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November 20, 2015
There has been a 4.4% reduction in the uptake of the flu vaccine by frontline healthcare staff, compared to this time last year, Public Health England revealed

There has been a 4.4% reduction in the uptake of the flu vaccine by frontline healthcare staff, compared to this time last year, Public Health England revealed.

The first indication of this year’s uptake shows 32.4% of frontline healthcare workers had influenza vaccinations in September and October 2015, a 4.4% reduction compared to this time last year at 36.8%.

October 8, 2015
Around 40% of NHS staff sickness absence is due to musculo-skeletal disorders (MSDs) according to NHS Employers, which has outlined a strategy to avoid this problem

Around 40% of NHS staff sickness absence is due to musculo-skeletal disorders (MSDs) according to NHS Employers, which has outlined a strategy to avoid this problem.

MSDs include back, arm, and neck pain, as well as diseases of the joints, and can be caused by work-related injuries, however “early intervention can make a big difference”, the employment body said today, as part of a campaign for Back Care Awareness Week.

June 14, 2011
Changes to Health Bill include 'clinical commissioning groups' instead of 'GP-led consortia'

The government announced that it would be accepting the core recommendations in the report from NHS Future Forum following an eight-week 'pause' in the Health and Social Care Bill to listen to concerns from NHS staff and patients.

The changes announced today include:

February 11, 2011
Freedom from the ‘dead hand of Whitehall’ is what lies behind the Government’s plans for the public sector according to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

Freedom from the 'dead hand of Whitehall' is what lies behind the Government's plans for the public sector according to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

 

February 1, 2011
The Government's NHS reform plans have proved unpopular with doctors, with six out of 10 disagreeing with the proposals, a survey for the Royal College of GPs has revealed.

The Government's NHS reform plans have proved unpopular with doctors, with six out of 10 disagreeing with the proposals, a survey for the Royal College of GPs has revealed.

The poll highlights how many GPs are unconvinced that patient care will improve under the plans, which will see them take responsibility for around £80 billion of NHS funds.

January 25, 2011
Plans to free up GPs' surgeries could see patients told to email their doctor and describe their symptoms, it has been reported.

Plans to free up GPs' surgeries could see patients told to email their doctor and describe their symptoms, it has been reported.

Patients would be asked to electronically submit a description of their condition, which would be answered by doctors later in the day, under the system reportedly being considered by ministers.

Doctors would then advise their patients to attend an appointment or arrange a home visit only if they believed the symptoms were serious enough.

January 24, 2011
Fraud investigations in the NHS have increased by 37 per cent in the last three years, according to official figures.

Fraud investigations in the NHS have increased by 37 per cent in the last three years, according to official figures.

The NHS Counter Fraud Service revealed that the amount of potential fraud detected and probed rose amid the economic downturn, from 351 in 2007/08 to 415 in 2008/09 and reached 482 in 2009/10.

The value of the fraud and unlawful action identified was £4.1 million in 2007/08, £16.2 million a year later and £10.9 million in 2009/10.

January 24, 2011
Government plans to tackle cheap supermarket alcohol prices have been branded a "huge disappointment" by a senior Liberal Democrat.

Government plans to tackle cheap supermarket alcohol prices have been branded a "huge disappointment" by a senior Liberal Democrat.

Bath MP Don Foster said efforts to deal with "pocket money-priced" drinks had not gone far enough and called for a Commons debate on the issue.

Mr Foster insisted that Home Office ministers needed to face up to questions about their decision to only ban the sale of alcohol below cost price - defined in coalition proposals as duty plus VAT.

August 3, 2010
NHS Scotland soon to launch website and non-emergency telephone helpline to give people general advice on a number of health issues

The new NHS one-stop health advice service will be launched by Scottish Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon today.

The website and non-emergency telephone helpline is designed to give people across Scotland the chance to get general advice on a number of health issues. These include everything from alcohol consumption to finding a dentist.

Plans are also in place to launch a face-to-face information centre, although a date is yet to be set for that to happen.

The new service, which comes at a cost of £550,000, will be run by NHS 24.

December 14, 2009
Hospital items including a mobile scanner, ambulance satellite navigation systems and laughing gas have been taken, say security chiefs

The NHS has revealed that an increasing number of thieves have been targeting hospitals, causing unnecessary expense and delaying patients' treatment.

Items including a mobile scanner, ambulance satellite navigation systems and laughing gas have been taken, as well as patients' belongings.

Security chiefs described the thefts as a "real problem", and have asked trusts to detail any thefts in their area.

August 14, 2008
The UK government has largely ignored lessons to be learnt from 60 years of NHS reorganisation leading to failures in the system, argues health expert

The UK government has largely ignored lessons to be learnt from 60 years of NHS reorganisation leading to failures in the system, argues professor David Hunter, a professor of health policy and management with Durham University.

In his book, The Health Debate, to be published by at the University of Bristol, he analyses the challenges faced by the NHS.

August 1, 2008
A van transporting doctors' letters and patient samples has been stolen

Hazardous materials were being carried by a health service van stolen from outside a doctors' surgery in Kent.

It was also transporting letters between consultants and doctors from several local surgeries when it was taken from outside the Central Surgery in Cheriton Road, Folkestone.

It is understood the driver left the keys in the ignition when he went in to the surgery. The van also contained a tray of 25 sample pots and needles which, although sterile and securely packaged, could be harmful.

