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George Freeman - Minister for Life SciencesGeorge Freeman MP, Minister for Life Sciences -  “The Prime Minister has charged me with accelerating the uptake of transformational technologies in 21st century medicine


Our health system is facing enormous challenges:

  • an ageing population
  • health inequalities
  • the need for rigorous discipline in public finances
  • a medicines bill of over £13 billion in 2014 to 2015 with spending in this year expected to rise
  • the ever increasing public expectations of what healthcare can deliver

NHS death rateSix NHS trusts have “persistently” high death rates for patients who die in hospital or within 30 days of discharge, according to new data.

The trusts - including Colchester which is being investigated by police over accusations cancer waiting times were falsified - have had higher than expected death rates over two years.

A further 12 trusts are also considered “outliers” because they have death rates that are below expected levels and this has persisted for two years, the report from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) showed.

Freedom to Speak Up, Morecambe Bay Investigation and the clinical incidents investigations review recommendations accepted.

Nurse and patient in hospitalThe government has published 'Learning not Blaming', its full response to the Freedom to Speak Up consultation, the Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) report on investigating clinical incidents in the NHS and the Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust Investigation. Jeremy Hunt told Parliament today that when things go wrong "they will no longer be swept under the carpet" and that the NHS must "listen, learn and improve".


The Morecambe Bay Investigation was established by the Secretary of State for Health in September 2013. It was set up in response to a series of maternal and neonatal deaths at the Trust between January 2004 and June 2013. Mr Hunt thanked the expert panel members, led by Dr Bill Kirkup, and in particular thanked the families who pushed for the independent investigation on maternity failures at Morecambe Bay.

LAB produced red blood cells are set to be transfused into humans by 2017LAB produced red blood cells are set to be transfused into humans by 2017, NHS Blood and Transplant announces.


The landmark in-man clinical trials of manufactured blood form a key part of the blood and organ service's 2020 Research and Development programme.

Published today (25/6/15) the plan outlines how NHS Blood and Transplant, in partnership with leading universities, will develop transfusion, transplantation and regenerative medicine over the next five years.

10 Downing StreetThe Prime Minister, David Cameron, will use his first major speech since the election to set out his vision for a modern NHS that will work for patients 7 days a week. The government will prioritise patient access to all services - from GP access to hospital care - backing NHS England's plan for modernising the NHS.

Investment into the NHS will increase by £8 billion a year by the end of the Parliament to support the transformation of services across the country, including an increase in the number of GPs, faster access to new drugs and treatments and a greater focus on mental health and healthy living.

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