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GP league table ‘is meaningless and misleads patients’ - The Times (£)

Leading GPs have accused inspectors of recklessly misleading patients with a “meaningless” league table of high-risk surgeries. Regulators insist that they are simply trying to prioritise inspections among England’s 7,661 surgeries, encouraging family doctors to help them to come up with a better way of doing so.

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Danny Mortimer interviewed on the Victoria Derbyshire show about Brexit 

Danny Mortimer, co-convenor of the Cavendish Coalition, interviewed on BBC2's Victoria Derbyshire show on the Migration Advisory Committee report on Brexit. 

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Hospitals 'failing' on genetic bowel cancer test

Hospitals 'failing' on genetic bowel cancer test | Media summaries | Scoop.it

More than 80% of NHS hospitals in England are failing to test bowel cancer patients for the genetic condition Lynch syndrome, according to the charity Bowel Cancer UK.

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A&E performance in Wales worst on record

A&E performance in Wales worst on record | Media summaries | Scoop.it

The proportion of patients spending less than the four hours target time in hospital A&E departments in Wales is the lowest since records began.

 

The percentage waiting more than 12 hours in A&E is also the highest, according to the health figures for February published Thursday.

NHS Confederation's insight:

NHS Confederation Wales director Vanessa Young said: "We've had excellent plans in place, probably the best ever but there's a particular set of circumstances this winter - the highest rate of flu since 2010/11, we've had sustained cold temperatures and we're seeing more people over 75 being admitted to hospital and often they have to stay longer."

 

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Four in 10 cancer cases could be prevented by lifestyle changes

Four in 10 cancer cases could be prevented by lifestyle changes | Media summaries | Scoop.it

Almost four in 10 cancer cases in the UK could be prevented if British people changed their lifestyles by drinking less alcohol, keeping their weight down, ditching cigarettes and avoiding overdoing it on a sunbed, among other actions, research has revealed.

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Danny Mortimer interviewed about the NHS 2018 contract refresh

NHS Employers chief executive Danny Mortimer interviewed on BBC 5Live about Agenda For Change

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Many back pain patients 'getting wrong care'

Many back pain patients 'getting wrong care' | Media summaries | Scoop.it

Lower back pain is the leading cause of disability globally but too often patients are let down by the treatment they are offered, say experts.

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NHS pay: Increase for 1.3 million staff expected

NHS pay: Increase for 1.3 million staff expected | Media summaries | Scoop.it

Unions are poised to back a deal which could see a million staff get 6% average increases over three years.

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Damning report finds ‘serious failings’ in NHS mental health services 

Damning report finds ‘serious failings’ in NHS mental health services  | Media summaries | Scoop.it

Vulnerable mental health patients are suffering serious harm, and in some cases dying, because of “serious failings” in their treatment, the NHS ombudsman has warned.

NHS Confederation's insight:

Sean Duggan, chief executive of the Mental Health Network, said: “It is never easy to hear of serious failings in patient care but it must be recognised that many of the report’s findings pre-date the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health – meaning action is already being taken. We are pleased the report acknowledges the many positive steps already being taken to improve patients’ experience. The findings show exactly why the many pieces of work the network has contributed to - such as the Children and Young People’s green paper, the independent review of the Mental Health Act and our campaigning around the Mental Health Investment Standard as part of the Mental Health Policy Group - are so vital and so timely. Our members continue to provide strong leadership in the face of pressures, such as workforce and financial constraints – 16 chief executives of mental health trusts were named in this year’s HSJ Top CEOs list – an increase of 60% on 2017. They also continue to strive towards improvements in service delivery.

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Working dads lose out in workplace, say MPs

Working dads lose out in workplace, say MPs | Media summaries | Scoop.it

Many fathers want to share childcare but fear asking for flexible work, says report by MPs on the Women and Equalities Committee.

NHS Confederation's insight:

Danny Mortimer, the chief executive of NHS Employers, said: “It is imperative that we help employees have a greater work-life balance at all stages of their careers – especially around parenthood, with all of its pressures, challenges, and unmissable moments. As the committee has seen, solutions lie not just with mothers, but with fathers, partners, and the wider support networks which are so important to families. In our evidence we highlighted the work of employers across the NHS in giving more flexibility and choice for employees. We accept though that there is more for us to do. We welcome the proposals relating to promoting flexible working – and will use to this to reinforce the wide range of alternative working arrangements and provisions already available in the NHS, and to encourage their adoption in every NHS workplace."

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Under-doctored areas to get new medical schools

Under-doctored areas to get new medical schools | Media summaries | Scoop.it

Five new medical schools are to be created in England as part of the government's expansion of training places.

