With NHS organisations dealing with the impact of a cyber-attack on one supplier, calls for urgent action ahead of winter pressures, and indications that patients will be offered virtual outpatient appointments from across the country, it has been a busy week in healthcare and health tech news.
The NHS has made significant progress in reducing the number of two-year waiters, but more patients are waiting longer after cancer referrals. Social care skills and careers are to be boosted, says the government, as it also calls for views on inequalities caused by medical devices. And children in London are being offered polio vaccines.
All this and more in the Healthcare Roundup.
As hidden waiting lists reveal a backlog of more than a million people waiting for community services, news of a growing mental health workforce has also emerged. Technology is being used in new ways, with announcements from NHS England around using AI to help eliminate hepatitis C and new wearables for diabetes patients.
Surgeons have used VR to help them prepare to separate conjoined twins. Hospitals have progressed digital journeys. Drones are delivering medicines. And more, in the Healthcare Roundup.
The UK’s natural population could reach the point where deaths exceed births much earlier than expected, the Office for National Statistics has reported. The shift has profound implications for productivity, work, and spending on pensions, health and care.
The Commons’ health and social care committed warned this week that the NHS and social care are already “facing the greatest workforce crisis in their history”. Its MPs urged whoever is elected prime minister by the Conservative Party to come up with a plan. In health tech news, some big trusts picked big EPR, LIMS and imaging systems; but others saw major IT failures.