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Procurement tower contracts may go to existing providers
20 Oct 2017

Which providers are most likely to win procurement tower contracts? Up to six large 'procurement towers' contracts for procuring of everyday and high value healthcare consumables worth £112m may be awarded to two current purchasing providers. Sources are said to have told Health...

Bedfordshire to move swiftly on merger
20 Oct 2017

Merger could go ahead by April if regulators approve Two Bedfordshire hospitals have set out an ambitious plan to merge by April. Bedford Hospital Trust and Luton and Dunstable University Hospital Foundation are consulting staff and the public now. They will submit a business case in December...

Cancer services improving, says report
20 Oct 2017

Will all patients get the full benefit of improvements? Cancer survival rates are the highest ever and patients are reporting that care is good, said NHS national cancer director Cally Palmer. According to Achieving world-class cancer outcomes – progress report 2016/17, the NHS is on...

Waiting lists to benefit private providers
20 Oct 2017

Could lengthening NHS waiting lists be a boon for independent providers? Jim Easton, managing director of Care UK, says that independent providers are seeing more work from the NHS in recent years and that this trend is set to continue. Care UK is an independent provider of health and social...

Better care for bowel surgery patients saves £30m a year
20 Oct 2017

How is bowel surgery care saving the NHS money? Average hospital stays for emergency bowel surgery patients have been cut from 19.2 days in 2013 to 16.6 days in 2016. A report claims this saves the NHS about £30m annually. The National emergency laparotomy audit (NELA), from the Royal...

SMC head admits expensive drugs mean less money for other NHS activity in Scotland
20 Oct 2017

Can Scottish NHS afford expensive cancer treatments approved by SMC? The chairman of the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC), which rules on which drugs should be available on the NHS in Scotland, has admitted that paying for expensive cancer drugs may come at the expense of other NHS services...

Health and Social Care Board supports trusts in controversial cost-cutting measures in Northern Ireland
20 Oct 2017

Will cost-cutting on prescribing harm patients in Northern Ireland? The Health and Social Care Board has backed controversial proposals to help meet a funding gap in the health service in Northern Ireland. This includes a proposal from the Belfast Trust to substitute three expensive drug treatments...

Medicines regulation and public health should be Brexit priority, warns Wellcome Trust director
13 Oct 2017

Why should international collaboration on public health and medicines regulation be the next item for the Brexit negotiations? It is vital that we protect regulatory co-operation and create an environment post-Brexit in which medical innovation can succeed Wellcome Trust director Dr Jeremy Farrar...

CQC says health and social care is mostly good but has uncertain future
13 Oct 2017

How can services maintain and improve standards? The quality of healthcare across the country is mostly good despite facing increasing pressures, says State of Care 2016/17, the annual assessment of health and social care in England by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The report says the...

Most NHS leaders 'extremely concerned' about coming winter
13 Oct 2017

How do NHS leaders view the coming winter? An NHS Confederation survey has revealed that more than 90% of 130 health and care leaders across England are 'concerned' about their organisation's ability to cope the coming winter, with 62% 'extremely concerned'.  Confederation...