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Changing hospitals, Changing care

NHS hospital activity has increased by 38% in the last ten years. The biggest rises are disproportionately as follows (NHS Information Centre): 3,642,940 stays for patients aged 60 to 74; a 48 per cent rise on 1999/2000 (2,463,170) 3,837,990 stays … Continue reading

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The Agency Worker, Information Revolution and Boorman’s NHS

Amid the horror story that emerged today about the agency nurse who switched off her patients ventilator, further leads to big questions about the provision and quality of care by agency staff. The failure in this case was that this … Continue reading

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Labour Conference asks who pays?

Sitting in a crowded room on the third day on Labour Party Conference 2010. In the Manchester ‘Gmax’ in a drafty marquee away from the main auditorium, 5 key commentator’s grapple with an issue….One so big that no one as … Continue reading

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2020health’s response to government’s announcement on NPfIT

Some welcome news but we need more detail! 2020health welcomes today’s announcement from the Government about the future of the National Programme for IT in the NHS.  We are pleased to see that the way forward appears consistent with the recommendations … Continue reading

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FSA + Change4life + Jamie Oliver = Public Health?

There has been outcry at the likely demise of the Food Standards Agency as a signal of turning a blind eye on the nation’s nutrition. But as Deborah Orr comments today we simply cannot lament every cut. We need to … Continue reading

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NHS Operating Framework – What about that £15-20 billion?

Yesterday a revised NHS Operating Framework was announced with immediate effect, declaring  greater joint working between PCTs and Local Authorities, removal of process targets which banishes the 18 week elective wait but has held back from the 4hour A&E deadline … Continue reading

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The Work Stress Balance

In a recent study by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists revealed that out of a sample of 3000, more than a third worked through their lunch breaks and a quarter took no lunch break at all. In our recent research, … Continue reading

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Playing Prescription Swapsies

In the news this week it has been highlighted just how many people will give unused prescriptions drugs to friends and relatives.  The survey carried out by a leading pharmacy suggests that this could be as high as 16% of … Continue reading

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Dis-Connecting threatens health NHS warns

Amid concerns of that a hung parliament will hamper NHS IT reform, there has been scaremongering, GP confusion and a lack of patient information threats to the summary care records (SCR) network. The NHS Connecting for Health website issued a … Continue reading

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Branded vs. generic debate continues

The debate around cutting costs had taken a view that by swapping branded drugs for generics will somehow help the NHS make £20 billion of savings, is disproportionate and ill informed. In a really interesting survey carried out by the … Continue reading

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