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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.


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.


NHS is facing an existential crisis

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has conceded there are difficulties facing the NHS and said there is “no excuse” for them
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Health and Social Care Network: Connectivity in public sector procurement

Innopsis director Michael Bowyer takes stock as the healthcare sector prepares for the launch of the Health and Social Care Network in March this year As NHS Digital, healthcare providers and industry prepare for the roll out of the Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) in March 2017, we see...

Accessible healthcare for all

Sarah White, Policy and Partnerships Manager (Health) at the national disability charity Sense outlines the importance of healthcare being accessible for people who are deafblind. At some point in our lives, we will all need to access the healthcare system; whether through our GP, pharmacist, other healthcare professionals or specialist...

Where will our new medicines come from?

A view from one of the drug discovery teams at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland Earlier this year I completed a three-year term as a ‘Public Partner’ on the Scottish Medicines. Consortium (SMC), which is the body that advises the National Health Service in Scotland on the cost-effectiveness of medicines....
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NHS overspends by nearly £1bn in three months

New figures have revealed the NHS has run up £930m deficit in just three months… NHS trusts in England are in significant financial trouble after collectively racking up debts approaching £1bn. Regulators said the figures, which relate to the first three months of the financial year, showed the amount of...
Smoking ban spares children serious illness

Smoking ban spares children serious illness

New research has revealed the smoking ban has prevented thousands of children from serious illness and reduced the number of hospital admissions The smoking ban, which was introduced in England in 2007, has prevented illness in thousands of children. Research published in the European Respiratory Journal examined hospital admission records of...
The NHS has a 'substantial financial problem'

The NHS has a ‘substantial financial problem’

The former Chief Executive of NHS England Sir David Nicholson has revealed the NHS is accruing large deficits, which are largely being ignored by politicians It is no secret the NHS is in crisis. Over the last 12 months, hospitals have warned of problems with growing demands for services, as...
Greens launch election manifesto

The Green Party launches election manifesto

The Green Party is set to launch its election manifesto, which will include a call to “take back” the NHS from the private sector Party leader Natalie Bennett and MP Caroline Lucas are set to unveil their party's election manifesto today. It will focus on issues such as stopping the...

Is the UK delivering effective mental health services?

Over the last few months, there has been increasing reports of failures to meet the needs of patients with mental illnesses in the UK. Open Access Government examines the impact of cuts on the sector Mental health services are in trouble, it seems. Last year an investigation by Community Care...
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Care in the home

Dominic Carter, Policy Officer at the United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) details how home care can be more flexible and beneficial to the patient’s needs Homecare is a growing and varied service, focused on providing care and support in people’s own homes, ranging from shorter visits to remind an older person...

Embracing 21st Century paediatric rheumatology

Dr Clarissa Pilkington, Consultant in Adolescent and Paediatric Rheumatology at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) sheds light on paediatric rheumatology and how treatment has improved over the years Paediatric rheumatology is a vibrant and relatively new speciality with active research pushing forward new therapies and drugs. It now needs to grow...
Increasing National Insurance will pay for NHS

Increasing National Insurance will help pay for NHS

Labour MP Frank Field has said no party had yet proposed solutions to tackle the issues facing the NHS and called for his party to increase National Insurance contributions to pay for services In a co-authored paper, Labour MP Frank Field accused his party of failing to face up to...
The growing crisis in the NHS

The growing crisis in the NHS

Adjacent Digital Politics examines the crisis facing the NHS, why it came about, and what—if anything—can be done to fix it. The NHS is in crisis. As the winter has progressed things seem to have gone from bad to worse for the health service. Recent figures show that accident and emergency...
Breastfeeding could save the NHS millions

Breastfeeding could save the NHS millions

Breastfeeding babies for longer could save the NHS millions of pounds as it improves the health of both the mother and child. Unicef UK said increasing the amount of time women breastfeed could save £11m every year by preventing infections and £31m by reducing the number of cases of breast...
NHS deficit is nearly £500m

Figures show NHS deficit is nearly £500m

According to new figures, the NHS in England ran up a deficit of nearly £500m in the first few months of the financial year. Reports published by Monitor and the Trust Development Agency have revealed that the NHS in England was in almost £500m deficit in the first few months...
10% of NHS drugs budget spent on diabetes prescriptions

10% of NHS drugs budget spent on diabetes drugs

According to the Health and Social Care Information Centre, prescriptions for diabetes account for almost 10 per cent of the NHS primary care drugs budget in England. The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) has revealed that almost 10 per cent of the NHS primary care drugs budget in...

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