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NHS England to get 3.4% funding rise
22 Jun 2018

What difference will the funding make to healthcare? The Government has agreed to increase NHS England's budget by an average of 3.4% over the next five years. The move, which follows increases averaging 1% in the years since 2010, was announced by Prime Minister Theresa May during a BBC...

New money and legislation to boost NHS England's health reform plans
22 Jun 2018

How is the Government planning to enable the next round of health reform? NHS England led by chief executive Simon Stevens is to draw up a 10-year plan to make improvements to services using the extra funding announced by Prime Minister Theresa May. In a BBC interview she said the increase...

Surgery waiting lists hit 10-year high
22 Jun 2018

Are elective care waits still being affected by winter pressures? NHS waiting lists for elective treatment reached a 10-year high in April, according to an analysis by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). After NHS England published statistics about the latest referral to treatment (RTT) waiting...

Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch report calls for changes to eliminate implant never events
22 Jun 2018

What would improve safety for patients receiving implants? The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch's (HSIB's) first report has called for a new national scanning system to ensure the correct prosthetics implants before they are put into patients. The agency was set up in April...

King's Fund calls for action on mental health staffing problems
22 Jun 2018

What are the prospects for effective action on mental health workforce problems? The mental healthcare workforce must be a priority in developing the health service's long-term plans, policy analysts working with the highly respected King's Fund have warned. Responding to an All-Party...

Three acute trusts to form alliance in the South West
22 Jun 2018

How is the new alliance planning to tackle its problems? Royal United Hospitals Bath Foundation Trust, Great Western Hospitals FT and Salisbury FT are forming an alliance aimed at improving clinical services. The alliance will also aim to deal with discrepancies in provision and financial...

Scots with very rare conditions to get faster access to new treatments
22 Jun 2018

Will the new ultra-orphan definition improve access to medicines in Scotland? Patients in Scotland with very rare conditions should get earlier access to new medicines due to changes in funding rules. The Scottish Government is introducing a new definition for 'ultra-orphan' medicines,...

Scots health service could receive £2bn Treasury boost
22 Jun 2018

How will the Scottish Government use the £2bn Barnett formula funding boost? Scottish finance secretary Derek Mackay has asked the UK Government to guarantee that Scotland will receive £2bn as a result of decision to boost NHS England funding by £20bn this week. Prime Minister...

Health service in Northern Ireland could be in line for £600 million budget boost
22 Jun 2018

Will health services in Northern Ireland benefit from Brexit dividend? Northern Ireland’s health and care services could be in line for a significant budget boost following the announcement of additional funding for the NHS in England. The BBC has reported that under the Barnett formula...

MPs say legislation hinders integration drive
15 Jun 2018

Is the Health and Social Care Act 2012 preventing the NHS integrating services? MPs say integration of health services and the organisations attempting to plan and deliver it are often hampered by current legislation, in particular the Health and Social Care Act 2012. A Health and Social Care...