The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has accepted that the health service in England is facing “completely unacceptable” problems, after a week of negative headlines about NHS performance and pressures.
In an interview with the BBC, Mr Hunt also admitted progress had been “disappointingly slow” in some areas, including integrating health and social care services. The health secretary was speaking at the end of what the national broadcaster dubbed “NHS week”, in which it revealed a major new story each day on the state of the health service.
"Every man with suspected prostate cancer should have an MRI scan," The Guardian reports. That is the conclusion of a study looking at how well MRI scans compare with the current practice of biopsies; removing sections of prostate tissue for analysis.
Disadvantages of prostate biopsies include the fact that they can lead to a small risk of side effects, some of which can be serious, such as sepsis.
Researchers were looking at an advanced type of MRI scan, known as a multi-parametric MRI, which as well as looking at the shape and size of the prostate, can also assess other factors such as blood flow through the gland.
Notting Hill Police and the NHS Trust busted the manager in a joint investigation
By Amita Joshi
A hospital manager escaped jail after being caught using the NHS budget to pay for his personal wish-list of tools.
Nicky Irwin, an Electrical and Biomedical Engineering (EBME) Manager, was caught after he spent £3,746 of NHS money on goods "for his own private use".
The fraudster was given 175 hours of unpaid work at Isleworth Crown Court on Monday (January 16) after being caught by Notting Hill Police and counter fraud specialists.
He was also sentenced to 10 months’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months.
One of the UK's largest NHS trusts is expected to come out of special measures thanks to the "dedication and skill" of staff, a report has said.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has changed the rating for Cambridge University Hospitals Trust from "inadequate" to "good".
It follows a visit by inspectors in September 2016.
The last major inspection in April 2015 exposed staffing problems and management failings.
The Trust, which runs Addenbrooke's and the Rosie Maternity Hospitals, admits about 55,000 patients a year and treats a further 65,000 in A&E.
It is the eastern region's main trauma centre and is renowned worldwide for its teaching, academic research and innovation.
NHS England has announced £101 million of new funding to support and spread the work of the new care model vanguards. The vanguards are partnerships of NHS, local government, voluntary, community and other organisations that are implementing plans to improve the healthcare people receive, prevent ill health and save funds. Considerable progress has been made since the vanguards were launched in 2015 and there is emerging evidence that they are making significant improvements at a local level. This includes reducing pressure on busy GP and A&E services. In addition to the funding, the vanguards will continue to receive support from NHS England and other national bodies to implement their plans, including how they harness new technology including apps and shared computer systems. They are also receiving help to develop their workforce so that it is organised around patients and their local populations.