More NHS trusts suffer financial ailments

Number reported for irregularities soars in past year

Working ith tablet computers at a critical care unit, Paediatrics
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Wanted: IT expertise with a human touch

Staff with healthcare and technical skills are highly prized but are often hard to find

Illustration of a man laying on a sofa, as he's connected to a laptop via probes
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A suitable case for treatment – but obstacles remain

Technology will play a growing role in care delivery and healthcare management amid rapidly rising demand from patients

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude

More public jobs to be spun off

Maude to promote ‘mutuals’ as alternative to state ownership

Philips looks ahead after weak sales

Net profit falls 23% in second quarter for Dutch group

Smiths’ chief has ‘unfinished business’

Group is focusing on growing its share of commercial business

Investors turn sour on US biotech

Flight from sector amid worries over high valuations

Shire chief’s $10m ‘golden hello’

Other senior staff to share $23m in retention bonuses

Shire pharmaceuticals Handout

AbbVie rounds on US tax laws over Shire

UK drug company recommends £32bn offer from US group

Spire listing priced at low end of target

Private hospital group floats on difficult day for London market

AbbVie set to unveil £31bn Shire takeover

Latest US group to buy foreign rival as way to lower its tax bill

HCA Holdings buoyed by strong results

Healthcare reform helps revenue as more use Medicaid or insurance

Spire to pay staff £36m in IPO proceeds

UK private hospital group would be valued at about £1bn

HK note raises red flags over political bias

HSBC could have avoided embarrassment with its ‘sell’ note

Spire reveals IPO price of 210p-300p

NHS faces annual £4bn ‘black hole’

Growing numbers of patients suffer multiple health problems

Longer lives mean more diseases of old age and rising costs

Increasing longevity combined with lifestyle conditions such as obesity are raising costs and forcing a policy rethink

Social businesses need patience and money

Finding and retaining the right staff is difficult, while local superstitions can make the job even harder

Time will come when electronic health records turn into web apps

Digital files can do more than store patients’ history

A way to save money and spare patients

Co-ordinated care is the way forward

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