A study has reported that the use of telemonitoring to remotely support patients with managing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) did not reduce their risk of being admitted to hospital with an acute exacerbation.
The Department of Health (DH) has issued updated guidance on implementing the National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations 2011 for hospital charging in England, including information about the responsibilities of GPs and the interface between primary and secondary care.
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.