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May's election bombshell triggers questions over NHS
21 Apr 2017

How will the NHS fare after the general election? This week Prime Minister Theresa May dropped a bomb into the UK political arena by calling a general election for 8 June, supported by a majority of MPs. At once, this contradicted her regular promise not to call for a national vote before...

Tougher testing for medical devices
21 Apr 2017

What EU legislation prevent patient harm? New European Parliament legislation aims to ensure that devices and in vitro diagnostic devices undergo rigorous testing before they reach the market. The changes, which are the result of five years of work, are intended to: improve the quality, safety...

Health service reacts to snap general election announcement
21 Apr 2017

How did the health service react to the announcement of an 8 June general election? The surprise announcement of a General election for 8 June spurred many NHS bodies to make the case for a change of policy for the health service. The following are a few examples. BMA BMA council chair...

Analysis suggests some STPs will be hit by new demands for cost cutting
21 Apr 2017

Why are new service cuts predicted for some STPs? An analysis of sustainability and transformation partnership (STP) overspends, 'control total' financial targets and allocations for 2016/17 claims to have identified those likeliest to be targeted for cuts. The analysis by HSJ editors...

Trust chiefs argue over the viability of big hospital chains
21 Apr 2017

Can large hospital chains work? New University College London Hospitals Foundation Trust chief executive Professor Marcel Levi (pictured) has told journalists he sees problems with the hospital chain model. The trust he leads will instead seek to form provider alliances, he told the HSJ. Professor...

NHS Digital bids to increase innovation scorecard transparency
21 Apr 2017

Will an improved scorecard help improve efficiency in the NHS? NHS Digital has launched what it hopes is an improved innovation scorecard it says will make it easier to see uptake of pharmaceutical products and medical innovations in the NHS. The scorecard records the use of medicines...

London CCG plans to restrict access to some treatments
21 Apr 2017

Which London commissioner is consulting on restrictions to services and specific treatments? A London clinical commissioning group (CCG) is consulting on changes to planned services and specific treatments with the aim of saving up to £500,000. Greenwich CCG says any changes resulting...

More pharmacists to be located in GP surgeries
21 Apr 2017

Will success of general practice based pharmacists ease GP workload in the long term? NHS England says 1,500 more pharmacists will be based in 700 GP surgeries in England by 2020/21 providing care for up to 6m patients. More than 490 clinical pharmacists already work in about 650 GP practices...

London GP federation loses contract to private provider
21 Apr 2017

Are commissioners favouring private organisations over GP federations? The contract for extended hours GP services in Camden has been awarded to a private provider, rather than to the GP federation that has been running the service until now. Camden Clinical Commissioning Group joined four...

Latest technologies to receive funding in Wales
21 Apr 2017

Will the projects chosen to receive funds help improve the standards of health and social care? Funding has been granted for the implementation of 11 healthcare technologies in Wales. The successful projects beat off competition from 142 applicants to win a share of £7.3m from the efficiency...