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Exclusive: Pensioners could be forced to pay 'NHS tax' to fund their care

Exclusive: Pensioners could be forced to pay 'NHS tax' to fund their care | Media summaries | Scoop.it

The NHS is set to receive billions of pounds in extra funding later this year with ministers considering possible tax rises on older workers, according to the Telegraph.

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Computers can spot cancer faster than specialist doctors 

Computers can spot cancer faster than specialist doctors  | Media summaries | Scoop.it

Computers can diagnose prostate cancer almost as accurately as specialists, according to researchers at Nanjing University in China that promises to give results within hours.

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NHS England treats too many patients as an emergency, NAO warns

NHS England treats too many patients as an emergency, NAO warns | Media summaries | Scoop.it

Hospitals in England are admitting so many patients as medical emergencies that the NHS’ finances and ability to function are under threat, according to the National Audit Office.

 

Its hard-hitting report, published on Friday, praises NHS England’s handling of the extra numbers but also criticises its failure to put in place enough services outside of hospitals to keep patients healthier.

NHS Confederation's insight:

Responding to the National Audit Office report on emergency admissions, Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents organisations across the healthcare sector, said:

 

“This report reveals a grim picture. We have a system that is simply overloaded and currently under intolerable pressure.

 

“The brutal truth is that emergency admissions have risen by nearly a quarter in ten years, while the number of beds has been cut by more than 6,000. Meanwhile, the current levels of services in the community are unable to prevent the tidal wave hitting emergency care.

 

“This winter has graphically illustrated the need for fundamental change. Heroic efforts by staff, better planning than ever before and belated additional investment have not been enough to avert a crisis. Norovirus cases are more than double last winter, and we have the worst flu epidemic in ten years.

 

“We must not forget what is happening now when warmer weather comes – the time to start planning and investing for next winter is now. In any event, some of the pressures are year-long.

 

“We have learned a lot and as the National Audit Office has shown, the NHS has done a magnificent job. But we need earlier and more investment in social and community care, in mental health services and in A&E departments if we are to begin to cope with the relentless rise in demand.”

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Health chief backs 10‑year budget deal 

Health chief backs 10‑year budget deal  | Media summaries | Scoop.it

The NHS is scraping by on emergency handouts and failing to make long-term improvements, MPs said, as the head of the health service backed calls for a 10-year budget.

NHS Confederation's insight:

Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said: “The tide appears to be turning – we have long called for a review into health and social care funding and it now clear there is support across the political spectrum for the government to act. “This letter and the fact that the Secretary of State himself has called for a 10-year settlement is encouraging but it must not result in yet another half-hearted fudge.“Any new deal must bring health and care together in one settlement, must be for the long term, and not just a couple of years, and must seriously address the current underfunding, rising demand and the workforce crisis. “It is also right and reasonable that the government and taxpayers should demand clear and reasonable returns for this investment in the form of access to high quality integrated services which provide the care and support patients need – and when they need it. “All this should be built on a solid evidence base. That is why we have asked the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) and the Health Foundation to conduct an independent and comprehensive study into the funding needs of the UK’s health and care systems for the next 15 years. The first of these reports will be published in June.”

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How should we pay for the NHS?

How should we pay for the NHS? | Media summaries | Scoop.it

One option suggested for funding the NHS in the long term is putting in place a dedicated tax to cover its costs. On the BBC's Daily Politics, Conservative MP and chair of the House of Commons Health Committee Dr Sarah Wollaston debated whether this would be a good idea with Alex Wild of the TaxPayers' Alliance .

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NHS pay rise 2018 explained: Why are wage rates rising? And how much is the increase?

NHS pay rise 2018 explained: Why are wage rates rising? And how much is the increase? | Media summaries | Scoop.it

Nearly one million NHS workers are being offered pay increases of between 6.5 per cent and 29 per cent over three years.

 

The proposed deal, agreed at a meeting between 14 unions and NHS employers, marks the end of the Government's controversial 2010 public sector pay cap.

NHS Confederation's insight:

NHS Employers chief executive Danny Mortimer said: “This three-year agreement sets out the pay investment that will be made and the reforms that employers, NHS trade unions and the Department of Health and Social Care are agreeing to implement together.
 
“This deal will benefit more than a million health staff in England. To support long-term attraction and recruitment, starting salaries for all our non-medical staff groups will also see increases, which will help to make these roles more attractive for people considering a career in the largest employer in Europe. It will also ensure that existing staff receive deserved increases to pay, which will assist our work to value and retain these vital colleagues.”

