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Listening to important questions – Jane Cummings

There have been disturbing accounts in the media of nurses discussing end of life care with elderly patients in a blunt and impersonal way, particularly patients’ wishes concerning resuscitation. This morning I spoke to Roy Lilley, who described the experience his mother had. It was not good, upsetting and should not have happened. As a […]

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The new Congenital Heart Disease review: 29th update – John Holden

Your feedback We have been asked how, in our analysis of CHD activity, we have taken account of specific factors that may affect future demand for CHD services. Over the last year, we have spoken to clinicians and to our advisory groups, read the relevant literature, and carried out some statistical analysis to shed light […]

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The new Congenital Heart Disease review: 27th update – John Holden

Your feedback We’ve been asked about feedback from the Trust visits (led by Professor Deirdre Kelly, at the invitation of the Clinicians’ Group) and whether there will be a write-up on individual units. The answer is that we will not publish any commentary on individual units, nor will we use the visits to drive decisions […]

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Alistair Burns’ video blog on the ambitions for the dementia services going forward.

NHS England’s Dementia Director, Professor Alistair Burns, has posted a video blog on the ambitions for services going forward. He makes the target clear: that by next year two-thirds of the estimated number of people with dementia should have a diagnosis and post diagnostic support. Professor Burns explains that current rates of diagnosis are relatively […]

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The new Congenital Heart Disease review: 26th update – John Holden

Your feedback We had a lively discussion at our Patient & Public Group Meeting on 13 June 2014, which began with a robust challenge from some attendees about current quality in surgical units, the accessibility of public & patient meetings, and the nature and breadth of our planned consultation. This sort of encounter can be […]

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Transparency means more than just publishing data on a website – Jane Cummings

The wealth of information about our health services is greater than ever. Go onto NHS Choices or the websites of the Health and Social Care Information Centre, Office of National Statistics and NHS England and you will find vast amounts of data and statistics about almost all aspects of healthcare. There is an increasing openness […]

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Seeing a new way to providing the very best services – Mike Bewick

Dr Mike Bewick, Deputy Medical Director for NHS England, outlines the aims of the Eye Care Call To Action: Early access to preventative eye care and accurate early diagnosis is vitally important to patients. While NHS England has a limited role in the direct commissioning of eye health services, it is one of the common […]

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The new Congenital Heart Disease review: 25th update – John Holden

Your feedback From time to time we are challenged as to whether the review has a pre-determined outcome. Some think we have already decided that one or more units have to close, and that we know which ones. Others think that we have already decided that no units will close, come what may. The truth […]

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The new Congenital Heart Disease review: 24th update – John Holden

Your feedback Thank you for your continuing support and feedback. We are very conscious that the success of this review relies on active engagement from all its stakeholders, some of whom – I know – feel that it wasn’t needed in the first place, or should have been resolved sooner. We have now almost completed […]

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