Government promises will not be sold to insurance companies

11 March 2014

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced that insurance companies will not be able to purchase patient medical records through the NHS scheme, after NHS England’s own risk assessment warned that patients could be “re-identified” if the anonymised data is subsequently combined with other information in the hands of private companies.

National Diabetes Audit continues to expand

4 March 2014

The National Diabetes Audit (NDA) is in its ninth year assimilating data from primary and secondary care. Commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) as part of the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP), it is delivered by the Health and Social Care Information Centre, in collaboration with Diabetes UK.

NHS England delays launch of scheme

4 March 2014

NHS England national director for patients and information Tim Kelsey has issued a statement saying the programme of patient data collection from GP surgeries will begin in the autumn, instead of in April, to allow more time to build understanding of the benefits and safeguards, and of how people can opt out if they choose to.

Flu vaccination to extend to all four-year olds

4 March 2014

Public Health England (PHE) has confirmed that the national childhood flu vaccination programme for 2–17-year olds will be extended nationally to 4-year olds through GP practices, and to children aged 11 to 13 years through pilot programmes in schools.

Latest violence at work figures

19 February 2014

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has released a new set of statistics on violence in the workplace, indicating the number of violent incidents at work has declined over the past decade, with the incident rate remaining stable over the last four years.

Former M&S Chair to advise on NHS leadership

19 February 2014

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced that former Marks & Spencer (M&S) Chair Sir Stuart Rose has been appointed by the Department of Health (DH) to advise on attracting and retaining top managers in the NHS.