Covid-19 update: 11 June
Covid-19 update: 11 June
by Steve Brown
11 June 2021

The NHS Covid hangover became even clearer this week as the English waiting list exceeded five million for the first time, while concerns grow about a possible third wave of the virus. There were also calls to meet the $66bn bill to vaccinate the world.

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Treasury told to act quickly on pensions
Treasury told to act quickly on pensions
by Seamus Ward
11 June 2021

The Treasury must quickly resolve issues that have affected the NHS Pension Scheme and the other large public sector pensions, the Commons Public Accounts Committee said.

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Base workforce plans on demand and capacity, MPs say
Base workforce plans on demand and capacity, MPs say
by Seamus Ward
08 June 2021

Workforce planning must be led by future demand and capacity, and not how much funding is available, the Commons Health and Social Care Committee said.

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Covid-19 update: 4 June
Covid-19 update: 4 June
by Steve Brown
04 June 2021

The government continued to focus on the success of the UK vaccination programme – fully vaccinating half the adult population in just six months. However other parts of its Covid-19 response remain under scrutiny.

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Payment systems: focus on pathways
Payment systems: focus on pathways
by Steve Brown
03 June 2021

Proposals for a revised payment system would mean the whole NHS in England using the same approach, but even more radical changes could lie ahead.

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Covid-19 update: 28 May
Covid-19 update: 28 May
by Steve Brown
28 May 2021

The week’s Covid-19 news was dominated by former adviser to the prime minister Dominic Cummings’ appearance at a Commons committee. In a dramatic seven-hour session, he launched a scathing attack on the government for its response to the pandemic, singling out both the prime minister and health and social care secretary for particular criticism.

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New CQC focus backed by NHS
New CQC focus backed by NHS
by Seamus Ward
28 May 2021

NHS bodies have welcomed the new Care Quality Commission (CQC) strategy, which places an emphasis on systems and tackling inequalities in health and care.

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Covid-19 update: 21 May
Covid-19 update: 21 May
by Steve Brown
21 May 2021

As lockdown restrictions were eased across England, Wales and Scotland this week – and with changes due in Northern Ireland on Monday – all eyes were on the rising numbers of the B.1.617.2 variant of the Covid-19 virus. Further opening up of society is likely to be dependent on how easily the virus transmits and whether existing vaccines protect against infections and severe illness.

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Pandemic preparation requires action on finance and staffing
Pandemic preparation requires action on finance and staffing
by Seamus Ward
19 May 2021

The government must put the NHS and local government on a sound financial footing and tackle workforce pressures in health and social care to ensure services are better prepared for a future pandemic, the National Audit Office said.

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Covid-19 update: 14 May
Covid-19 update: 14 May
by Steve Brown
14 May 2021

Prime minister Boris Johnson this week committed to a spring 2022 inquiry into the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, while an independent panel, commissioned by the World Health Organization declared the global pandemic was preventable.

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