Care minister Norman Lamb has announced the launch of an independent review that will look at options for supporting employee voices and their stake in NHS organisations, to strengthen staff engagement in the health service.
A research report by an employment law firm claims that sexual harassment is “rife in the workplace” with six in ten working women having experienced a male colleague behaving “inappropriately” towards them.
Public Health England (PHE) has published a Cold Weather Plan for England for 2013, which aims to prevent avoidable harm to health by alerting people to the negative health effects of cold weather and helping them to prepare and respond appropriately.
The Immigration Bill, announced by home secretary Theresa May, includes new measures to crack down on “health tourism”, including requiring GPs to vet the migration status of new patients and forcing temporary migrants such as overseas students to make a contribution to the NHS, including for access to general practice.
Monitor has opened its first investigation into whether patients have been disadvantaged by the way non-emergency hospital services were purchased by two clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre area of Lancashire.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester that GP surgeries will be able to bid for funding to roll out Skype and telephone consultations with patients, as well as extend their opening hours.