July 8, 2008
A liberal think tank has condemned comments by the BMA's chairman that private firms being allowed to run aspects of the NHS means the service is being run like a "shoddy supermarket war"

A liberal think tank has condemned comments by the BMA's chairman that private firms being allowed to run aspects of the NHS means the service is being run like a "shoddy supermarket war".

The director of Progressive Vision, Shane Frith, said the NHS should be run more like supermarkets, not less. He branded Dr Hamish Meldrum's (pictured) remarks to the BMA's annual conference in Edinburgh as "ridiculous", adding that supermarket competition was "neither shoddy nor warlike".

June 27, 2008
Doctors from the past and present are featured in a new BMA publication commemorating the 60th birthday of the NHS

Doctors from the past and present are featured in a new British Medical Association (BMA) publication commemorating the 60th birthday of the NHS. "Looking Back Looking Forward" highlights key milestones in NHS history and honours doctors' contribution to medicine and healthcare over the last 60 years.

June 13, 2008
The UK system of general practice is the envy of the Western World, says chairman of the BMA's Scottish General Practitioners Committee

As GPs from across the UK gathered in London today for the Annual Conference of Local Medical Committees, Dr Dean Marshall, chairman of the BMA’s Scottish General Practitioners Committee called on government to value general practice as the cornerstone of the modern NHS. He said:

"The UK system of general practice is the envy of the Western World. It is the cornerstone of the NHS which was formed 60 years ago under the principle of providing care, free to all, from cradle to grave. Nowhere is that more true than in general practice.  

June 13, 2008
NHS system reforms have improved management of the health service but need more time to deliver significant benefits for patients

NHS system reforms have improved management of the health service but need more time to deliver significant benefits for patients.

This is the main finding of a report Is the treatment working? Progress with the NHS system reform programme published jointly yesterday by the Audit Commission and the Healthcare Commission.

January 3, 2008
Tory leader says people should be given a choice of GP and which hospital they use

Tory leader David Cameron has vowed to let patients choose their GPs, as he announced a raft of measures designed to make the Conservatives "the party of the NHS".

Under the proposals, he said that people should be given a choice of GP, and be able to choose which hospital they use for further treatment.

And he also confirmed plans to dock payments to hospitals if patients contract infections such as the MRSA superbug during their treatment.

Mr Cameron said: "The best way to enhance the power of patients is through the mechanism of choice.

January 2, 2008
NHS Confederation chief says devolution has led to a "complete split in philosophy" in the NHS

Devolution has led to four "different" health systems operating in the UK, according to the head of a charity which represents NHS organisations.

Dr Gill Morgan, the chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said services now differ between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

She told the BBC: "We basically have four different systems albeit with the same set of values.

December 19, 2007
Alan Johnson says allowing nurse to pay privately for drugs and get NHS treatment would lead to "two-tier" health service

Alan Johnson has refused to back down over calls for a cancer patient to be allowed to pay for top-up drugs without having her NHS treatment stopped.

The Health Secretary said permitting her to do so will effectively lead to a two-tier health service.

He was responding to reports that a former nurse, Colette Mills, will be denied free NHS treatment for breast cancer if she seeks to improve her chances of surviving the disease by paying privately for an additional drug.

November 22, 2007
Experts have calculated that a record £1.8bn will be left over from this year's NHS budget

A new report claims that the NHS will underspend by a record £1.8bn in 2007-08.

According to the Health Service Journal (HSJ), which published the report, that figure is more than triple the £510m surplus which was recorded in 2006-07.

The HSJ suggests that the figure is partly made up of money which has been "top-sliced" by Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs) from the budgets of Primary Care Trusts (PCTs).

November 16, 2007
BMA chairman welcomes the government's "turnaround" on independent schemes, and calls for "common sense on private provision in the NHS"

Dr Jonathan Fielden, chairman of the BMA's Consultants Committee, has accused the government of wasting money on independent schemes, saying that the idea such schemes can help the NHS is a "fallacy".

Commenting on the government's announcement that several NHS private sector schemes in England will not go ahead, Dr Fielden says: "It's a crying shame that so much money has been wasted on this political initiative when the NHS could have achieved better value for money.

November 7, 2007
Unite/CPHVA say they do not want the government to undercut the PRB pay recommendations

The health union Unite/CPHVA has warned government ministers not to hijack NHS pay negotiations by proposing a below inflation pay award for 2008 before the results of the independent Pay Review Body (PRB) have come through.

Unite/CPHVA say they are angry that the government has proposed to the PRB only a 2% increase for nurses, midwives and therapists.

They are concerned that 2008 will bring a repetition of last year's pay negotiations where the PRB recommended a 2.5% pay increase but ministers imposed a staged increase worth 1.9% per year.

November 6, 2007
Unite demands that profits are declared so they can be assessed on providing value for money

Private contractors working in the NHS should disclose how much profit they are making, the union Unite claims.

The trade organisation said commercial confidentiality means that few details are  available to evaluate if private companies are providing value for money.

It believes the only government figures available on non-NHS provision of healthcare is £4.1bn for 2004–05, which accounts for just 5.6% of the total NHS spend for that period.

October 4, 2007
NHS Direct online service highly praised in an annual survey of EU healthcare

NHS Direct has been singled out in the 2007 Euro Health Consumer Index for 2007 as a "star performer on healthcare information".

Visits to the NHS Direct website have been steadily climbing in the past year and now stand at 2.35 million, up from 1.89 million in July.

September visits to the site are also 17.5% higher than the 2 million monthly target and 23.4% higher than in July.

Ronnette Lucraft, NHS Direct commercial director, said: "We are delighted to have been highlighted in the Index.