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Patient medical data to be uploaded to centralised system

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NHS Digital has been set up to collect data from GP practices, to help support care and research. It supplies information and data to the health service, provides technological infrastructure, and helps different parts of health and care work together. ...

Case of mistaken identity leads to wrong medical procedure

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NHS England have a list of ‘never events’. This is a list to help providers ensure they give patients ‘safe, high quality, compassionate care within local health systems that are financially sustainable’. The ‘never...

State benefits and medical negligence claims

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Often when you’ve suffered medical negligence you’re quite badly injured or have such significant symptoms that you’re not able to work, you’ve notified the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and they grant you access to...

NHS to trial blood test with potential to identify cancer

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The NHS have announced that they are ready to trial a blood test which has been developed by Californian firm, Grail. This blood test has the potential to identify over 50 forms of cancer by detecting molecular changes in the blood caused by cancer in...

Home-testing proposed for NHS staff

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In June this year, the President of the Royal College of Surgeons, Professor Derek Alderson, was speaking at the Health Select Committee meeting about getting the necessary steps and checks in place to get the broader NHS services back up and running...

New database will allow information to be shared between hospitals

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Sir Bruce Keogh, former NHS England Medical Director, has developed a new information platform with the Independent Healthcare Providers Network. The database is designed to be a secure system to allow information to be shared between hospitals (private...

All GP practices due to be connected to NHS app by 1st July

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With so many locations and staff across the country, plus an increase in patients, centralising information and promoting access to it has long been an objective for the NHS. NHSX was established, a new joint unit “to take forward digital...

Investigation underway to determine if the deaths of five eating disorder patients were avoidable

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In 2017, the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) raised concerns that the NHS may be missing opportunities to assist patients with eating disorders. They published a report: “Ignoring the alarms: how NHS eating disorder services are...

NHS staffing shortages causing concern

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A group of leading think tanks have produced a joint paper predicting that more patients are going to be directed to a pharmacist or physiotherapist over the next decade rather than being seen by their GP, due to doctor shortages. In a joint...

Guidelines updated for the diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer

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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have updated their guidance on diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths in the UK. It mainly affects people who are...

The Care Quality Commission demands improvements to detox clinics

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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) published a briefing, developed with Public Health England (PHE) on 30 November 2017, demanding improvements to residential detox clinics. They raised serious concerns that people who are addicted to alcohol or drugs...

MPs accuse NHS of reluctance to admit mistakes

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MPs have accused the NHS of causing the costs of clinical negligence claims to spiral because there is a reluctance to admit mistakes when they have been made. The Law Society Gazette reports that cases now take, on average, 426 days to resolve, whereas...

GP appointments under ten minutes may not be long enough

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GPs have labelled short consultations in the NHS ‘crazy’ and say that the length of appointments risks undermining care if more patients are pushed out of hospitals, the BBC reports. The average length of a consultation in the UK is...

Over 23,000 allegations of abuse made against home carers

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BBC Radio 4 submitted a Freedom of Information (FOI) request for their programme ‘File on 4’, which revealed over 23,000 allegations of abuse have been made against home care workers across the UK. Prosecutions, however, are rare. The...