Category Archives: NHS reforms

The challenge remains: healthcare needs reform

Comment by Robin Millar, Acting Chief Executive, 2020health On a day of changing faces around the Cabinet table, the Prime Minister has retained Jeremy Hunt as Secretary of State for Health – and he has retained the challenge of reforming the NHS. The pressures … Continue reading

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Junior Doctors’ Strike: ‘A question mark over NHS’ future’

The fundamental problem with the junior doctors’ dispute is that the contract negotiations are being undertaken in isolation from: i) sensible practical considerations ii) financial reality iii) international situation i) Practicalities 1. All weekend staffing needs to be reviewed if … Continue reading

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Hospital inspections: lessons to be learnt

The programme of independent hospital inspections carried out by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) was made tougher in September 2013. During the first year to the end of August 2014 under the new arrangements 38 NHS acute trusts (each comprising … Continue reading

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Extraordinary confessions, a rare strike and a plan

It’s busy in health news today. There’s the NHS strike over pay –  the BBC’s Norman Smith has just reported (at 7.40am) that “Health sec Jeremy Hunt says will sit down and negotiate with NHS unions if they agree to … Continue reading

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Medical advisory body “NICE” should not spend too much time valuing drugs.

The UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (“NICE”) is currently holding a public consultation over its proposals for evaluating drugs. Drugs that are approved by NICE automatically become available for doctors to prescribe under the NHS throughout England … Continue reading

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Integration versus integration

Guest blog by David Boot, Editor, Healthcare and Life Sciences, Novares At the end of July the Care Bill sluggishly completed its Committee Stage in the House of Lords, making it an ideal time to reflect on the social care … Continue reading

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2020health comment on The Cavendish Review

The Cavendish Review “An Independent Review into Healthcare Assistants and Support Workers in the NHS and social care settings” is published today. 2020health comments: We support the recommendations made  and believe this is a first step towards improving the care … Continue reading

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Sir David must not be untouchable

Commenting on the revelation that Sir David Nicholson presided over 50 gagging orders of NHS staff Julia Manning, CEO of 2020health said: “Nothing surprises us about Sir David; we are just incredibly saddened that a public servant completely ignores his … Continue reading

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Are we about to relegate washing and feeding to the unqualified?

Guest blog post by Gail Beer, Director of Operations, 2020health The Royal College  of Nursing has come out firmly against the proposal  that  those wishing to enter the nursing profession should work for a year as a Health Care Assistant. … Continue reading

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The Rising from the Ashes: Time for Public Health to Stand up and be counted

By Gail Beer, Director of Operations, 2020health Gail Beer was interviewed by BBC Kent about the NHS reforms and their implications for Kent County Council, who will be taking control of public health. Listen to the interview here (starts at 1:08:00).  … Continue reading

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