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Coventry pathology goes digital

EHI News - Wed, 16/04/2014 - 01:00
University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust has become one of the first in Europe to deploy an integrated digital pathology system.
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NICE Pathways: mapping our guidance

NICE Pathways: mapping our guidance
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NICE opens consultation on 'spray-on skin' device for healing burn wounds

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has opened its consultation on draft guidance for a 'spray-on skin' device that aims to help improve the healing of acute burns
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Bad advice at fault for heart disease deaths | @guardianletters

Guardian Healthcare - Tue, 15/04/2014 - 21:00

Far more than salt reduction (Fall in salt consumption has helped cut deaths in UK, researchers claim, 15 April), a leading factor in the decline in deaths from heart disease is the reduction in the consumption of hydrogenated fat (transfats) over the past decade. Just a month ago this plastic-like fat was removed from the US's "generally recognised as safe" list, and the US government has recommended that the food industry phase it out completely. This has happened after a 75% decline in transfat intake over the past decade, but it is still estimated that the decision will prevent 100,000 premature deaths annually from heart disease. The decline in transfat consumption worldwide had nothing to do with the Food Standards Agency or other government bodies it was due to relentless campaigning by citizens and a response from the food industry.

In 1993 I launched a marketing campaign to support Whole Earth Superspread, the first transfat-free margarine. For the previous two decades people with high blood pressure had been advised to stop consuming butter and switch to margarine. The leading "heart healthy" margarine at the time contained 21% transfats; normal margarines were 30% or more transfats. Dietitians and margarine manufacturers complained to the Advertising Standards Agency, which blocked my advertising. They continued to recommend switching to margarine. This advice underpinned heart disease and stroke levels.

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NHS faces strike threat as 500,000 healthcare staff to be balloted

Guardian Healthcare - Tue, 15/04/2014 - 19:38
Unison and Unite confirm staff ballot over possible strike action following Jeremy Hunt's decision to axe 1% pay rise

The NHS is bracing itself for a strike after its largest union voted to ballot its members over industrial action to protest against the axing of health staff's planned 1% pay rise.

Unison, which represents 400,000 NHS personnel including about 100,000 nurses, decided on Tuesday to ballot over strike action or action short of a strike.

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Patients must not pay for the NHS financial crisis

Royal College of Nursing - Tue, 15/04/2014 - 11:07
Responding to a report by the King’s Fund looking at NHS finances
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Four lessons for the NHS on how to manage an ageing workforce

Guardian Healthcare - Tue, 15/04/2014 - 08:30
With plans to raise the state pension age to 70, the health service has to tackle a variety of challenges

In his Autumn statement last year, the chancellor of the exchequer set in motion plans to raise the state pension age to 70 for today's young people, on course to be the highest in the world. The question of whether people will need to work longer in the future is pretty much settled but there is still a lack of clarity about what work will be like for older workers of the future and how managers will oversee increasingly ageing workforces.

Answering the question of how to extend working life made a significant advance when the NHS Working Longer Review group reported the preliminary findings of its investigation into the impact of higher pension ages on the delivery of health services. This is the largest review of working practices in relation to age undertaken in the UK.

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Colchester gets cancer IT

EHI News - Tue, 15/04/2014 - 01:00
Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust is implementing new IT systems as part of its response to the problems with cancer pathways that led to it being put into 'special measures' last year.
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Challenge Fund pilots announced

EHI News - Tue, 15/04/2014 - 01:00
NHS England has unveiled the details of the GP projects that will benefit from the £50m Challenge Fund to improve access to primary care.
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More options proposed for tackling anaemia in cancer patients

Cancer patients on chemotherapy, who are anaemic, are set to see six newly recommended treatments available through the NHS. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has drawn up draft guidance to recommend six treatments (known as erythropoiesis-stimulating agents or ESAs) which boost levels of red blood cells. NICE is now starting a consultation on the guidance.
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NICE draft guidance recommends a treatment for prostate cancer

In final draft guidance published today (15 April, 2014), NICE has recommended degarelix (Firmagon, Ferring Pharmaceuticals), as an option for treating advanced hormone dependent prostate cancer in people with spinal metastases who present with signs or symptoms of spinal cord compression.
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NHS nurses stretched to breaking point, says report

Guardian Healthcare - Mon, 14/04/2014 - 10:50
Survey of 3,000 healthcare staff by Unison trade union finds many work through breaks and beyond normal hours

GPs' surgeries to open all hours in £50m reforms

Half of nurses are working through breaks or beyond their shift, revealing a health service under severe strain, a report has warned.

