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Campaign to increase number of BAME organ donors announced

Campaign to increase number of BAME organ donors announced

The government has announced a new campaign in England to address the urgent need for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) organ donors.

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Government announces strict rules for the use of vaginal mesh

Government announces strict rules for the use of vaginal mesh

The government and NHS have accepted the recommendation from the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review to pause the use of vaginally inserted surgical mesh.

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Multi million pound investment in new ambulances for the NHS

Multi million pound investment in new ambulances for the NHS

256 state-of-the-art ambulances are to be funded by a £36.3 million investment from government as part of the long-term plan for the NHS.

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DHSC buys land to support development of life sciences facility in east London

DHSC buys land to support development of life sciences facility in east London

The department is now seeking planning permission to develop the life sciences research facility site and housing for local NHS staff.

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New law introduced to protect vulnerable people in care

New law introduced to protect vulnerable people in care

The new law seeks to protect the rights of people who do not have the mental capacity to make decisions about their care and to reduce the burden on local authorities.

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Paramedics to be given body cameras to protect them from abuse

Paramedics to be given body cameras to protect them from abuse

The measures are part of a new wellbeing pledge for NHS staff and aim to reduce cases of physical and verbal abuse against the most at risk NHS workers.

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£215 million research fund to tackle the next generation of health challenges

£215 million research fund to tackle the next generation of health challenges

The government has announced £215 million investment in NHS health research and an additional £3 million for a new research leader programme for nurses and midwives.

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New NHS app will make it quicker and easier to access health services

New NHS app will make it quicker and easier to access health services

The free app will be available to everyone in England in December 2018.

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New chair appointed to improve patient access to innovation in the NHS

New chair appointed to improve patient access to innovation in the NHS

Lord Ara Darzi has been appointed as chair of the Accelerated Access Collaborative, a joint government–industry group to speed up patient access to ground-breaking technologies and treatments.

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2018 Appointments to IRP

2018 Appointments to IRP

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care is looking to appoint two clinical members to the Independent Reconfiguration Panel.

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Drug related harms in homeless populations: public evidence gathering day

Drug related harms in homeless populations: public evidence gathering day

We are holding a public evidence gathering day on drug-related harms in homeless populations as part of a commission from government to report on vulnerable people and drug misuse.

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Cross government plan launched to support unpaid carers

Cross government plan launched to support unpaid carers

The 2-year plan will raise the profile of carers, improve employment opportunities and help to better identify young carers.

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£15 million boost for local mental health crisis services

£15 million boost for local mental health crisis services

People at risk of a mental health crisis will be able to access new support services under plans to give projects across the country a share of a £15 million fund.

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World’s first global ministerial mental health summit to be held in London

World’s first global ministerial mental health summit to be held in London

The global meeting will help countries work together to deal with stigma and confront other issues to do with mental ill health.

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Government announces £40 million for brain cancer research in honour of Tessa Jowell

Government announces £40 million for brain cancer research in honour of Tessa Jowell

The funding is double the original amount and will be used to encourage new research and clinical practice to improve outcomes for people with brain tumours.

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New system launched to help measure and prevent medication errors

New system launched to help measure and prevent medication errors

The system will link prescribing data in primary care to hospital admissions to help the NHS monitor and prevent errors.

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Jeremy Hunt orders urgent action on patient safety at independent hospitals

Jeremy Hunt orders urgent action on patient safety at independent hospitals

The Health and Social Care Secretary has written to independent healthcare providers following a damning report by the Care Quality Commission.

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Jeremy Hunt orders urgent action on patient safety at independent hospitals

Jeremy Hunt orders urgent action on patient safety at independent hospitals

The Health and Social Care Secretary has written to independent healthcare providers following a damning report by the Care Quality Commission.

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Custody community transitions: public evidence gathering day

Custody community transitions: public evidence gathering day

The ACMD is holding a public evidence gathering day on drug misuse in prisons and the harms associated with transitions between custody and the community.

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New ACCEA Chair announced

New ACCEA Chair announced

Dr Stuart Dollow has been appointed as Chair of the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA) for 3 years from 1 June 2018.

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Plans to strengthen NHS cyber security announced

Plans to strengthen NHS cyber security announced

A new multi-million pound Microsoft package will ensure NHS systems have the most up-to-date software with the latest security settings.

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Review announced into training NHS staff to use AI and robotics

Review announced into training NHS staff to use AI and robotics

The plans are part of an independent review into the training needs of NHS staff to ensure they are equipped to give patients the latest treatments.

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UK to establish global nursing partnership with Jamaica

UK to establish global nursing partnership with Jamaica

The new partnership will see Jamaican nurses work in the NHS for 3 years to gain specialist skills and experience to take back to the Jamaican health system.

