GP: NHS jargon should be more accessible

According to Johnny Marshall, GP and director of policy at NHS Confederation, the NHS jargon makes the organisation seem less accessible to the public, and as a result, the organisation is often misunderstood and regarded with apprehension. He raises issues such as ‘out-of-hours-services (out of whose hours?)’, ¬†reconfiguration, reform, and bed-blocking, are all examples of […]

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NHS backs up ‘real terms’ rise claims in mental health spending

NHS England responded to an investigation carried out by the Community Care and BBC News last week by stating, ‘Spending on mental health is now going up in real terms after years when services were under real pressure.’ The statement was attributed to Dr Martin McShane, NHS England’s director for people with long-term conditions. It […]

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NHS cash flowed to private firms

Private healthcare companies, tech firms and management consultants have received millions of pounds in payments from public funds in the first full financial year of the coalition’s new-look NHS, according to a recent analysis carried out by the Guardian. The National Health Organisation which assigns ¬£96bn to fund England’s health services, published its first detailed […]

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Death rates must be published by surgeons

According to the NHS medical director, surgeons must publish death rates or face penalties. Following criticism regarding NHS transparency, Sir Bruce Keogh has made a move to improve trust and transparency by releasing up to 5,000 surgeon’s death rates so patients can compare doctors. He clarified that surgeons who failed to publish death rates would […]

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