Covid-19 reader: 3 December
Covid-19 reader: 3 December
by Steve Brown
03 December 2021

Better evidence needed for government’s mandatory vaccination policy for health and care staff; a boost for the vaccination booster programme; and the current caseload as attention turns to the latest new variant. All in this week’s suggested reading.

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NAO urges realism on elective recovery
NAO urges realism on elective recovery
by Seamus Ward
02 December 2021

There is a risk that the waiting list for elective care in England will be longer in 2025 than it is now, despite additional funding, the National Audit Office said.

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Covid-19 reader: 26 November
Covid-19 reader: 26 November
by Steve Brown
26 November 2021

Where in Europe will the pandemic hit hardest in the coming months? Meanwhile new analysis of vaccine safety is good news for pregnant women. And report looks for lessons in digital adoption post-Covid. All in this week’s suggested reading.

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Finances broadly on track, but demand pressures showing
Finances broadly on track, but demand pressures showing
by Seamus Ward
25 November 2021

The NHS in England showed an aggregate £319m underspend against plan at month 6, with a forecast underspend of more than £25m.

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Covid-19 reader: 19 November
Covid-19 reader: 19 November
by Steve Brown
19 November 2021

More and better research needed into understanding the impact of public health measures such as mask wearing, concerns about third dose roll-out and government found to be underprepared for pandemic. All in this week’s Covid-19 reader.

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Workforce support vital in ‘winter like no other’, says Pritchard
Workforce support vital in ‘winter like no other’, says Pritchard
by Steve Brown
17 November 2021

Transforming the NHS for the future must start with supporting and increasing the size of the workforce, NHS England and NHS Improvement chief executive Amanda Prtichard told NHS leaders this week.

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Hunt calls for workforce focus
Hunt calls for workforce focus
by Seamus Ward
15 November 2021

New money for the NHS is welcome, but will not achieve government ambitions unless more clinicians are trained and recruited, according to Commons Health and Social Care Committee chair Jeremy Hunt.

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Covid-19 reader: 12 November
Covid-19 reader: 12 November
by Steve Brown
12 November 2021

The pandemic has had a truly global impact increasing deaths and leading to a spike in mental health conditions, according to a new report. Back in the UK, the virus has also had an indirect impact on the number of people dying at home. Meanwhile, the government confirms its decision to mandate vaccination for all health and care staff.

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Divert NHS funding to social care for bigger impact, says NHS Confederation
Divert NHS funding to social care for bigger impact, says NHS Confederation
by Seamus Ward
11 November 2021

More funding from the recent NHS settlement should be diverted to support social care in the short term, according to NHS Confederation chief executive Matthew Taylor.

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Systems must focus on ending out-of-area placements
Systems must focus on ending out-of-area placements
by Steve Brown
10 November 2021

Localising mental healthcare must be one of the key indicators of success for providers and integrated care systems in delivering NHS long-term plan targets, according to national mental health director Claire Murdoch.

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