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UK and India extend health partnership to deal with global health risks

UK and India extend health partnership to deal with global health risks

The United Kingdom and India will share research, knowledge and technology in areas of anti-microbial resistance, low cost health products and high yield crops.

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2018 Clinical Excellence Awards round closed

2018 Clinical Excellence Awards round closed

The 2018 National Clinical Excellence Awards round has now closed.

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Review into NHS overseas visitor charges: call for submissions

Review into NHS overseas visitor charges: call for submissions

The government is reviewing the impact of changes to regulations on recovering the cost of health treatments provided to overseas visitors.

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NHS gets funding green light for new buildings, wards and beds

NHS gets funding green light for new buildings, wards and beds

Forty NHS hospitals and community services will get £760 million to modernise and transform their buildings and services in the year of the NHS’s 70th birthday.

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Women to have dedicated midwives throughout pregnancy and birth

Women to have dedicated midwives throughout pregnancy and birth

Plans to train 3,000 more midwives over 4 years and further investment in maternity support staff.

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New GP contract agreed for 2018 to 2019

New GP contract agreed for 2018 to 2019

The new contract will see a £256 million investment in general practice.

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Developing healthcare innovations: apply for business funding

Developing healthcare innovations: apply for business funding

UK businesses can apply to the Biomedical Catalyst for a share of up to £10 million to develop innovative products and processes to healthcare challenges.

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Central booking system for NI women seeking an abortion in England

Central booking system for NI women seeking an abortion in England

Women from Northern Ireland can now call a single telephone number to make an appointment with the most appropriate provider.

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NHS funded nursing care rate announced for 2018 to 2019

NHS funded nursing care rate announced for 2018 to 2019

The NHS-funded nursing care standard rate is being increased to £158.16 from 1 April 2018.

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Genome sequencing project reaches the halfway mark

Genome sequencing project reaches the halfway mark

More than 40,000 people with cancer or rare diseases have had their DNA sequenced as part of the 100,000 Genomes Project.

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Review launched to respond to patient concerns about NHS treatments

Review launched to respond to patient concerns about NHS treatments

The review will focus on 3 NHS treatments: Primodos, vaginal mesh implants and the anti-epilepsy drug sodium valproate.

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Brain cancer research to receive £45 million funding

Brain cancer research to receive £45 million funding

Brain tumour research in the UK to receive £45 million in funding from the Department of Health and Social Care and Cancer Research UK.

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Strong UK China collaborations in healthcare

Strong UK China collaborations in healthcare

Prime Minister Theresa May and Secretary of State Liam Fox have prompted many UK-China healthcare deal signings on their recent trip to China.

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Healthcare UK promotes digital innovation at Arab Health in Dubai

Healthcare UK promotes digital innovation at Arab Health in Dubai

'How digital technology can improve outcomes and efficiency' was the focus for Healthcare UK at the largest healthcare show in the Middle East.

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HPV vaccination programme for men who have sex with men

HPV vaccination programme for men who have sex with men

The nationwide programme will be rolled out in a phases from April 2018.

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Health charge for temporary migrants will increase to £400 a year

Health charge for temporary migrants will increase to £400 a year

Plans to double the immigration health surcharge may provide an extra £220m a year to the NHS.

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High demand for innovation in Indian healthcare system

High demand for innovation in Indian healthcare system

India is looking for innovative healthcare systems and is partnering with UK suppliers to deliver solutions.

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Chief medical officer advises NHS staff to make sure they are vaccinated against flu

Chief medical officer advises NHS staff to make sure they are vaccinated against flu

Letter from Professor Dame Sally Davies urges NHS staff to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

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Applying for the 2018 Clinical Excellence Awards

Applying for the 2018 Clinical Excellence Awards

ACCEA announces details of the timetable for applying for new awards and renewals in 2018.

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Independent doctors to be rated by the Care Quality Commission

Independent doctors to be rated by the Care Quality Commission

Healthcare inspections in England will be ‘future-proofed’ to cover new apps and digital healthcare.

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NHS becomes first healthcare system in the world to publish numbers of avoidable deaths

NHS becomes first healthcare system in the world to publish numbers of avoidable deaths

Publication of the data seeks to protect patients by showing how many deaths might have been caused by problems in care. It will allow trusts to share lessons and learn from failings.

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Government launches independent inquiry following the conviction of surgeon Ian Paterson

Government launches independent inquiry following the conviction of surgeon Ian Paterson

An independent non-statutory inquiry will examine the circumstances and practices surrounding the malpractice of breast surgeon Ian Paterson.

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