The week’s news was dominated by the fall-out from the disastrous mini-budget unveiled by chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng. Amid big falls in the pound and turmoil in the bond markets, there were warnings that dire public sector cuts could be on the way; with big implications for the NHS.
Healthcare Efficiency Through Technology was on at ExCeL in London; there will be a write-up next week. Orion Health achieved a big PRSB standards milestone. And three integrated care systems announced plans for a shared care record built on InterSystems technology.
Ministers have released a new plan for patients, designed to improve access to NHS and care services. A mini-budget, or growth plan, has been published, confirming the cancellation of a health and social care levy.
Health tech news has continued to emerge with new appointments and new innovations, as well as developments in meeting information sharing standards. All this and more in the Healthcare Roundup.
Mourning continued for Queen Elizabeth II. The government’s decision to declare a bank holiday on the day of her funeral threw NHS appointments into confusion. Indications grew that a ‘fiscal event’ triggering an emergency NHS plan could be held once official mourning ends next week.
Meanwhile, public health experts were horrified to hear that the government is reviewing its anti-obesity strategy and could scrap many of its key measures. In health tech, ransomware and drones were in the news.