Budget 2018: 'NHS will face cuts as well as gains'

  • 30 October 2018
  • From the section Health
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Spending on public health, and doctors' and nurses' training in England is set to fall next year according to the fine print of the Budget documents.

The chancellor announced annual real-terms funding increases for NHS England which provides front-line services. But other areas of health spending run by the Department of Health will fall in 2019-20, according to a think tank.

Government sources indicated that there were other revenues of income to boost Department of Health funding, including immigrant surcharges, which could be spent on services outside NHS England.

The Health Foundation think tank has analysed the Budget paperwork and says that while the NHS England budget for day-to-day running costs will rise by nearly £4bn in real terms next year, there will be a reduction of £1bn, or 12%, in other areas of the health budget.

This slice of funding covers prevention initiatives run by Public Health England and local authorities, including smoking cessation and sexual health. It also includes the budget for Health Education England.

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NHS: Will this winter be even worse?

  • 22 October 2018
  • From the section Health
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Will there be a bleak winter for the NHS?

A cycle of perpetual winter crises and the NHS running on empty - these are the latest warnings coming from groups in England representing hospitals and doctors.

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Contaminated blood scandal: What have we learned so far?

  • 27 September 2018
  • From the section Health
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It has been said before that the contaminated blood scandal was the worst treatment disaster in the history of the NHS.

This week, we have heard that the public inquiry, which has just begun, will be the largest ever held in the UK.

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What will the NHS 10-year plan look like?

  • 13 September 2018
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Long-term planning is rare in Whitehall with the five-year election cycle driving most policymaking.

But the NHS in England has a chance to break that mould with a 10-year plan.

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Vaping – good, bad or not clear?

  • 17 August 2018
  • From the section Health
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A new report from MPs has certainly generated a new talking point - not least among vapers and smokers taking a break from their desks.

It has raised again the questions of whether e-cigarettes are a positive force for public health and whether they could yet cause harm to users. Both it seems could be true.

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The pain of waiting for a knee operation

  • 9 August 2018
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Richard Cubis, 69, has learned to live with Parkinson's - but it's the constant pain in his knee he finds most difficult.

He was put on a waiting list for a knee replacement in May 2017. Since then, there have been four cancellations.

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Why did more people die in depths of last winter?

  • 1 August 2018
  • From the section Health
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Every year, more people die in the winter than the summer. Excess winter deaths, largely linked to the cold weather and flu, are expected.

But they were even higher this past winter in England and Wales than in previous years, and experts are concerned.

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Tech an early priority for health secretary

  • 20 July 2018
  • From the section Health
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More GP consultations via Skype and barcode tracking of patients and their treatments in hospitals - these are two of the uses of technology the new health and social care secretary was enthusing about in his first speech since taking on the job.

Matt Hancock sees the tech agenda in the NHS as one of his early priorities.

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New leadership, same old problems

  • 10 July 2018
  • From the section Health
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It's a big deal for the NHS in England after nearly six years with a secretary of state with whom it had become very familiar. Jeremy Hunt was the longest serving health secretary since the post was created. His departure to the Foreign Office is akin to regime change.

Now, the health world will have to tune in to the thinking of his successor, Matt Hancock. So what difference will his arrival make and how will he deal with the unrelenting pressures on the health service and his first winter in the job?

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Is the NHS a champion or an also-ran?

  • 25 June 2018
  • From the section Health
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How good is the NHS? It's a question much debated over the years, even more so with the 70th birthday celebrations under way.

If there was an Olympics for healthcare, where would the NHS be in the medal table?

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