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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.

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PM Boris Johnson must solve social care crisis says NHS Confederation

New Prime Minister Boris Johnson must solve social care crisis, boost capital spending and reform NHS pensions, says NHS Confederation.
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New health-data programme to detect diseases early

Diseases could be detected even before people experience symptoms, thanks to a pioneering new health-data programme as part of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy.
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Same-day pharmacy consultations offered to patients

Patients with minor health issues will be offered same-day pharmacy consultations under a new deal announced by the Health and Social Care Secretary.
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Playing catch-up: An update on the NHS digital revolution

Here, Andrew Gardner discusses what is really going on under the surface of the NHS digital revolution and what further needs to happen.
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Thousands of NHS doctors and dentists to receive pay rise

The Health and Social Care Secretary has announced one of the biggest pay rises in a decade for thousands of NHS doctors and dentists.
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New approach to engaging rough sleeping and homeless community

Public Health England South West coordinated a multi-intervention day with local healthcare providers, charities and services to provide TB screening for the rough sleeping and homeless community.
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New joint local services inspections to focus on children’s mental health

Ofsted have published guidance for inspectors for new series of joint inspections focusing on children’s mental health.
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Diabetes UK appoints twenty new Clinical Champions

Diabetes UK has appointed twenty healthcare professionals, including consultants, nurses, GPs, dietitians, podiatrists, pharmacists and psychologists as its newest cohort of Clinical Champions.
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Government announces £135 million investment in health research

New government investment in health research will help tackle the biggest challenges over the next 5 years, including dementia, obesity and mental health.
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NHS mental health programme to be rolled out in schools nationwide

Education Secretary Damian Hinds sets out new plans to bring specialist NHS mental health services to UK schools for young people.
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Amazon’s Alexa to provide NHS-verified health advice

The NHS has announced that it is collaborating with Amazon to provide NHS-verified health advice from its website through Alexa
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NHS to trial ‘subscription’ payment model for pharmaceutical companies

The NHS will test the world's first ‘subscription’ style payment model to incentivise pharmaceutical companies to develop new drugs for resistant infections.
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NHS and digital transformation: The long-term plan

In this article, David Highton reflects on how the long-term plan needs to address the NHS and digital transformation.
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NHSX initiative to digitally transform health services officially launches

Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s NHSX initiative, that aims to transform digital innovation in the health service, officially launched last week.
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NHS to prioritise early cancer detection and survival

Cancer diagnosis will be made faster and more accurate with new technology to improve detection and survival, Matt Hancock announces.
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NHS acute trusts’ laboratory information systems ‘not fit for purpose’

Recent research by Transforming Healthcare Consultancy has revealed that 25% of NHS acute trusts are not compliant with standards that ensure that Laboratory Information Management Systems are fit-for-purpose.
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Future proofing the NHS: How can automation help?

James Ewing, Regional Director UK at Digital Workforce, discusses how automation can help to future proof the NHS, here.
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Researchers find that patients are not given arthritis drugs

University of Manchester scientists found that drugs for patients with severe rheumatoid arthritis should be given to moderate sufferers to prevent high levels of disability.
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NHS laptop and mobile thefts rise by one third

Laptops, mobiles, tablet computers, and televisions amongst items reported lost or stolen from hospitals across the country as thefts rise by one third.
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NHS senior clinicians to be given more flexible pensions

High-earning senior clinicians will be able to save into their NHS pension without facing significant tax charges, under plans launched by the government today.

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