In the news w/e 9 August 

Your media headlines roundup, week ending 9 August…

Framework for efficiencies through the Long Term Plan
National Health Executive – 2 August 2019
James Roach, programme director at West Essex Integrated Care Partnership, takes a closer look at over-the-counter medicines, Victorian era healthcare and how to deliver efficiencies through the Long Term Plan. Read the full story.

Princess Alexandra Hospital returns to screens in Emma Willis: Delivering Babies
Epping Forest Guardian – 2 August 2019
The Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow will be in the spotlight once again as the hit show Emma Willis: Delivering Babies, returns. Read the full story.

Harlow MP continues campaign for new hospital
Heart – 2 August 2019
The MP for Harlow has been making sure the new Prime Minister and Chancellor hear the case for a new hospital in the town. Read the full story.

Alzheimer’s blood test ‘one step closer’
BBC Health – 2 August 2019
Researchers say they can accurately identify people on track to develop Alzheimer’s disease before symptoms appear, which could help the progress of drug trials. Read the full story.

Primary care networks begin management recruitment drive
HSJ – 2 August 2019
The first wave of job adverts for the new workforce going into primary care networks have been posted online, including various new managerial roles. Email for the full story.

Hospitals in England set to receive £850m revealed
BBC Health – 5 August 2019
Twenty hospitals in England due to receive an extra £850m funding for upgrades to outdated facilities and new equipment have been revealed. Read the full story.

Sudden change to capital spending rules behind £950m uplift
HSJ – 5 August 2019
More than half the £1.8bn spending boost announced by the prime minister yesterday will be enabled by the reversal of last month’s demand from NHS England that trusts cut capital spending plans by 20 per cent. Email for the full story.

Stop Stansted Expansion warns Uttlesford District Council of ‘hollow words’ on climate if airport grows
Bishops Stortford Independent – 5 August 2019
Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) has challenged Uttlesford District Council (UDC) to make good on its climate emergency stance and stop growth at the airport. Read the full story.

20 NHS building projects given green light
BBC Health – 5 August 2019
Boris Johnson has given the green light to 20 new building and infrastructure projects in the NHS in England. Read the full story.

NHSE integrated care lead to leave
HSJ – 5 August 2019
NHS England and Improvement’s director of primary care and system transformation is leaving to become chief operating officer at a foundation trust. Email for the full story.

Just one STP chair or executive lead has a BME background
HSJ – 6 August 2019
There is only one person with a black or minority ethnic background among all the executive leads and chairs of sustainability and transformation partnerships and integrated care systems, according to HSJ analysis. Email for the full story.

Dame Barbara Windsor urges Johnson to ‘sort out’ dementia care
BBC Health – 6 August 2019
Alzheimer’s Society said since March 2017 people in the UK with dementia have spent more than one million unnecessary days in hospital “despite being well enough to go home” – at a cost to the NHS of more than £400m. Read the full story.

Essex Strep A outbreak: NHS release update on bacteria that took the lives of 13 people
EssexLive – 6 August 2019
The NHS Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has released an updated in the Strep A outbreak which has taken the lives of 13 people. Read the full story.

Stansted Airport bosses defend growth and hit back at climate change criticism
Bishop’s Stortford Independent – 6 August 2019
Stansted bosses have hit back at campaigners who claim Uttlesford District Council’s (UDC) declaration of a ‘climate emergency’ should block the airport’s expansion. Read the full story.

Leak reveals NHSX’s scope and structure
HSJ – 6 August 2019
A special projects unit named “NHSX skunkworks” is set to be launched within the service’s new overarching tech organisation, a leaked document has revealed. Email for the full story.

NHS pensions row: Ministers act amid waiting list rise
BBC Health – 7 August 2019
The government has come up with new proposals for England and Wales to end the row with doctors over pensions. Read the full story.

Pensions crisis forces trust to give doctors time off in lieu
HSJ – 7 August 2019
Consultants at a major teaching trust were offered time off in lieu to stop them refusing extra work because of the ongoing NHS pensions crisis, HSJ has learned. Email for the full story.

More Group A Strep cases confirmed by NHS Mid Essex CCG
Epping Forest Guardian – 7 August 2019
The NHS Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has provided an update on the latest information following the Group A Streptococcus (Igas) outbreak across the county. Read the full story.

New NHS 111 service to give Sussex patients ‘real confidence in the care they will receive’
Eastbourne Herald – 7 August 2019
A new five-year contract to provide Sussex’s NHS 111 non-emergency telephone service has been awarded to the region’s ambulance service. Read the full story.

Have your say on plans to merge Norfolk and Waveney’s five Clinical Commissioning Groups
Norwich Evening News – 7 August 2019
The public is being invited to have its say on plans to merge Norfolk and Waveney’s five Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). Read the full story.

NHS to set up national artificial intelligence lab
BBC Health – 8 August 2019
The NHS in England is setting up a national artificial intelligence laboratory to enhance care of patients and research. Read the full story.

CCG axes IVF despite minister branding decision “not acceptable”
HSJ – 8 August 2019
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group took the decision at its 6 August board meeting. The CCG said the move represented confirmation of a decision originally taken in 2017. Email for the full story.

£2m funding boost to help pupils get help for mental health
Harwich and Manningtree Standard – 8 August 2019
The money will pay for three mental health teams to be set up which will provide a range of emotional wellbeing support. Read the full story.

New chief executive for troubled teaching trust
HSJ – 9 August 2019
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Foundation Trust has appointed a new chief executive following Mark Davies announcing he would stand down earlier this year. Email for the full story.

Asthma deaths in England and Wales ‘highest in a decade’
BBC Health – 9 August 2019
Deaths from asthma in England and Wales are the highest they have been in more than a decade, according to analysis of official data. Read the full story.

Children’s mental health threatened by proposed NHS changes, NSPCC warns
The Comet – 9 August 2019
NSPCC research has suggested that the mental health of more than 62,000 children in our area who have been abused could be threatened by changes to NHS services. Read the full story.

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