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Department of Health Announcement 8 January 2018 Delivering the Future Operating Model for NHS Procurement – Award of Contracts for the Capital and Non-Medical Category Towers

The Department of Health is pleased to announce that the Procurement Transformation Programme (PTP) has awarded the final four contracts to procure capital and non-medical products for the NHS. The contracts, which will now become the Capital and Non-Medical Category Towers for the Future Operating Model (FOM), have been awarded to the following companies; DHL Supply Chain Ltd – Tower 7 (Large Diagnostic Capital Devices including Mobile and Consumables), Akeso & Company Limited - Tower 8 (Diagnostic Equipment and Associated Consumables), Foodbuy – Tower 10 (Food), and NHS North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative (NOE CPC) – Tower 11 (NHS Hotel Services).

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Government and life sciences sector agree transformative sector deal

Business Secretary Greg Clark and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announce a Sector Deal with the life sciences sector.

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Government unveils Industrial Strategy to boost productivity and earning power of people across the UK

Business Secretary Greg Clark has today launched the government’s ambitious Industrial Strategy

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Patients to get breakthrough technologies and treatments up to 4 years earlier through new accelerated access scheme

The government has announced a new fast-track route into the NHS for “breakthrough” medicines and technologies. This will speed up the time it takes for patients to benefit from ground-breaking products for conditions such as cancer, dementia and diabetes.

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New technology, earlier diagnosis and better coordination of care in cancer

 18 October 2017

The NHS is on-track to transform cancer services in England by 2020/21 according to a report published today by NHS England’s National Cancer Programme.

The report details the investment the NHS is making in cancer transformation, including £130m over the period 2016/18 in new and upgraded radiotherapy equipment and £200m over the next two years to accelerate rapid diagnosis and enhance patients’ quality of life.

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UK Summit to tackle In-Vitro Diagnostic barriers

There are only 4 weeks to go until the first UK Diagnostics Summit takes place at the Wellcome Collection, London. The Summit will address the key challenges facing In-Vitro Diagnostic take up and usage within the UK. Subjects to be discussed on the day include:

  • How to fund In-Vitro Diagnostics in community care
  • Building a business case for In-Vitro Diagnostics
  • What evidence exists to make the case for In-Vitro Diagnostics
  • How diagnostics are preventing illness and disease

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Home-testing kits that detect bowel cancer could almost halve invasive examinations by 2020

 A major NHS England funded study is expected to almost halve the number of invasive procedures by 2020 by improving the accuracy of home-testing kits that detect bowel cancer from invisible amounts of blood. This could mean more than 100,000 NHS patients in England avoid the need for uncomfortable colonoscopies each year by first getting a reliable ‘all clear’ from a simple at-home test. It could also save the NHS millions, as each colonoscopy costs the NHS £3 ...

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