside an animal for the first time, say researchers in Scotland. A group of cells developed into a thymus – a critical part of the immune system – … Continue reading

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