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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.

AI investment

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.
Cannabis-based medicines

Cannabis-based medicines as a treatment for epilepsy in the UK

Sam Mountney, Senior Policy & Campaigns Officer at Epilepsy Action, shares his expertise on cannabis-based medicines as a treatment for epilepsy in the UK.
barriers to patient flow, digital solutions

Could technology help break down barriers to patient flow in the healthcare system?

Neil Laycock, Managing Director of Healthcare, Servelec, explores the potential for digital solutions to change the narrative on managing precious assets in the healthcare environment.
Access to medical cannabis

Access to medical cannabis and to what extent is medical cannabis now legalised?

Cosmo Feilding Mellen, Managing Director of Spectrum Therapeutics UK looks at access to medical cannabis and to what extent is medical cannabis now legalised.
credible domestic agenda, NHS confederation

NHS Confederation on Queen’s Speech: “Develop a credible domestic agenda”

The NHS Confederation and Amnesty International respond to the Queen's Speech, highlighting elements such as a credible domestic agenda and a need for immigration reform.

New SBS Framework: Audio Visual Solutions and Integrated Operating Theatres

Here, we find out about the highest-scoring supplier – Jones AV Ltd, who discuss the New SBS Framework: Audio Visual Solutions and Integrated Operating Theatres.
Recovering from austerity

Public sector: Recovering from austerity

Neville Henderson, Senior Consultant, Crown Workforce Management discusses how the public sector can recover from the pain of austerity in this article.
leading digital change, patient safety

Leading digital change with WellSky EPMA

Of the digitisation projects ongoing at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals (STHK) NHS Trust, electronic prescribing and medicines administration (EPMA) represents the biggest step forward for patient safety.
know about pcos

Everything you need to know about PCOS

The NHS reports that 1 in 5 women in the UK are currently affected by PCOS, but what do we really know about the condition? It’s imperative that women have a clear understanding of their reproductive health. here, we explain everything you need to know about PCOS.
health legislation changes

NHS Confed: Proposed health legislation changes are the right steps to better patient care

Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation responds to the legislative reform proposals published today by NHS England and Improvement.
localised patient flow, digitalised primary care

Tailormade tech: The digital primary care solution going further to create automated and localised...

Ben Wood, Director of Operations & Sales at Klinik Healthcare Solutions UK Limited explains how Klinik, is the digital primary care solution going further to create automated patient flow, which is entirely localised.
cybersecurity in hospitals, hospitals and care centres

Cybersecurity in hospitals and care centres

Dr Peter Leitner and Stela Shiroka, at INTERSPREAD GmbH, detail cybersecurity in hospitals and care centres and their thoughts on the need for increased awareness and enhanced training capabilities in Europe.
calls for online protection, social media sites

Social media sites listen to NHS call for online protection

Facebook and Instagram have announced they are removing posts that promote 'miracle' cures like get-slim-quick products, which are known to have damaging side effects.
survivors of female genital mutilitation, NHS clinics

NHS supports survivors of female genital mutilation (FGM)

Hundreds of survivors of female genital mutilation (FGM) will be able to access expert care, support and treatment due to a new network of NHS clinics being launched.
operation yellowhammer, NHS confederation

Brexit ‘mini-deal’ can prevent Operation Yellowhammer, says NHS Confederation

Today (12 September) the NHS Confederation responded to the publication of Operation Yellowhammer, a document describing alarming food and medicine shortages after Brexit.
25 inch knives, knife crime

NHS calls for crackdown on sales of 25 inch knives

A leading trauma surgeon has led the call for more to be done to restrict the sale of harmful 25-inch knives to help prevent violent crime.
ai in healthcare

What are the data protection challenges of using AI in healthcare?

This article considers the increasing political interest in the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in healthcare and considers how data protection legislation may help to build greater understanding and trust.
NHS technology

Government to invest over £130 million in new NHS technology

Patients will benefit from significant government investment in new NHS technology to improve treatment, diagnosis and care options for diseases including cancer.
health and social care network

Health and social care network – a vision or reality?

Mike Thomas, Managing Director of Innopsis, the trade association for suppliers of digital infrastructure and services to the UK public sector asks if a health and social care network is a vision or reality.

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