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Millions of patients could have face-to-face GP appointments replaced by phone or video in a major drive to slow the spread of the coronavirus

Millions of patients will be urged to see their GP by phone or video in a major drive to slow the spread of the coronavirus. GP practices across the country have been told to ramp up the number of remote consultations to reduce the risk of infected patients turning up at surgeries. It means face-to-face appointments […]

Will the new government get health tech right?

It’s health tech policy announcement season. Another false dawn or will these hit the spot this time asks the Digital Healthcare Council Director Graham Kendall. Over the course of the next few weeks, NHSX will launch its full plans for the health tech agenda for the NHS. These set pieces will have a disproportionate impact […]

It’s time to measure performance on patients’ priorities

The Prime Minister says he wants to prioritise the NHS, so let’s start by prioritising – and measuring – what matters to patients. With such a strong focus on Brexit, it’s easy to miss that the Conservative’s key domestic pledges at the last election had a notably different emphasis compared to past campaigns. “£33.9 billion […]

A digital (state of care) mind

Last week, the Care Quality Commission published its annual state of care report. Among the usual rhetoric of “the NHS is improving but there’s still a lot we need to get right,” it was interesting to see how much they have focussed on digital care and how much CQC can be used as a lever to ensuring that everyone […]