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Monitor could be asked to examine £350m contract

A decision by NHS England to hand more than half of the country’s PET-CT imaging services to one company could be the subject of a formal complaint to market regulator Monitor, HSJ has learned.

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Hunt: £240m tech fund ‘not cut’

A flagship NHS technology fund widely feared to have been raided to finance support for struggling accident and emergency departments has not been ‘cut’ but will instead be subject to ‘a staged roll out’, according to health secretary Jeremy Hunt.

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Tim_Kelsey records extraction won’t begin until ‘after election’

Commissioners involved in the pilot programme will not start extracting information from GP patient records until after the May general election, a senior NHS England figure has said. 


CCG to fund genetic testing for high cholesterol condition

PERFORMANCE: Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group has become one of only a small number of CCGs to agree funding for DNA testing of familial hyperlipidaemia, a condition which causes cholesterol levels to be much higher than normal from birth.

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Exclusive: Raid on DH's capital budget rises to £640m

The Treasury agreed a further £150m transfer from the Department of Health’s capital budget in the early months of 2015 to help the health service cope with ongoing revenue spending pressures, HSJ can reveal.

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NHS technology fund cut from £240m to £43m

A flagship NHS technology fund has been slashed from £240m to just £43m after ministers raided it to bolster a separate fund to help hospitals struggling with winter pressures.

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Exclusive: Digital pioneer bids to integrate NHS patient records for free

One of the NHS technology community’s leading experts is building a new system to integrate the health service’s myriad patient record systems, and he plans to give it to the NHS for free.

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SUS data collection to be suspended

The Health and Social Care Information Centre will suspend the collection of the secondary uses service data for nearly two weeks as part of a process to bring collection of the vital NHS dataset in-house.

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Children at risk because of failure to share records, says CQC

PATIENT SAFETY: Care Quality Commission inspectors have told commissioners in Barnsley they must connect up the health and social care records systems to ensure the safety of children in local authority care.

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Trusts combine to pioneer open source patient records project

Trusts to pioneer open source patient records system

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£35m nursing tech fund shared among 60 bidders

More than 60 bids by NHS and other care providers have received a share of the second tranche of nursing technology fund, an NHS England director has told HSJ.


Exclusive: 'Monopoly' fears over £350m scans contract

The decision to award a 10 year contract covering more than half of England’s PET-CT imaging service to a single company has created a ‘monopoly’ that could damage NHS interests, HSJ has been told.

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Change Challenge: Tell us your solutions to enabling change

On Tuesday we launch the second phase of our Challenge Top-Down Change campaign

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Exclusive survey: Low confidence that NHS will hit 2018 paperless goal

Health and IT professionals remain deeply sceptical that the NHS can be paperless by 2018, two years after health secretary Jeremy Hunt unveiled the ambitious target, exclusive HSJ research has found.

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Leicester Hospitals adopts automated drugs system

COMMERCIAL: University Hospitals of Leicester Trust is to adopt a hi-tech medicines management system which will use robots to pack individual drug doses.

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£240m technology fund raided to prop up A&E, sources say

The government has raided a £240m NHS technology fund to bolster financial support for hospitals struggling with accident and emergency demand this winter, senior sources have told HSJ.

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Look from the outside in: Patient opinion can encourage staff

Patients telling us how to improve services is the next step on from bottom-up change

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Clocking on at the NHS factory: Lessons from industry

Calculating healthcare in industrial terms makes better use of staff time

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Patients are a virtue: Learning not to fear feedback

Opinions of service users are an untapped resource

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Engage clinical NHS staff using mobile technology

Using mobile technology to improve community care

Unleash workforce creativity with staff engagement building blocks

The King’s Fund proposes ways to build confidence among the workforce to lead on safety

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