Stockpiling highlights the risks of Brexit uncertainty

Confirmation that the government was planning to stockpile food and medicine in the event of a “no deal Brexit” caused consternation and talk of panic buying. Should the UK leave without a deal, it will fall back on World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules, meaning that all goods that enter the UK from the EU willRead more

Keeping pace with the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The release of the new Westworld and Humans series may have offered some escapism over recent months. But as the march towards the fourth industrial revolution continues apace, science fiction is fast becoming science fact. As we edge closer to the technology of tomorrow, a fierce debate has emerged about whether the UK workforce isRead more

Pharmaceutical pricing: who holds the cards now?

Negotiations between NHS England and Vertex over access to vital CF drugs have reached an impasse. Both sides appear to have dug their heels into the ground, with patients and politicians left frustrated at the prospect of yet more delays. Some are increasingly despondent over the prospect that a deal may never be reached. TheRead more

Mental health: Keeping the future in mind

The public’s understanding of, and interest in, mental health has never been greater, something to be encouraged and acted upon. However, awareness doesn’t necessarily translate into the concrete policy change needed to improve such vital services. This week is Mental Health Awareness week, providing a perfect opportunity to reflect and take stock of the progressRead more

Facing the Change: What the Future Operating Model Means for Hospital Suppliers

NHS procurement is proving to be the ultimate rubix cube for policymakers tasked with knocking hundreds of millions of pounds from NHS spending figures. Despite progress being made towards Lord Carter’s vision for operational productivity – with news last week that the NHS Business Services Authority and NHS Supply Chain have met £300 million cash-releasingRead more

8 things you need to know about NICE’s changes to its appraisal process

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has this week published its updated guide to its health technology appraisal (HTA) process following two rounds of consultations over the last six months. The aim of these changes is to streamline and accelerate the appraisal process. This consultation process has been very low key andRead more