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GP pressures, innovation and bicycle prescriptions – This week’s Friday Five

Minister announces new national innovation ‘unit’ Health Minister Nicola Blackwood has announced that a new national unit is being established to oversee innovation and medicines. It will be led by Dr Sam Roberts, who is currently NHSE and I’s director of innovation and research. The innovation unit will house the accelerated access collaborative, which was…

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NHSX – Has the NHS’s digital revolution arrived?

This week, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, announced a new NHS body for digital, data and technology, NHSX. The aim of this new joint-venture between NHS England/Improvement and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is to work more closely with technology companies to improve IT in the…

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The NHS Long Term Plan: commentary so far

Today, NHS England’s heavily anticipated Long Term Plan was finally published, following a classic government body delay. The launch, which took place at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust in Liverpool, naturally stimulated lots of reaction from across the NHS, wider healthcare sector and media outlets. This is a round up of the best opinion, commentary…