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The NHS or National Health Service is the name used for the UK’s public health service. It was established in 1948 as one of the major social reforms decided after the Second World War. it was founded upon these main principles. That the services should be comprehensive, universal and free. UK residents are not charged for the treatment they receive. Citizens within the EU containing a European Heath Card can receive emergency treatment at no cost. Along with persons from countries with which the UK has reciprocal arrangements concerning health care.

Funding

The funding of the NHS comes 98.8 percent from general taxation and National Insurance contributions along with donations. The 2008/9 budget roughly equates to a contribution of £1,980 per person in the UK. When Launched the NHS budget was around £437 million however it received more than £100 billion in 2008/2009. 60 percent of the NHS budget is used to pay staff. With a further 20 percent paying for drugs and other supplies.

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Data science: Providing medication and creating a more efficient NHS

Rich Pugh, Chief Data Scientist at Mango Solutions, discusses how data science can be used for good, with a particular focus on the provision of medication and helping create a more efficient NHS.
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MEDITECH: Global Digital Exemplars lead the UK’s healthcare revolution

Helen Waters, Executive Vice President of MEDITECH explains how Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust are Global Digital Exemplars leading the UK’s healthcare revolution.
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Improving ‘experience’ in modern healthcare and IT together

Phil Turnock, Chief Digital Officer, NHS East & North Hertfordshire CCG, explores the link between modern healthcare and IT – looking at the similarities between the patient experience and the digital employee experience.
AI-based health systems

How can AI-powered remote monitoring systems revolutionise healthcare? 

Nathan McKinley, Business Development Manager at Cerdonis Technologies LLC, explores how patient monitoring and prevention of health hazards has become easier with the help of AI-based health systems and applications.
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NHS sign deal with BT to build a digital blood donor network

NHS Blood and Transplant have signed a deal with BT to improve its blood donor network through digital transformation.
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UK see’s first remote diagnostic procedure over 5G

BT and the University Hospital Birmingham have demonstrated the UK’s first remote diagnostic procedure over 5G.
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Tiny transporters could deliver treatment to stroke patients

Swarms of nanoparticles which are 15,000 times smaller than a pinhead may be able to deliver vital drugs to the brain, offering new hope to stroke patients.
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Why updated software remains critical to the NHS

Chris Mountford, account director and head of public sector at Stone Group, highlights the critical importance of NHS providers updating their software to Windows 10 as recent research found that three-quarters of trusts were still using Windows 7.
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How can you support a loved one who is battling with mental health issues?

Making the first move in reaching out to a loved one who is suffering with their mental health will make the world of difference to their wellbeing. Here, we discuss how best to approach the subject and how you can offer support.
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Public back NHS plans for new fast treatment

England’s top doctor has welcomed public support for NHS proposals on fast treatment for those who need it in A&E.
digital prescriptions

£26 million awarded to implement digital prescriptions in hospitals

25 NHS trusts will receive a share of the £26 million to replace outdated paper systems and introduce digital prescriptions.
personal health budgets

100,000 patients to receive personal health budgets under changed law

Everyone eligible for an NHS wheelchair and people who require aftercare services under section 117 of the Mental Health Act will have access to personal health budgets.
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78 NHS trusts to receive new cancer screening machines

The 78 trusts, that have now been announced, will receive funding for new machines that will improve patient experience and lead to earlier cancer diagnosis.
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Researchers discover new genetic brain disease

Manchester researchers have contributed towards the discovery of a genetic brain disease which can cause paraplegia and epilepsy in sufferers.
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Budget delay could fuel NHS pension crisis, says Tilney

Graham MacLeod, financial planning director at Tilney, looks at the ongoing issues and what impact the Budget delay could have on the NHS pension crisis.
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Tick-borne brain virus detected in the UK

A tick-borne encephalitis brain virus detected in 2 parts of England for the first time has been widely discussed: What's the truth behind the story?
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A third of people living with sight loss experience mental health issues

A poll commissioned by eye research charity Fight for Sight has found that 4 in 10 Brits either has or knows someone with significant sight loss, and a third of these people have experienced mental health issues.
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Fertility information: Giving young cancer patients the chance to have children

Young people with cancer are potentially being robbed of the ability to have children as important information around fertility is not being communicated at the earliest opportunity says the cancer charity, Teenage Cancer Trust.
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NHS: Why AI investment is just one piece of the puzzle

The news that the UK Government is investing in artificial intelligence is hugely welcome, but to truly reap the benefits, AI must be part of a wider scheme of data utilisation, digital process automation and citizen engagement. Peter Ford, Public Sector Industry Principal, Pegasystems tells us more.
Electronic Prescription Service

New Electronic Prescription Service could save NHS £300 million

The NHS could save £300 million over the next 3 years as Phase 4 of the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) is rolled out across the country.

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