This blog covers the latest UK health care news, publications, policy announcements, events and information focused on the NHS, as well as the latest media stories and local news coverage of the NHS Trusts in Northamptonshire.
Patients cared for in research-active acute NHS trusts have better patient outcomes, as supported by a study published in 2015 1. Research provides evidence about “what works” so that treatments for patients can be improved. Last year alone, 605,596 people took part in clinical research studies.
Jonathan Sheffield, Chief Executive, NIHR Clinical Research Network: “This is a fantastic achievement for the NHS as a whole and shows a real desire by the NHS to improve care for our patients through, and as a result of, research activity.
The government has begun to publish detailed information about which areas of England give people with dementia the best support, in an effort to reduce wide variation in the quality of care provided.
The Department of Health’s online “dementia atlas” will show, for example, how many sufferers have their care reviewed every year, as they all should, and how likely they are to end up dying where they normally live, usually at home or in a care home. Continue reading...The Guardian
The myriad different bodies that make up the NHS in England and their opaqueness, especially in regards to contracts to provide services, makes mapping the true extent of privatisation of public healthcare difficult.
But the available evidence bears out Owen Smith’s claim that NHS privatisation is increasing. However, it is less of an “explosion of privatisation” that the Labour leadership hopeful warns about and more a gradual, though inexorable, rise in the proportion of the NHS budget that is going to firms such as Virgin Care, Care UK and Bupa. It is also noteworthy that the private sector has been making ever bigger inroads into several key areas of NHS care, notably general practice, community services and mental health care. Continue reading...The Guardian See also:
The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) says healthcare for children is “starting to move backwards” and that more than half of paediatric units are now not meeting recommended staffing standards. The Daily Telegraph