Healthcare Brief July 2016
Welcome to the first edition of the newly named Healthcare Brief, formerly published as Medical Law Brief.
The five themes for last month’s NHS Confederation set out a vision of an NHS evolving new models of outcomes-focused care, delivering services for patients in the area in which they live, sustainably and by a motivated and caring workforce.
This is set against a backdrop of a growing and ageing population presenting increasingly complex healthcare needs, in an environment where public finances, private investment, an ageing NHS estate and new treatments and technology must all find the right meeting point in order for this vision to become reality. Not only will that meeting point need to be identified, but the starting point needs to be clearly assessed before the path forward can be firmly established.
We have also entered into a new world following the Brexit result. Contingency planning by those in business is now a reality as they evaluate their existing structures and operations. Whilst the outcome is uncertain, medical devices/life sciences organisations are likely to want to see close alignment with EU law to secure a streamlined compliance regime. The NHS may well be faced with the possibility of international inward investment with regard to large future building and equipment projects.
With these factors in mind, we are delighted to launch the rebadged Brief. Whilst retaining a focus on medical law, it reflects the growth in services we now offer – including, in particular, in the commercial arena.
In this edition, we look at some of the issues that will form part of the path into the future.
We hope you enjoy reading this edition and, as always, welcome your feedback.
In this issue