These are my links for May 3rd through May 6th:
- Long-awaited NHS information strategy ‘could mean better data linking’ | Guardian Government Computing | Guardian Professional – "People don't just want to see raw datasets, they don't just want to see raw information, they want to see information and data that's linked together across a number of care settings that starts to link input data with output data," he told the HC2012 conference in London. "For example, what does somebody do to something in terms of an intervention, and what difference does it make?"
Providing more linked data would allow the health service to demonstrate good practice, as well as helping to transform health and social care, he told delegates.
The NHS Information Centre is set to launch a GP data extraction service from September. Straughan said it will start a flow of GP data across the whole of the NHS, allowing it to answer specific questions around GP data.
- First private company to run NHS hospital could bring in ‘eye watering cuts’ – Telegraph – However, the Health Service Journal obtained a letter from Lord Howe, the Health Minister, to Lord Haskel, a Labour peer, in the House of Commons library showing how any surplus would be split between profit for Circle and paying back the NHS debt.
Lord Howe explained that the first £2 million of surplus in any financial year would go straight to Circle, while it would take a quarter of surpluses between £2 million and £6 million, and a third between £6 million and £10 million.
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- GPs pressured not to send patients to hospital: survey – Telegraph – Research by GP magazine has found that more than half of GPs had experienced 'inappropriate demands' from local NHS managers to send fewer patients to hospital.
The NHS is struggling to save £20bn in order to cope with rising demand for healthcare with more modest increases in budgets than in previous years.
The doctors described the ‘constant pressure to justify referrals and admissions, and pressure to avoid them’.