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.
Chief Executive Duncan Selbie has called on local authorities to ensure that all local residents eligible for a free NHS Health Check get an invite – to help tackle the one in four premature deaths in the country caused by cardiovascular disease (CVD).
The NHS Health Check is free for...
Jonathan Evans, communications manager at the Association of British Healthcare Industries explores the broad and diverse MedTech sector as it stands today
The Medical Technology (MedTech) sector is broad and diverse. There are thousands of products on the market, from wound care dressings, needles and syringes, pacemakers, knees and hips,...
Ellen Rowles from Action PR highlights how local community leisure centres play a key role in rehabilitation and ease the burden on GPs
A growing amount of evidence has shown that the average workload for GPs has increased 16% over the past seven years resulting in GPs resigning at a...
Georgina O’Toole, Chief Analyst at TechMarketView, explains why, in a digital environment, public sector organisations cannot afford to be insular
TechMarketView’s recently published analysis of the UK public sector ICT market revealed a picture that can be viewed in the context of ‘micro’ trends and ‘macro’ trends.
In our view, the...
CEO of Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, Paula Chadwick, explains why it is now the time to finally prioritise lung health
The events of Tuesday 21st November 2017 have the potential to change the lives of thousands of people in England. It was the day NHS England finally prioritised early...
Islam Elkonaissi and Zahra Laftah from the UKCPA explore the British model of supporting excellence in clinical pharmacy practice
In the UK, evidence that pharmacists can provide better clinical outcomes and more efficient, consistent and sustainable services for patients, is increasing. In this article, key themes are discussed to showcase...
Publishing national chemotherapy data has helped NHS hospitals make changes that should improve treatment, as Emma Saxon reveals in this article
Jeremy Hunt has been criticised after new data shows a substantial drop in the number of GPs despite his promise to boost staff
A newly published austerity report has linked Conservative economic policy with the deaths of 120,000 people, urging the government to increase spending
Jon Lee-Davey, IoT Health Lead at Vodafone, and Bernard Vrijens, from the University of Liege explain how IoT in healthcare can revolutionise hospitals
Experts are voicing their concerns that a poor Brexit deal could badly affect medical research partnerships if EU programmes are not replaced
David Partridge from the British Infection Association provides a comprehensive overview of effective infection prevention and control in the UK today
Mental health staff have linked cuts to services and staff shortages with an increase in assault and abuse from patients, especially in England
The collapse of a private ambulance firm working with the NHS has led to calls for an inquiry from Labour MP Justin Madders
New mental health figures revealed by a study show that a quarter of teenage girls and 1 in 10 teenage boys have suffered from depression
After extended campaigns from charities and prominent figures, a lung cancer drug said to extend the life of sufferers has been made available on the NHS
The nivolumab lung cancer drug is already available in Scotland for those with advanced lung cancer who are already undergoing chemotherapy.
The immunotherapy treatment stimulates...
An ATP cleaning verification system can help ensure cleaning is thorough and effective, saving money and lives in healthcare settings
The financial impact of poor cleaning is huge, yet the delivery of this vital underpinning service is not measured at all. By contrast, in almost all other aspects of healthcare,...
Unions representing NHS staff have written to the government demanding a 3.9% pay rise after figures show wages have fallen compared with inflation
After the government announced that the pay cap on public sector workers was to be lifted NHS staff have written to the Chancellor asking for a raise to...
A new map shows that diagnosis of liver disease varies greatly across different areas of the country, with some places having a much higher mortality rate
A new atlas detailing diagnosis of liver disease, and death as a result, shows there is a stark contrast across different parts of the...
Michael Bowyer of Innopsis highlights the need for improved connectivity to boost the government's NHS digital strategy and improve integration
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