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Revealed: Babylon’s national expansion push

Digital health company Babylon Healthcare has contacted more than a dozen clinical commissioning groups as it pushes for expansion across the country, including extending its NHS GP partnership to two new cities.

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Major GP provider partners with Push Doctor app

One of the largest GP partnerships in England has brought on Push Doctor to provide its patients with online consultations

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Plan to put millions of patient records on the Amazon cloud

A new NHS national service has been set up to scan billions of pages of patient records and upload them to Amazon Web Services.

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No more big IT contracts for the NHS – Hancock

The new health and social care secretary has said “big contracts” for NHS IT services are over, claiming the service is often taken advantage of by suppliers.

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'Barriers' preventing recruitment of international medics

The NHS needs to reduce barriers preventing the recruitment of international doctors, a leading medical educator has warned.

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New IT procurement framework for contracts worth £450m

GPs will switch to a new centrally funded £450m IT framework from next year, as officials complain about a market failure and the slow rate of innovation.

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NHS England director resigns over anonymous online posts

An NHS England director has resigned after posting controversial comments under an anonymous pseudonym.


Exclusive: Trust set to run almost half the GP practices its area

An acute trust in the West Midlands is set to run almost half the GP practices in its area, HSJ can reveal

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Exclusive: Overseas GP recruitment falling 'significantly' short of target

Local health chiefs have been told to significantly reduce their expectations for the number of GPs that will be hired through NHS England’s international recruitment programme.

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GPs get backdated pay rise of two per cent

General practitioners are set to get a 2 per cent pay rise this year, the new health secretary has announced.

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Hancock backs expansion of GP consultations via smartphone

Matt Hancock has backed the expansion of GP consultations via smartphone, just days after local commissioners blocked an expansion of a major digital practice citing patient safety.

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CCG blocks GP at Hand proposed expansion outside London

The controversial digital practice, GP at Hand, has been blocked from expanding beyond London, with commissioners citing patient safety concerns.

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Virtual GP service rated outstanding

A virtual primary care service funded as part of the government’s push to extend opening hours has been rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission.

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Changes would drastically cut income for "digital first" GP practices

NHS England has responded to growing outcry over the rise of “digital first” GP practices, proposing changes that would cut their NHS income by a fifth.


County to develop “single service” pathology joint venture

Acute trusts across Kent have agreed to create a joint venture to deliver a single pathology service for the county, despite years of work, developing two services in the county.

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'Biggest reform of GP contract since 2004' planned by NHS England

NHS England is planning to make next year what may be “the most substantial changes to the GP contract since 2004”.

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'Disregard for human life' - 450 patients killed by painkillers at hospital, report says

More than 450 patients died from prescriptions made “without medical justification” at a hospital where the use of opioids resulted in an “institutionalised practice of shortening patients’ lives”, an investigation has found.


Devastating fire prompts checks on 3,500 NHS buildings

NHS Property Services is to carry out a review of all the clinical buildings it owns after a report into a devastating fire which destroyed a community hospital.

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Trust takes over A&E streaming from private provider after CQC concerns

A trust in the West Midlands has taken over the A&E streaming service run by a private provider following “concerns” raised by the CQC

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NHS 'must turn on all the taps' to meet workforce gap

The NHS workforce needs to grow by between 3 and 5 per cent a year for the next decade but is on course to fail that target, the head of Health Education England has warned.