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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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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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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Covid-19 update: 13 November
Covid-19 update: 13 November
by Steve Brown
13 November 2020

The week was dominated by the encouraging news that the world is a step closer to an effective Covid-19 vaccine, while there were further expansions announced for the UK testing programme including a plan to get students home for Christmas.

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NHS needs extra £3bn-£4bn, providers say
NHS needs extra £3bn-£4bn, providers say
by Seamus Ward
13 November 2020

NHS Providers has urged the chancellor to allocate an additional £3bn-£4bn to the health service in his upcoming spending review.

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Concern over hidden elective demand
Concern over hidden elective demand
by Seamus Ward
12 November 2020

The NHS is potentially facing a hidden backlog in demand as it emerged that there were 4.7 million fewer people referred for routine hospital care between January and August this year compared with the same period in 2019.

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