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Media Monitoring: 21 – 27 October

By October 27, 2023No Comments

£37m funding boost for AI projects ahead of UK AI Safety Summit

  • Research teams encouraged to bid for a share of £32m for AI projects and a further £5m committed to feasibility studies into pioneering ideas.
  • In the run up to the UK’s hosting of the first global summit on artificial intelligence (AI) safety, the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, Michelle Donelan, has announced that UKRI is investing £37 million in AI projects.
  • Five million pounds will fund 100 projects located across the country that look at the feasibility of using AI. The projects have over 200 partners and cover a spectrum of high growth sectors.


Sepsis killing too many as lessons not learned, warns NHS watchdog

  • Sepsis is still killing too many patients due to the same hospital failings that occurred a decade ago, a damning report by the NHS ombudsman has warned.
  • Avoidable mistakes, poor communication between health staff, sub-standard record keeping and missed opportunities for follow-up care were identified as key problems.
  • Some progress has been made, but not enough, and many lessons have still not been learned.


People-centred approach to addressing antimicrobial resistance in human health – WHO report

  • This document outlines the concept and content of the WHO people-centred approach to addressing antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the human health sector.


The Scottish Government: Health and social care: winter preparedness plan 2023-2024

  • This winter plan represents a whole system approach to responding to a surge in demand for health and social care services and sets out the actions to help relieve pressure points across the system.


The NHS waiting list: when will it peak? – Health Foundation report

  • The NHS waiting list for elective treatment in England has been growing since 2013 – almost tripling in size over the decade to 7.7 million. The waiting list had already reached 4.6 million before the pandemic. During the pandemic the waiting list grew sharply, as care was suspended.
  • The monthly number of referrals to treatment has now returned to pre-pandemic levels and is growing at a faster rate than before the pandemic as people are now coming forward, having postponed seeking treatment. The NHS is responding – monthly treatments are also growing at a faster rate than pre-pandemic. But the waiting list is still rising as the number of treatments does not yet exceed the number of referrals.
  • The elective care recovery plan, published in February 2022, set out ambitions to reduce long waits for treatment and an expectation that the waiting list would be falling by March 2024. In January 2023, the Prime Minster pledged that ‘NHS waiting lists will fall and people will get care more quickly’.


Government progress against recommendations on patient safety in the NHS to be evaluated

  • The Government’s progress against patient safety recommendations it has agreed to implement is the focus of a new evaluation by the committee’s independent Expert Panel.
  • Experts will consider a range of recommendations made by public inquiries and reviews on patient safety, including whistleblowing, which have been accepted by government, and select a number of these for evaluation.
  • The Panel will in its final report provide a rating of the Government’s progress against each of these recommendations.


Memorandum of understanding on co-operation in global health between the UK government and the government of the Republic of Chile


Ben Kemp