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Modernising and securing the future of the health service in England would cost at least £9.5bn in upfront spending, reports TheGuardian.com. Health managers in 44 areas have been charged with creating sustainability and transformation plans to help the NHS repair its crumbling finances and meet clinical and organisation challenges. Dr Mark Porter, the British Medical Association’s chief, said, “The NHS is at breaking point and the STP process could have offered a chance to deal with some of the problems that the NHS is facing, like unnecessary competition, expensive fragmentation and buildings and equipment often unfit for purpose. But there is clearly nowhere near the funding required to carry out these plans.”

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IT and new technology designed to drive innovation should be at the top of the agenda for the NHS, reports NationalHealthExecutive.com. Matthew Swindells, NHS England’s national director for operations and information, said, “we need every board to put IT at... Read more

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The NHS is spending almost £80m a year hiring private ambulances to answer 999 calls and take patients to hospital appointments, reports TheGuardian.com. Widespread shortages of paramedics and rising demand forced England’s 10 NHS ambulance trusts to spend £78.4m in... Read more

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Researchers have discovered that AI can diagnose Alzheimer’s 86% of the time, reports Engadget.com. Furthermore, it can also detect mild cognitive impairment 84% of the time, making it a potentially effective tool for early diagnosis.

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