People With Rare Diseases Get ‘Unequal Treatment’ From ‘Inflexible’ NHS Drug Regulator, Warns Report Calling For System Reform

    By Vanessa Chalmers in The Daily Mail.   The NHS drug regulator has been branded ‘inflexible’ when it comes to approving medicines for rare diseases in a report calling for it to be reformed. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) gives guidance on how to improve health care, including advising on how […]

The UK Has Serious Shortage Of Wheelchairs And People Are ‘Trapped’ In Their Homes, Red Cross Warns

  By Benjamin Butterworth in iNews.   Millions of people risk being “trapped” in their own homes because they are left without wheelchairs as they recover from illness, the British Red Cross has warned. The charity found that while most people needing a wheelchair for more than six months had been offered one, more than […]

How To Future-Proof The NHS – Copy The Bank Of England

    By Anne Marie Rafferty and Jonathan Grant in The Conversation.   Faced with an ageing population and funding pressures, fresh thinking is needed to brace the NHS for what lies ahead. Perhaps the answer to some of the impending problems in health policy can be solved with a relatively old idea adapted from the world of monetary […]

NHS Chief Tells Hospitals To Brace Themselves For Winter After Heavy Flu Outbreak In Australia

  By Paul Gallagher in iNews.   Hospitals should brace themselves for a “pressurised” flu season this winter, the head of the NHS has warned. NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens said there had been a “heavy flu outbreak” in the Southern Hemisphere during its winter where hospitals in Australia and New Zealand struggled to […]

Why Nurses Should Undertake More Research

      By Cathy Henshall in The Conversation.   Nursing research is becoming ever more important in UK healthcare due to an increasing ageing population which means that more people are living with long-term conditions and chronic illnesses. Nursing research can help address the healthcare needs of these patients, enhancing their health and well-being […]

Virgin Care Wins £700m Contract To Run 200 NHS And Social Care Services

  By Denis Campbell in The Guardian.   Sir Richard Branson’s health firm, Virgin Care, has won a £700m contract to deliver 200 types of NHS and social care services to more than 200,000 people in Bath and north-east Somerset. The contract, which was approved on Thursday, has sparked new fears about private health firms […]

Pharma Use Loophole To Hike Up The Price Of Drugs – So Why Doesn’t The NHS Stop It?

A story by Chris Ford, Lecturer in Accounting & Management, Lancaster University. A recent Sunday Times expose of drug price rises in the NHS revealed that drug companies were exploiting a loophole that allowed them to charge up to 2,358% more for medicines through a process called “debranding”. Because the NHS has strict rules governing […]

NHS Staff Abuse

Having spoken at length with a few close friends, two with ME and one with the same terminal condition as myself. We got onto the subject of the seemingly endless barrage of posters, flyers and leaflets regarding the issue of abuse, both verbal and physical towards NHS staff. Whilst I agree totally that nobody, whether […]

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