A survey conducted by Imperial College London (ICL) has revealed that the NHS is using at least 21 different electronic medical records systems that are unable to communicate with each other, which is posing a risk to patient safety. Researchers at ICL’s Institute of Global Health Innovation (IGHI) looked at data from 152 acute hospital
The NHS is calling on its workforce to protect themselves and their patients this year by taking up their free flu jab. Spearheaded by Ruth May, England’s chief nursing officer, the drive is aiming to help both patients and staff need to take less time off over the busy winter period, as well as making
The NHS Confederation and other UK health leaders have urged the incoming Government to “address the critical issues that will improve and transform services for patients.” As a result of a recent survey conducted prior to the incoming election, the organisations warned that a lack of staffing and failure to address the pensions crisis is
A recent review has stated that there needs to be easier access to NHS screening programmes in England, including evening and weekend clinics in order to increase uptake. The report by Prof Sir Mike Richards also called for tests to be offered in a wider variety of locations, including mobile units and recommended using social
NHS has announced a new whistle-blower scheme, which is set to roll out across the country for staff who raise the alarm on unsafe practice. The launch of the career support scheme follows two pilot projects started in 2017 which offered targeted support to 16 people who left the health service after they raised concerns
According to new research conducted by University of St Andrews announced that women are risking their lives by not taking part in bowel screening tests. The research team found that while 81% of women took part in cervical cancer screening and 73% in breast cancer screening, only 60% of women took part in bowel screening.
NHS England has made Roche’s emicizumab (also referred to as Hemlibra®) available on NHS and is set to fund the “life-changing treatment” for thousands of people with severe Haemophilia. A move which is said to dramatically cut patient’s risk of life-threatening bleeds and reduce treatment time. The new treatment is part of a package of
Gedeon Richter has announced that their biosimilar for osteoporosis, Teriparatide, is to be made available on the NHS for the treatment of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women and in men at increased risk of fracture. As a result, the NHS can now provide an additional option for the treatment of osteoporosis in this subset of patients.
Report from Asthma UK has found that deaths from asthma attacks are the highest they have been in the last decade and increased by more than 33% over the last ten years. By analysing data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), they revealed that more than 1,400 people died from an asthma attack last
The NHS in England is setting up a national artificial intelligence (AI) laboratory to enhance care of patients and research. Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, said AI had “enormous power” to improve care, save lives and ensure doctors had more time to spend with patients. He has announced that £250m will be spent on boosting the