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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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A lack of bed capacity in hospitals is forcing mentally ill children into adult wards, reports NationalHealthExecutive.com. The report from the Education Policy Institute noted that under 18′s had spent 2,700 days in adult wards in two months.

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The NHS needs to urgently develop leaders to drive forward digital technology in health, reports NationalHealthExecutive.com. The call has come following a number of high-profile failings in the NHS’ use of digital technology, including work with Google’s DeepMind.

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Low CT productivity in early mornings needs attention, reports AuntMinnieEurope.com. These findings come from research undertaken at the acute radiology department of the University Hospital of South Manchester, with data showing that whilst machines were scheduled to operate for nine... Read more

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NHS organisations must protect themselves against cyber-crime, reports NationalHealthExecutive.com. In light of the WannaCrypt attack this year, the NHS Digital Data Security Centre has released their immediate recommendations for trusts to ensure their security.

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Mental health providers have been urged to adopt quality improvement initiatives, reports NationalHealthExecutive.com. The recommendations come from the think tank The King’s Fund, which found that more must be done to integrate recommended measures.