Covid-19 update: 27 November
Covid-19 update: 27 November
by Steve Brown
27 November 2020

It was another good week for vaccine news, with a hope that spring could see the country start to return more towards normality. But many parts of the country will face continuing significant restrictions post lockdown.

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Moving beyond the ennui
Moving beyond the ennui
by Caroline Clarke
27 November 2020

There may be a general malaise around Covid, but there is blue sky on the horizon

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System proposals revealed
System proposals revealed
by Seamus Ward
27 November 2020

NHS England and NHS Improvement have unveiled plans on the future of integrated care systems (ICSs), including proposals that could see the abolition of clinical commissioning groups by April 2022.

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Spending review confirms increase in NHS funding
Spending review confirms increase in NHS funding
by Steve Brown
25 November 2020

An extra £3bn in 2021/22 to help the NHS recover from the impact of Covid-19 was confirmed in this week’s spending review, which also gave a green light to NHS pay rises amid a more general pay pause for other public sector workers.

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NAO critical of government PPE procurement
NAO critical of government PPE procurement
by Seamus Ward
25 November 2020

The government was not prepared for the demand for personal protective equipment during the first phase of the Covid-19 pandemic, relying on a stockpile that proved inadequate, according to the National Audit Office.

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Covid-19 update: 20 November
Covid-19 update: 20 November
by Steve Brown
20 November 2020

​This week had the country looking forward to the promise of effective vaccines and back at imperfect procurement of personal protective equipment. But there remained a focus on the here and now including what to do post-lockdown and the continued shortfall in performance of the all-important contact tracing system.

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VAT reforms make sense, but mitigations needed
VAT reforms make sense, but mitigations needed
by Steve Brown
20 November 2020

The HFMA has welcomed plans to reform the VAT refund system, which would enable NHS bodies to reclaim tax incurred delivering all non-business activities, but has raised concerns about the potential financial impact for individual organisations.

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Delivering a more effective mental health investment standard
Delivering a more effective mental health investment standard
by Suzanne Robinson and David Chandler
20 November 2020

The mental health investment standard (MHIS) aims to drive commissioners’ investment in mental health services at a faster rate than their overall increase in allocation. But it is an issue that frequently divides local health economies, where ‘commissioners just don’t understand’ and ‘providers just don’t get it’.

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Contract management – make an impact on financial health with Prochainmatrix
Contract management – make an impact on financial health with Prochainmatrix
by Paid content
19 November 2020

Most organisations struggle with a coherent enterprise-wide contracts management strategy. The management of contracts tends to be devolved to a procurement department function. Challenges with resources on capacity and capability, as well as lack of digital infrastructure, expose the organisation to increased risk, loss of income, wasted opportunities and promotes silo-working.

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Early Covid procurement lacked transparency, says NAO
Early Covid procurement lacked transparency, says NAO
by Seamus Ward
18 November 2020

The highest standards of transparency and documentation were not always evident during the first phase of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the National Audit Office.

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