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An NHS-Wide Cloud for Diagnostics – Jane Rendall and Fredrik Gustavsson

An NHS-wide cloud for sharing diagnostic images and intelligence across the health service could mean huge economies of scale, stronger collaboration, and rapid digitisation, Sectra’s UK managing director Jane Rendall and chief technology officer Fredrik Gustavsson suggest. One of the only places in the world that can fully exploit cloud for healthcare Pressure to improve...

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PFI and the Healthcare Finance Catastrophe: Part II

In this second part of our investigation into PFI contracts, we examine the impact on the healthcare system and clinical careers. It is already well-documented that the costs of building hospitals under Private Finance Initiatives has proved to be extortionate in some cases. Overspending in some construction projects resulted in service cuts at neighbouring hospitals,...

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Latest Deficit Data Exemplifies Collapsing NHS

With NHS trusts in England having posted a deficit in the region of £900 million following the third quarter of the financial year, the future of the healthcare service has once more been called into question. NHS Improvement predicts a deficit by the end of the year of approximately £800 million; significantly higher than the...

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PFI and the Healthcare Finance Catastrophe: Part I

In an economic climate defined by debt and deficit, one particular acronym has always proved contentious. PFI, or Private Finance Initiatives, have contributed a huge amount to the construction of the infrastructure of the NHS, but many believe that the debt that has resulted is far too big a price to pay. To define this...

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The Rota Gap Lock-In – Dr. Rebecca H. Smith

Dr. Rebecca H. Smith is an SHO working at Portsmouth Queen Alexander Hospital. She recently recounted her experiences of working conditions and rota problems to Clinical Career. “Well we’re not leaving this room until someone agrees to cover these shifts”. The Impending Gap Silence. We all knew what this emergency Friday afternoon meeting would entail....

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The Known Unknowns of Brexit: Part I

The dust is beginning to settle on the Brexit referendum, which took place on 23rd June last year. With seven months’ water having gone under the bridge, we’re now better placed to begin to understand the impact of this critical constitutional decision for both Britain and the NHS. Nonetheless, there are still a lot of...

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The Referendum on the Future of the NHS

The winter crisis in the NHS has underlined once again the problems that the publicly-funded healthcare service faces. Reports have been rife in the media of fatal blockages within NHS services, and there has even been a significant political argument on the subject. Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party argues that the Conservative government has failed to...

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Does New Approach to Whistleblowing Really Protect NHS Employees?

Whistleblowers are perhaps more associated with the health industry than any other, with apologies to Edward Snowden. Recently the issue of whistleblowing in the NHS has made news, both due to prominent examples of this ethical industrial practice, and the health service authorities attempting to put procedures in place to protect whistleblowers. Francis Inquiry The...

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Cross-Border Cooperation Under Threat in Post-Brexit UK

The recent Brexit decision which has led to Britain exiting the European Union, or at least will in the foreseeable future, will have numerous impacts on the National Health Service. But one particularly important aspect of this change to the way that the NHS operates could be chaos in cross-border cooperation. Strong ties Naturally in...

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