A new report by the Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI) finds that reforms made to the NHS following the Health and Social Care Act of 2012 have impacted upon its ability to deal effectively with a possible flu pandemic. Getting behind the curve, is the NHS ready for pandemic flu? highlights three potential problems which the new NHS now faces in dealing with a possible pandemic: A loss of expertise, personal... Read More
Up to 20 UK Trusts plan to go into business with foreign partners Patricia Hewitt, MP, former Health Secretary and Chair of the UK India Business Council, has revealed that up to 20 UK trusts are planning to go into business with healthcare providers abroad. Mrs Hewitt has suggested that by using their expertise, UK trusts can open up profitable and in-demand businesses abroad, and that the revenue could potentially help to close the... Read More
Fewer than 1 in 10 NHS workers think the Coalition can be trusted Fewer than 1 in 10 NHS workers think that the Health Service is safe in coalition hands, according to a YouGov survey carried out for the campaign group 38 Degrees. More than two-thirds of NHS staff think that the Government’s reforms have had a negative impact on patient care. Independent Nicholson warns of £300bn funding gap opening in NHS in next 7 years Sir David... Read More
CHPI talks about the shortcomings in the Care Bill’s approach to the risk of market failure
CHPI talks about a missed opportunity by the Government to tackle fraud in the Care Bill.
Read CHPI’s launch report, ‘Healthcare Fraud in the new NHS market – a threat to patient care’ by Professors Mark Button and Colin Leys. Read More
New independent think tank the Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI) is releasing a report to-day in which it warns that the introduction of greater use of for profit providers of healthcare services as a result of the 2012 Health and Social Care Act is likely to substantially increase the amount of healthcare fraud in the NHS. This will result in less money for patient care when funds are already scarce in the NHS. ... Read More
NHS Budget According to the OECD, the Government should reconsider the ring-fence around the NHS budget. Jorgen Elmeskov, Deputy Chief economist at the OECD, expresses doubts about the value of ring-fencing different budget areas, as “it tends to lead to deeper cuts in other areas which may not be warranted.” The Telegraph City A.M. End-of-week operations have a higher fatality risk The Guardian reports that research published... Read More
All Civil Servants working for the Department of Health are to gain first-hand experience of frontline healthcare, Jeremy Hunt has announced. This is to ensure that Civil Servants working in the Department of Health have an understanding of the needs and pressures of the health service. Gov.uk There are reports that more than 6,000 hospital beds have been lost since the Coalition came to power in 2010. According to figures due to be... Read More
Some important articles related to PFI in the UK.
For some years, we have seen the development of a twin process of service reorganisation or reconfiguration: one process entails closing big hospital departments such as Accident and Emergency and Maternity Services so that these are concentrated in fewer, larger hospitals; the second involves transferring services from hospitals into community settings. These reorganisations can be, sometimes rightly, perceived by local people as... Read More
For the past two decades the vast majority of social care services paid for by the state (care homes, home care and other support services) are provided by the private sector in England. As a result there is a substantial evidence base of the effects of the marketisation of social care services on the quality of care which is provided to older people and other people with disabilities. The way in which the market in social care... Read More