Jeremy Hunt’s first Budget came and went without mentioning public services. But think-tanks predicted the Chancellor would have to revisit NHS funding as inflation and workforce pay demands continue to eat into its financial settlement.
NHS England published a ‘who does what’ document, setting out the role of the centre, integrated care systems, and trusts in digitising healthcare. It also named an interim CIO as the turmoil trigged by its merger with NHSX and NHS Digital continues. Meantime, it was Digital Health Rewired – watch out for a full report next week.
Ahead of next week’s Budget, the Health Service Journal reported that the NHS’ 2023-4 contracting round is likely to be particularly tough, with the first cut of integrated care system plans coming in at a £6 billion deficit. NHS England has imposed a new contract on GPs, with a big focus on access and the roll-out of cloud telephony.
The AI revolution gathered pace, with the Department of Health and Social Care announcing another round of awards and a review of the use of data and technology in the prevention and treatment of cancer. Against this background, don’t miss our interview with Clive Flashman, arguing for systems thinking in IT adoption and a greater focus on safety.
The costs of NHS England’s merger with NHS Digital and Health Education England continued to mount as the health service braced for a disruptive, three-day strike by junior doctors. The Scottish Government published a health and care data strategy while NHS England issued guidance to integrated care systems on setting up an intelligence function.
Also this week: an interview with Clive Flashman, a long-standing advocate for patient safety and engagement. Clive argues the NHS needs to take a systems approach to getting the right tech in the right places – and to build in learning loops to assure clinicians and patients that digital delivery is safe and effective.
Healthcare Roundup 17 March 2023