Nhs Future

How Tech Can Secure The NHS' Place In Our Society And Bring Services Into The Digital Age

Jeremy Hunt | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK Politics
Jeremy Hunt

It's now a little over a decade since Steve Jobs stepped confidently onto a stage in California and projected the world into the smartphone era. Ever since, there's been no shortage of debate about the implications of our ever more connected, always-on digital lifestyles. Technology now governs every aspect of our lives: how we shop, how we work, how we play, even how we vote, have all been transformed by the march of digital. It's brought risk, as well as benefits, not least in its impact on our mental health. But what can't be disputed is its overwhelming power to disrupt traditional ways of working and create new possibilities for consumers.

Is Your Area On The Government's Latest NHS Hit List?

Justin Madders | Posted 04.08.2017 | UK Politics
Justin Madders

While Theresa May toured the TV studios during the General Election campaigning promising to deliver a fairer society, her Health Ministers were hard at work drawing up a new hit list of fourteen areas across the country which will face a fresh round of NHS cuts.

In Challenging Times, Creating A Supportive Working Environment For NHS Staff Matters More Than Ever

Richard McGregor | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Richard McGregor

Whilst the challenges facing the NHS are complex and multi-faceted, creating a safe and supportive working environment to harness the energy and creativity of its staff is essential. First and foremost, we have a duty of care to our patients, but we also need to remember that we have a duty of care for each other.

Years And Years Of Training To Be A Doctor Has Led To Today

Dr Charlie Bell | Posted 01.08.2017 | UK
Dr Charlie Bell

For someone who has spent the last decade of my life preparing for this, I don't feel terribly ready - but I imagine that's how most people feel when they go on the wards for the first time. I also know there will be a bunch of very experienced, and as I have found out, very supportive and kind doctors who will be able to make sure I get it right. Being a doctor isn't about being a superhero - it's about working with a team of other incredible healthcare workers, from nurses to physiotherapists, doctors to receptionists, to help your patient.

Our Children's Health Must Be Our National Priority

Jon Ashworth | Posted 17.07.2017 | UK Politics
Jon Ashworth

It was Nelson Mandela who told us: "There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children." If that great man was right, then our country is in a great deal of difficulty. The state of children's health in the UK, and in England in particular, should be a matter for profound concern and concerted action. Sadly under Theresa May's government is isn't.

Brexit Was A Red Herring - UK Nurses Are Leaving Too

Jackie Smith | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK Politics
Jackie Smith

Our figures released today show that for the first time in recent years, more nurses and midwives are leaving our register than joining, with a noticeable increase in the number of UK trained nurses leaving our register... While it is widely acknowledged that the nursing and midwifery profession is an ageing workforce, what is of particular alarm is that the rate of leaving is increasing among nurses and midwives under the age of 40.

The NHS Will Have To Innovate If It Wants To Become Sustainable

Nicola Blackwood | Posted 30.06.2017 | UK Politics
Nicola Blackwood

The stakes could not be higher. In the long term this is the only hope the NHS has of being able to meet the great health challenges facing our nation today, while managing demand and paying proper salaries to the NHS workers all of us depend on.

For A Labour Party In Government, Nurses Will Be At The Heart Of Our NHS

Jon Ashworth | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Politics
Jon Ashworth

This Friday 12 May is Nurses' Day, marking the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. It's a time to pay tribute to the UK's 700,000 brilliant nurses and the role they play in keeping all of us safe and well cared for during our times of need.

Ten Months After The Referendum, Tory Leavers' Promise On NHS Funding Has Evaporated

Chuka Umunna | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Politics
Chuka Umunna

More than 10 months after the referendum, it is clear the promise of Tory Leavers to boost NHS funding has evaporated. All we are left with is their record. David Davis backing job cuts and an end to vital free operations. Liam Fox calling for an end to the ring-fencing of NHS spending, meaning brutal cuts that would hit patients. Boris Johnson saying that people should have to pay a fee just to see their GP. At this election, it is vital that these hard Brexit Tories are held accountable.

All Parties Need To Step Up For The NHS

Janet Davies | Posted 27.04.2017 | UK Politics
Janet Davies

Whichever political party triumphs in June, it is time to stop taking nursing staff for granted and start to appreciate the incredible work they do. The RCN is calling on all parties to step up and commit to the long-term funding that patients and services need.

Labour Has The Right Idea Offering Dedicated NHS Workers A Much-Needed Pay Rise

Christine McAnea | Posted 27.04.2017 | UK Politics
Christine McAnea

The Labour Party has the right idea. Reward staff for their dedication and hard work, and everyone benefits. Ministers must stop relying on the goodwill of NHS staff, rethink their short-sighted wages policy and pay staff properly. Otherwise they'll keep on leaving for less stressful, better rewarded jobs elsewhere. And then we all suffer.

Risk And Regret

Lord Clark | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Politics
Lord Clark

The National Health Service, so valued by the people of Britain, is being brought to its knees by the present government. It is only kept going by the skill, dedication and exceptionally hard work of its staff at every level.

The Second NHS Reorganisation Is Well Under Way

Justin Madders | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK Politics
Justin Madders

The Health Secretary who wants to deliver a 7 day NHS has also once again gone missing at a time when serious questions are being asked about his stewardship of the Department for Health.

I Will March For NHS Staff, I Owe Them My Life

Mark Serwotka | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK Politics
Mark Serwotka

On Saturday I will be speaking at a protest rally. It feels good to be able to say that again, as it's something I've really missed over the last few months and this one is particularly special -- you might say it's close to my heart.

Where Is HIV In The Future Of The NHS

Sarah Radcliffe | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK
Sarah Radcliffe

A long-term condition framework for understanding HIV is not yet fully embedded within the thinking of the general public, the media, politicians - or our NHS. The framing of HIV as a long-term condition has not replaced the dominant image of HIV as a serious, communicable disease, which is ultimately fatal but for the constant innovation of medical science.

Why We Need to Think About Tomorrow's NHS, Not Just Today's

Lord Patel | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK Politics
Lord Patel

The NHS is one of our most beloved institutions with principles that people value and admire but like any public service it must adapt. We need to find long term solutions. Our inquiry will get to the core of the challenges that the NHS will face over the next two decades and beyond. We hope that it will lead to a cross-party consensus on a sustainable approach to better healthcare for all.

The NHS: Why We Must Ignore the Doom-mongers

Lord Victor Adebowale | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK
Lord Victor Adebowale

The doom-mongers would have us believe the NHS is a failing institution. That it's in the abyss of financial ruin, unravelling at the seams and unable to cope with the demands of patients. Yes, our health service is facing difficult times but we need to ditch the hyperbole, focus on the facts and look to solutions. The challenges should be used as energy for change, rather than excuses for where we currently are.