NHS England to set up ‘Brexit unit’ to ensure smooth transition

NHS England is in the process of establishing a special unit to deal with the impact of the UK’s exit from the European Union to ensure “a smooth transition and protect the NHS”. Simon Stevens, CEO of NHS England, said at an NHS board meeting this morning that the NHS Brexit unit would “make sure, [...]

Older people in need ‘let down by NHS’

Source: BBC Source: Gabrielle Voinot/SPL Older people in need of urgent help are being failed by the NHS, a group of English and Welsh health leaders say. Too many over-65s end up in accident and emergency unnecessarily, says the NHS Confederation's Commission on Improving Urgent Care for Older People. The group said this was [...]

Mental health: ‘One in four adults in England has a condition’

Source: BBC Source: Thinkstock One in four adults has been diagnosed with a mental illness at some stage during their lifetime, the annual health survey for England suggests. The survey asked 5,000 adults and found 26% said they had received a mental health illness diagnosis. Depression was the most frequently reported mental illness, with [...]

NHS England ‘to impose 20% sugar tax’ in hospital cafes

Source: BBC Source: Thinkstock The NHS is to impose its own "sugar tax" in hospitals and health centres in England to help tackle the growing problem of obesity, its head has said. Chief executive Simon Stevens told the Guardian newspaper he was proposing a 20% tax on all sugary drinks and foods in NHS [...]