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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.

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Implementing digital food menus in hospitals

Tom Wright, Head of Digital Engagement at NDL, discusses the various ways in which technology can improve the hospital food ordering system.
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NHS GP says long COVID patients “shouldn’t suffer in silence”

NHS GP and lead GP at Numan, Dr Luke Pratsides tells us everything he knows about the symptoms of long COVID and what’s being done to tackle this novel disease.
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Support health workers with digital health training

Liz Ashall-Payne, Founding CEO of ORCHA, discusses why we must support frontline health workers with world-class digital health training.
Shielded Patient List

How data shielded our most vulnerable during the pandemic

Mark Reynolds, Chief Technology Officer at NHS Digital, talks about the unique challenges brought about by the pandemic, and how using data innovatively with the Shielded Patient List and Population Risk Assessment helped to identify and protect some of the most vulnerable in society.
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How digital solutions will support the NHS’s recovery

Matt Elcock, Founder/Managing Director of Push Doctor, charts the road ahead when it comes to how digital solutions will support the NHS’s recovery.
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Mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic

Medical Reviewer & Addiction Advocate, Ray Sadoun, shares his thoughts on the extent of mental health in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Health innovation is key to resolving challenges faced by the NHS

Lorna Green, Director of Enterprise and Growth, describes the role of the Innovation Agency and the AHSN Network across England and how health innovation is increasingly becoming integral to resolving the long-term challenges faced by the NHS.
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NHS says 20% of people hospitalised with COVID are young

New figures from the NHS show that 20% of people hospitalised with COVID right now are young - between the ages of 18 to 34.

Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to be offered to 16-17-year-olds

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has recommended that all 16 and 17-year-olds should receive their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
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NHS Track and Trace app will ‘ping’ fewer contacts to isolate

Fewer contacts will be notified to self-isolate following updates to the NHS COVID-19 Track and Trace app.
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NHS say 170,000 Moderna jabs to expire in next two weeks

According to The Guardian, the NHS is concerned that 170,000 Moderna jabs will expire soon - as vaccine take-up in the 18-25 year old bracket slows down.
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The pandemic, after the pandemic: Healthcare transformation can help solve staff burnout

Mike Hobby, Healthcare Transformation Partner, Checkit, explores how healthcare transformation can put a stop to staff burnout before it becomes a pandemic itself.
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Partnership between ReStart and Better to improve NHS data interoperability

A new partnership between ReStart and Better will help health and care professionals access the data they need when they need it in real-time.
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NHS say health service now overwhelmed to “height of pandemic” levels

NHS Providers have written a letter, showing that health service resources are now as overwhelmed as they were in January, 2021 - with the situation predicted to get worse before it gets better.
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NHS heroes to receive a pay increase of just 3%

The UK government has accepted the recommendations to offer NHS staff a pay increase of just 3% and junior doctors will miss out completely .
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Food sector added to COVID isolation exemption list

Today (23 July), the UK announced that staff involved in securing food supply will now be added to the COVID isolation exemption list - with the exception of supermarket workers.

Listen to local government if we are to succeed in joining up health and...

David McKinney, Local Government Managing Director at Servelec, argues that Integrated Care Systems (ICS) will fall at the first hurdle if local authorities aren’t viewed and treated as equal partners.

Unhealthy food promotion will be restricted in retailers from October 2022

Promotions on food and drinks high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) in retailers will be restricted from October 2022, UK government announces.
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Plans to increase patient protection under new GP data collection programme

Patient data used for research will be better protected under new safeguarding plans ahead of the GP Data for Planning and Research programme.

More than 10 million people have signed up to use the NHS App

Over 6 million more people have signed up to the NHS App since the COVID-19 vaccination status service, bringing its total number of users to more than 10 million.

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