Tag Archives: Better Value in the NHS

Potential Harms From Polypharmacy in the Elderly (BBC News / Age UK / EJCP / Bazian / Lancet Psychiatry)

Summary An Age UK report investigates the potential harms of over-prescribing medicines for older people. Older persons often remain on too many prescribed medicines, putting them at risk of side-effects, potentially resulting in falls and other forms of serious harm. … Continue reading

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Progress Towards Achieving Better Value / Reducing Waste in the NHS (King’s Fund / NHS Providers)

Summary A King’s Fund report investigates recent work on the value agenda, i.e. efforts aimed at reducing unnecessary costs while maintaining or improving the quality of care. This is based mostly on experience at three diverse NHS acute hospital trusts: … Continue reading

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Potentially Ineffective / Low-Value Treatments in the NHS Under Review (BBC News)

Summary NHS England is actively considering proposals to discontinue or reduce the availability of 17 routine procedures considered to be either ineffective or risky. The aim is to improve patient outcomes, reduce waste in the NHS (by an estimated 200 … Continue reading

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NHS England’s Pharmacy Integration Fund (NHS England / BBC News)

Summary Care home residents often have multiple long-term conditions and are often prescribed several different medicines (polypharmacy). NHS England plans to fund recruitment of 180 pharmacists and 60 pharmacy technicians who will work with care homes to try to reduce … Continue reading

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Sustainability and Transformation Plans: Reviewing Details (BBC News / King’s Fund / Red Cross)

Summary A recent King’s Fund report explores the content of the Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) for reform of health and care services in England. According to BBC News 28 of these 44 proposals involve closures or downgrading of hospital … Continue reading

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Choosing Wisely: A New Review of Overdiagnosis and Overtreatment (BBC News / Academy of Medical Royal Colleges / BMJ)

Summary Continuing the debate concerning avoidable overuse in medical care, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges has drawn-up a list of forty treatments which are thought to confer little or no benefit to patients. Full Text Link Reference Doctors name … Continue reading

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NHS Reconfiguration + STPs = Cut-Backs?: Two Sides of Same Equation? (NHS England / King’s Fund / Nuffield Trust / BBC News)

Summary The “Keep calm and carry on”-style narrative from officialdom. Full Text Link Reference NHS England statement on Sustainability and Transformation Plans. [Online]: NHS England, August 26th 2016. Theoretical clarification concerning STPs, from the King’s Fund Full Text Link Reference … Continue reading

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Record Levels of NHS Trust Deficits (BBC News / King’s Fund)

Summary Hospitals and other NHS trusts have announced record combined financial deficits, well in excess of £2 billion. A whistleblower has alleged dubious accounting procedures, in the form of unorthodox “financial alchemy”, to disguise the true level of deficits. Full … Continue reading

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Escalating NHS Trust Deficits: Not Unexpected (BBC News / Monitor)

Summary NHS Trusts in England have run-up a £930 million “worst for a generation” deficit in the first three months of this financial year. Regulators have also noted that performance measures on waiting times for access to hospital treatment and … Continue reading

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Rising Deficits and the Search for Better Value in the NHS: New Approaches to Financial Sustainability? (King’s Fund / BBC News / Health Foundation / BMJ)

Summary Regulators have demanded that hospitals and NHS trusts in England review their financial plans, because rising deficits indicate that existing plans are increasingly unaffordable. Full Text Link Reference Health regulator tells NHS trusts to ‘look again’ at finances. London: … Continue reading

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