General Election 2017: what each party promises to do for NHS IT
The general election is tomorrow – but what does it all mean for the NHS and the healthcare IT sector in particular – we break down party promises.
PCTs to go in massive NHS reorganisation
Health secretary Andrew Lansley has announced that primary care trusts are to be abolished as part of a massive reorganisation of the NHS.
Coalition sets out vision for NHS
The new Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition has set out a vision for the NHS that combines some of the most radical ideas from the two parties’ manifestos. As the foreword to the detailed coalition document states, the government is set to “take the Conservative thinking on markets, choice and competition” and “combine it with the Liberal […]
Burns and Burstow join health team
Two health ministers have been appointed to join health secretary Andrew Lansley at the Department of Health. The appointment of Conservative Simon Burns and Liberal Democrat Paul Burstow suggests there may not be a ministerial place for Conservative Stephen O’Brien or Lib Dem Norman Lamb, who both shadowed health in opposition. However, the junior ministerial […]
Lansley gets health job in tough times
The new health secretary has confirmed that the NHS will receive ‘real terms’ increases in funding, but this will not make it immune from the need to find ‘efficiency savings’.
ContactPoint to be scrapped
The controversial children’s database ContactPoint is to be scrapped by the new government, the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have revealed.
Hospitals failing to pass on crime data
Almost four out of five NHS hospitals are failing to collect and share data with police and local authorities that could help to reduce violent crime. Figures obtained in response to a Freedom of Information Act requests by the Liberal Democrats show that of 123 acute trusts that responded, only 25 were collecting details relating […]
ContactPoint goes live
The government has launched its national children’s database, ContactPoint, which will provide demographic data on every child in the country plus the name and address of any professional working with them. The controversial database has been criticised by civil liberties groups and some children’s campaigners, but backed by other children’s organisations and both the Royal […]
This is the year to come
Sandra Hempel asks leading figures in healthcare IT to look ahead to 2009.
That was the year that was…
Say goodbye to 2008 with E-Health Insider’s news review.