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Drinking three glasses of fresh fruit juice per day can double the risk of dying from heart disease

Drinking three glasses of fresh fruit juice per day can double the risk of dying from heart disease | Media summaries | Scoop.it

DRINKING three glasses of fresh fruit juice a day more than doubles the risk of dying from heart disease, say experts.

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NHS workers in England to receive pay rise 

NHS workers in England to receive pay rise  | Media summaries | Scoop.it

More than a million NHS workers in England are being offered a pay rise of up to 29 per cent over the next three years. It brings to an end seven years of pay freezes and has been recommended by 14 health unions. 

NHS Confederation's insight:

NHS Employers chief executive Danny Mortimer said: “This three-year agreement sets out the pay investment that will be made and the reforms that employers, NHS trade unions and the Department of Health and Social Care are agreeing to implement together. This deal will benefit more than a million health staff in England. To support long-term attraction and recruitment, starting salaries for all our non-medical staff groups will also see increases, which will help to make these roles more attractive for people considering a career in the largest employer in Europe. It will also ensure that existing staff receive deserved increases to pay, which will assist our work to value and retain these vital colleagues.”

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Tai chi recommended to fight fibromyalgia

Tai chi recommended to fight fibromyalgia | Media summaries | Scoop.it

Tai chi is as good as - or even better than - aerobic exercise for aiding people with the chronic pain condition fibromyalgia, a study in the British Medical Journal has suggested.

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Cap on social care costs likely to feature in Hunt's health reforms

Cap on social care costs likely to feature in Hunt's health reforms | Media summaries | Scoop.it

A cap on the “punitive” costs faced by people requiring social care is set to be included in the latest Government plan for reform of the system in England, Jeremy Hunt has indicated.

NHS Confederation's insight:

Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said: “Warm words are always welcome but let us hope this speech represents new thinking in a government which like the rest of the political class has been understandably distracted by Brexit. The signs are that the Secretary of State understands what is needed - but the challenge of convincing his cabinet colleagues remains. And aspirations are not enough - we need a new settlement for both heath and care which reflects the reality of the current crisis and the enormous challenges ahead. A settlement that covers both funding and reform. The reality is that for all the fantastic work by NHS frontline staff every day, we are also letting down far too many patients and other vulnerable members of our society. We are expecting too much from too little. Part of the answer does lie in clear proposals for the future of adult social care in England, and proposals to fund it – the two things go hand-in-hand.  It is failing hundreds of thousands of people because there are simply not the resources needed to meet their needs. And as the Secretary of State recognises, it is not just about older people, as around half of adult social care allocation is already spent on people of working age. The demand from this group is certain to grow over the next few years. We have repeatedly said we cannot keep lurching from budget to budget with short-term fixes while ignoring the critical underlying issues. We have taken the lead by working together with the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) and the Health Foundation to conduct an independent comprehensive study into the funding needs of the UK’s health and care systems for the next 15 years. The first of these reports will be presented at the NHS Confederation’s annual conference in June. And we accept money is not enough. It is essential that NHS and social care systems operate as one and that needs reform. There are practical obstacles in governance, contracting, funding and data-sharing which prevent effective integrated working. The green paper and a wider settlement for health and care must address these urgent issues as well.”

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Drugs to vaccinate over-50s against Alzheimer’s could be here in a decade...with a £ 9bn price tag

Drugs to vaccinate over-50s against Alzheimer’s could be here in a decade...with a £ 9bn price tag | Media summaries | Scoop.it

Drugs to vaccinate everyone over the age of 50 against Alzheimer’s could be available within 10 years, but would cost the NHS £9 billion, a new report by Alzheimer's Research UK has shown.

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Use MRI scans not painful prostate tests, doctors urged 

Use MRI scans not painful prostate tests, doctors urged  | Media summaries | Scoop.it

Men thought to have prostate cancer must be given MRI scans on the NHS, campaigners said yesterday after a study in the New England Journal of Medicine confirmed that it was the most accurate way to diagnose the disease.

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NHS patients in mixed-sex wards at worst level for seven years 

NHS patients in mixed-sex wards at worst level for seven years  | Media summaries | Scoop.it

NHS England figures reveal that the number of patients in mixed-sex wards hit a seven-year high last month during the winter crisis with more than 2,250 patients forced on the wards.

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Stem cell transplant 'game changer' for MS patients

Stem cell transplant 'game changer' for MS patients | Media summaries | Scoop.it

Doctors say a stem cell transplant could be a "game changer" for many patients with multiple sclerosis. Results from an international trial show that it was able to stop the disease and improve symptoms.

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Men with low sperm counts at increased risk of illness, study suggests

Men with low sperm counts at increased risk of illness, study suggests | Media summaries | Scoop.it

An Italian study finds men with low sperm counts are more likely to have health issues that put them at risk.

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