NHS England projections have claimed more than 10 million GP appointments will be booked online by the end of the financial year, as a result of the rapid adoption of online services by GPs.

New guidelines published by health watchdog NICE has informed that hospitals should appoint health or social care practitioners responsible for discharging patients, in order to avoid delays.

Over three quarters of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have expressed interest in becoming part of the first wave roll out of the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme.

Decisions to downgrade several North West London hospitals in a bid to cut costs have been criticised as ‘deeply flawed’ in a report by Michael Mansfield QC.

Wales has introduced a new ‘deemed consent’ system for organ donation, which assumes consent unless people have chosen to opt out.

More than 4,000 patients have had their treatment delayed, despite the British Medical Association (BMA) agreeing to suspend its strike after last-minute breakthrough talks.

A study has found three quarters of patients sent to A&E by NHS 111 call handlers could have been seen and treated in a non-emergency care setting, if GPs had been undertaking the triage.

GP practices will reduce the number of routine appointments to patients on the junior doctor strike days, in a bid to lessen the chance of a sudden increase in urgent care demand.

A report conducted by the National Audit Office (NAO) study has found nearly a third of people struggle to access GP services through the phone.

The London Ambulance Service (LAS) NHS Trust has been put into special measures after inspectors declared it to be underperforming in regard to meeting target response times.

NHS England has confirmed plans to create a new chief information and technology officer (CITO) role to manage and develop the organisation’s information and technology agenda to take over from outgoing national director for patients and information, Tim Kelsey.

The British Medical Association (BMA) has declared it will continue its plans for a strike, even after agreeing to enter conciliatory talks with government.

Chancellor George Osborne announced in the Spending Review that the current £101 billion health budget will rise to £120 billion by 2020-21.

Chancellor George Osborne announced in the Spending Review that grants for student nurses will be scrapped and replaced with loans.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said he will agree to independent arbitration at the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) to reopen talks with the British Medical Association (BMA).

The General Medical Committee (GMC) has issued guidance directing GPs to report patients who continue to drive against medical advice to the the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

The General Practitioners Committee (GMC) is pressing for GP practices to be given longer-term deals, which are not subject to the Department of Health’s (DoH) annual ‘tinkering’, Pulse reports.

The Treasury has agreed to grant NHS services in England with a £3.8 billion above-inflation, cash injection next year, as a result of increasing fears regarding pressures the service is facing.


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