Tagged: Simon Burns

IT agreement to save the taxpayer over £1 billion

Savings of over £1 billion will be reinvested into the NHS following the Department of Health’s legally binding agreement with CSC, suppliers of the Lorenzo healthcare IT system. This agreement will give local hospitals and NHS organisations the power to … Read more → – IT agreement to save the taxpayer over £1 billion

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Hospitals and patients urged to take action on missed appointments

NHS hospitals should make more use of innovative solutions to tackle the number of people who miss their appointments, Health Minister Simon Burns urged today. The NHS made good progress last year to reduce the number of missed outpatient appointments … Read more → – Hospitals and patients urged to take action on missed appointments

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Almost £3.5 billion spending increase on front line services

The NHS has saved £1.5 billion since last year by cutting the number of managers, and reducing expenditure on wasteful IT projects.    Spending on frontline NHS services has increased by £3.4 billion (or 3.5%) in cash terms compared to … Read more → – Almost £3.5 billion spending increase on front line services

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NHS 111 sees 1,000,000th call

NHS 111 has received over 1 million calls, Health Minister Simon Burns announced today, as latest figures show that 92% of callers were very or fairly satisfied with their NHS 111 experience. The new NHS 111 service, which means patients … Read more → – NHS 111 sees 1,000,000th call

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Buying smarter could save NHS £1.2bn

New ways of buying supplies and medical equipment could save the NHS £1.2 billion to reinvest in patient care, Health Minister Simon Burns announced today. The NHS has been asked to ‘raise its game’ when purchasing goods and services, such … Read more → – Buying smarter could save NHS £1.2bn

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New plans could help two million people with hidden lung-disease and save 7,800 lives a year

The two million people with a potentially fatal lung-disease who have not been diagnosed could now be identified and treated if the NHS follows a new action plan for respiratory problems. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis … Read more → – New plans could help two million people with hidden lung-disease and save 7,800 lives a year

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Unite day of industrial action over NHS pensions

The union Unite has voted to stage a day of industrial action on 10th May over planned changes to the NHS pension scheme. Health Minister Simon Burns said: “The NHS and those working in the health service should never take … Read more → – Unite day of industrial action over NHS pensions

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Latest NHS workforce figures published

The NHS Information Centre has published NHS workforce statistics for December 2011 and the Annual Census workforce stats for September 2010 – September 2011. Health Minister Simon Burns said: “We welcome the latest figures that show there are more clinical staff … Read more → – Latest NHS workforce figures published

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Lives saved as more than 14 million patients are screened for blood clots

Patients are now almost twice as likely to be screened in hospital for venous thromboembolism (VTE) than in 2010, helping save thousands of lives, Health Minister Simon Burns today announced. Venous thromboembolism (VTE), which includes blood clots in one of … Read more → – Lives saved as more than 14 million patients are screened for blood clots

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Heart attack deaths halve

Oxford researchers have found that the number of fatal heart attacks in England has halved in the past 10 years, partly because of better hospital care and partly becuase of lifestyle improvements. Health Minister Simon Burns said; “These improvements are welcome and demonstrate the progress … Read more → – Heart attack deaths halve

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