A hospital trust has revealed it has spent more than £300,000 on compensation payouts to staff following workplace accidents over the past five years. Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph
The aim of this report has been to make recommendations for consideration by the NHS Operations Board with regard to effective commissioning of elective surgical procedures. The work was commissioned by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS medical director, following widespread expressions of concern from professional bodies that approaches based on lists of procedures deemed to be of “limited effectiveness”, “low value” or requiring a “threshold” result in inequitable patterns of service delivery. The evidence base for such approaches is not thought to be sufficiently robust, and in many cases procedures with well-established evidence of effectiveness, such as cataracts or arthroplasty, have been included. NHS Networks
New ambitions have been set for the NHS which build on the progress made on infections last year. The NHS is being asked to collectively reduce the numbers of infections in 2012-13 on MRSA by a further 29 per cent and Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) by 17 per cent. If delivered it would bring annual numbers of MRSA bloodstream infections down to 880 and reduce C difficile infections from 19,754 to 16,100.
The latest monthly statistics show that, for the first time since mandatory surveillance began in 2001, MRSA bloodstream infections across the NHS have been sustained at under 100 reported cases per month for the last six months.
Health Minister Simon Burns said:
‘There has been great progress in reducing MRSA bloodstream and Clostridium difficile infections in some parts of the NHS, but we want everyone at the level of the best.
That is why we have set each Trust their own objective – to drive further improvements, particularly in the organisations with the highest rates of MRSA bloodstream and C. difficile infections.’
The NHS Operating Framework 2012-13, published 24 November 2011, prioritises the achievement of the MRSA and C. difficile objectives. The technical guidance lists all the indicators against which the NHS will be accountable nationally during 2012/13. Department of Health
To help the process of local decision-making around the public health transition, the Department and the Local Government Association have today published a planning guide for local authorities and primary care trusts.
Public Health Transition Planning Support for Primary Care Trusts and Local Authorities, which as been co-produced with the NHS and local government, aims to support PCTs and LAs as they develop transition plans for the transformation of the local public health system, including how transfer of accountability from the NHS to local government will be enacted during the transition year.The Local Government Association has published transition guidance on public health workforce matters. The guidance builds on the earlier Public Health HR Concordat, which set out general principles for dealing with staffing issues.
The latest advice from the NHS and plastic surgery experts is that women with PiP breast implants do not need to have them removed unless they have symptoms such as pain and tenderness.
There is no link to cancer and there is no clear evidence of an increased risk of harm compared to other brands of breast implants.
The Government is advising women to take three steps to reassure themselves:
• Find out if you have PiP implants by checking your medical notes. You can get this information for free from your clinic or through your GP. If you had PiP implants on the NHS, you will receive a letter in the next few weeks.
• Speak to your specialist or GP, if you had them done on the NHS, or your clinic if you had them done privately.
• Agree what’s best for you. Get advice on whether or not you need a scan, then discuss appropriate action with your doctor.
If a private clinic no longer exists or refuses to remove the PiP implants, the Government is advising women to speak to their GP. The NHS will remove the implants if the doctor agrees, but the NHS will not replace implants unless it is clinically necessary.
NHS efficiency: closing the gap
A set of recommendations for policy-makers is laid out alongside the advice to practitioners, and these are targeted at the NHS Commissioning Board and Monitor in particular. The suggestions include providing direction to commissioners and providers ...
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