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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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Are healthcare organisations finally making a move to the cloud?

Sam Woodcock, Director Solutions Architect EMEA and APAC at iland, looks at the future of cloud adoption in healthcare organisations, throughout this article 
Midland Metropolitan Hospital

Plans confirmed to open Midland Metropolitan Hospital by 2022

The Midland Metropolitan Hospital will open in 2022 after the government and local NHS trust reached an agreement to finish construction work.
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New data reveals cancer diagnosis could affect treatment options

Data from Public Health England shows that cancer diagnosis could impact upon which kind of treatment a patient receives.

Lone Workers – Your Hidden Workforce

There are over six million lone workers in the UK which represents about 20% of the UK workforce. They represent the “hidden” workforce that is under represented in an office they rarely frequent.
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New system of consent for organ and tissue donation announced

The government has outlined plans to implement a new system of consent for organ and tissue donation in order to tackle a shortage of donors
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NHS Employers hold careers fair for Armed Forces personnel

NHS Employers held a careers fair, on Wednesday, to help members of the Armed Forces community find jobs and training opportunities in the health sector
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Public sector organisations to receive much-need apprentices

A new contract has been awarded to leading provider Arch Apprentices which will provide public sector organisations throughout the UK with more access to apprentices.
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UK councils back government plans to put a cap on care

England’s largest councils have backed government plans to introduce a cap on care – but warn that it must be fully-funded to avoid the collapse of services and care providers.
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Home Office toolkit supports EU settlement scheme

Employers, industry groups and community groups in the UK will be able to give EU citizens practical advice on how to apply for settled status with the help of a new Home Office toolkit.
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New health secretary pledges £475 million digitisation fund in first speech

Matt Hancock, the new health secretary, has unveiled a £475 million digitisation fund to help the NHS invest in technology

An introduction to shortness of breath (dyspnoea)

NHS 24 provides an introduction to sudden shortness of breath, which is also known as breathing difficulty (dyspnoea)
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NHS patients willing to pay more tax to improve services

More than four in five of NHS users would be willing to pay more tax to secure significant improvements to the service, according to a new poll commissioned by the NHS Confederation
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NHS England: Digital transformation in the NHS

NHS England’s views on digital transformation in the NHS are assessed here by Open Access Government.

WiFi connectivity enhancing the patient hospital experience during the NHS’s 70th anniversary

Innovative, state-of-the-art WiFi is the key to ensuring patients have the best hospital experience

HSCN Security: Sharing the responsibility, halving the problems

With cyberattacks like WannaCry grabbing the headlines and bringing the NHS under increased scrutiny, it is now essential that healthcare organisations have their affairs in order when it comes to security and data protection
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NHS England Diabetes Prevention Programme

NHS England’s Diabetes Prevention Programme is placed under the spotlight by Open Access Government 

NHS to benefit from £20.5 billion funding boost over the next 5 years

The Prime Minister has announced that the NHS will receive increased funding of £20.5 billion per year by the end of five years
NHS procurement

NHS procurement process must change, says O’Donovan

Matt O’Donovan, CEO of WiFi SPARK, discusses his views on NHS procurement in this Open Access Government article 
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NHS Trusts struggling to implement digital transformation strategies despite Government investment

Research from SolarWinds reveals two-fifths of NHS trusts either have no digital transformation strategy, or have just begun to work on one

Will Brexit really help or hinder the NHS?

Tilly Bailey & Irvine Law Firm, has looked at the latest commentary surrounding how the NHS will operate post-Brexit to try and draw up some conclusions about what lies ahead for the organisation

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