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Public sector organisations are being driven to produce greater efficiencies and cost savings, and the NHS in particular is facing the requirement to do more with less, and deliver better and more effective care while at the same time reducing a fiscal deficit. This economic challenge has been the catalyst…
Labour would spend around £17 billion a year extra on the NHS, social care, schools and local government, shadow chancellor John McDonnell has said. The extra spending would be paid for by tax rises for corporations and "the rich", set out in the "grey book" that accompanied Labour's General Election…
Thousands of women with previously untreatable breast cancer have been given new hope after health officials approved two new "breakthrough" drugs for NHS use. In new draft guidance, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) has approved palbociclib and ribociclib for widespread use in the health service in…
The squeeze on public spending and the drop in nurse numbers since 2010 has contributed to 120,000 unnecessary deaths in England, according to new research. There could be as many as 100 excess deaths a day from now on if the NHS does not get an urgent cash injection, a…
Hospitals could see the worst ever performance for A&E waiting times this winter, a think tank has warned. The NHS aims to admit or discharge 95% of patients within four hours of arriving in emergency departments. But analysis by the Health Foundation has predicted the number of patients seen in…
Brexit could have "serious implications" on Ireland's struggling health workforce, one of the World Health Organisation's (WHO) top officials has warned. Jim Campbell, director of the WHO's health workforce department, said he was concerned that post Brexit the UK may try to fill gaps left by EU migrant health workers…
A Holyrood committee has hit out at the "unacceptable" lack of information on the £8 billion plus budgets spent by integration authorities (IAs) on health and social care. MSPs on the Health and Sport Committee complained there is "little by the way of information on the financial position" of the…
Measures to prevent the so-called "weekend effect" have not made any difference in curbing excess deaths on Saturdays and Sundays, experts have claimed. Four priority standards for emergency care in hospitals in England were introduced in 2015 in a bid to reduce higher mortality rates at weekends. Patients admitted to…
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