A survey of almost 3,000 nurses by Unison showed that two-thirds believed they did not spend enough time with patients, which most said affected care.

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Is the NHS institutionally racist?

Guardian Healthcare - Mon, 14/04/2014 - 09:15
A new report highlights that there are very few senior healthcare professionals from BME backgrounds

I have bookshelves of reports detailing the unfair treatment many NHS Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) staff receive in recruitment, promotion, training, discipline and pay. The Snowy White Peaks of the NHS suggests such unfair treatment extends to every level of leadership and governance of the NHS, with important adverse consequences for patients.

Latest statistics show that 20% of nurses and 37% of doctors in the NHS are from BME backgrounds. Yet just 6% of senior and very senior managers in the NHS are from a BME background and just over 7% (and falling) of NHS trust board members are in this category.

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NHS 24 delays £27m IT system

EHI News - Mon, 14/04/2014 - 01:00
NHS 24 has delayed the deployment of its £27m patient contact and triage management system indefinitely, just weeks before going live with NHS 111.
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UCLH deploys open source patient list

EHI News - Mon, 14/04/2014 - 01:00
University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has rolled out an open source patient list web service.
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Good public services 'poisoned' by poor handling of complaints, say MPs

Guardian Healthcare - Mon, 14/04/2014 - 00:01
Many parts of government must get better at listening, Commons public administration committee declares

Good public services ranging from the NHS to local government are too often being "poisoned" by inadequate handling of complaints, a cross-party group of MPs has found.

In a report commissioned after the Mid-Staffordshire NHS scandal, the Commons public administration committee said many parts of the government must get better at listening to complaints. It said the government overall fails to conform to best practice on handling the public's concerns.

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Doctors' surgeries to offer out-of-hours appointments and Skype checkups

Guardian Healthcare - Mon, 14/04/2014 - 00:01
One in 10 surgeries will take part in £50m scheme but Labour says things will continue to get worse for majority of patients

One in 10 surgeries are to offer patients the choice of seeing a GP at evenings and weekends, booking appointments online, receiving electronic prescriptions and having checkups over Skype, David Cameron will say on Monday.

The prime minister unveiled the £50m scheme in October amid fears that too many people are turning up to A&E when they cannot get appointments with their GP, putting too much pressure on emergency departments.

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GPs' surgeries to open all hours in £50m reforms

Guardian Healthcare - Sun, 13/04/2014 - 08:39
David Cameron to announce increased access to doctors for 7.5 million people with extended opening hours and new technology

Millions of patients will be able to see their GPs in evenings and on weekends with £50m of government funding made available to extend opening times, it is to be announced.

David Cameron will say on Monday that more than 7.5 million people will be offered increased access to GP services through extended opening times and new consultation methods using Skype, email and phone.

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Sales reps in NHS maternity wards are a marketing push too far for mothers

Guardian Healthcare - Sun, 13/04/2014 - 00:06
We have come to associate parenthood with buying stuff but that's no reason to subject bed-bound new mums to the hard sell, says Mumsnet editor Sarah Crown

From earliest childhood, it's made clear to us that a major change in life is best tackled by a trip to the shops. New school years are dealt with by the purchase, in August, of pencil cases, lunchboxes and too-long trousers. Starting a new job? Head down the high street for something non-crease and professional-looking. Moving into your first flat? Hello, Ikea.

As we get older, we can come to view the shopping sprees that occur in advance of significant life events as an integral element of the events themselves. There's something reassuringly organised and adult about heading to the shops with a list of essentials before embarking on a new project a sort of real-world expression of the Scouts' motto. If you're equipped, the thinking goes, you are by definition prepared, and given that there's no life event for which we feel more flailingly unprepared than the arrival of a first baby, logic dictates that the best form of preparation is a commensurately large shopping expedition.

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