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Babies, HIV and the cloud- this week’s Friday Five

Hancock introducing mandatory IT standards for the NHS In a document published on Wednesday, Hancock said that the NHS should move data and IT systems to the cloud, using a system similar to Microsoft or Amazon, where they would benefit from “the resilience and backups of some of the most cyber-aware and heavily invested companies in…

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A good week for suicide prevention and autism diagnosis, a bad week for agency staff and HES – this week’s Friday Five

Prime minister introduces a minister for suicide prevention on World Mental Health Day Jackie Doyle-Price, an MP since 2010, has been appointed as minister for mental health, inequalities and suicide prevention in England by prime minister Theresa May as the government hosts the first ever global mental health summit. Her role will include making sure each…

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Pioneering radiotherapy, contaminated blood scandal and multidrug-resistant TB – this week’s Friday Five

Pioneering radiotherapy treatment The first patient in the UK, Barry Dolling, has been treated with the MR Linac, which simultaneously scans tumours inside the body while delivering X-ray radiation beams. The machine seamlessly combines MRI and radiotherapy without interference. This allows clinicians to adjust treatment in real time, making it highly accurate and will hopefully…