Government must take next step on health inequalities
Government must take next step on health inequalities
by Steve Brown
15 September 2021

The government must develop a cross-government strategy to reduce health inequalities and provide the funding to implement it, according to the Inequalities in Health Alliance.

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Booster programme gets green light
Booster programme gets green light
by Steve Brown
14 September 2021

A new programme of vaccine booster jabs is at heart of the government’s autumn and winter plan to combat the Covid-19 virus.

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Covid-19 reader: 10 September
Covid-19 reader: 10 September
by Steve Brown
10 September 2021

Vaccination has weakened the link between infection and hospitalisation, but a careful eye is being kept on the numbers. Meanwhile should all health and care staff be required to be vaccinated? And evidence is published of the pandemic’s unequal regional impact. All in this week’s suggested reading.

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New funding only enough in the short term, says IFS
New funding only enough in the short term, says IFS
by Seamus Ward
10 September 2021

The additional funding announced for the NHS in England earlier this week should be enough to cover immediate Covid-related pressures, but it might fall short of the amounts needed in the medium term, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).

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NHS sets out proposals to replace block contracts from 2022/23
NHS sets out proposals to replace block contracts from 2022/23
by Steve Brown
09 September 2021

The new aligned payment and incentive (API) system will be introduced from next April under proposals from NHS England and NHS Improvement.

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Health and care reaction: funding welcome but inadequate
Health and care reaction: funding welcome but inadequate
by Seamus Ward
08 September 2021

Reaction to the announcement of extra funding for health and social care, and social care reform, has been mixed, with experts welcoming the new money, but insisting it falls short of what is needed.

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Three-year funding rise for health and social care
Three-year funding rise for health and social care
by Seamus Ward
07 September 2021

The NHS in England will receive the lion’s share of the funding announced by the government today, with the NHS England budget growing by almost £16bn by 2024/25 and adult social care allocated an extra £5.4bn.

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Government gives H2 clarity
Government gives H2 clarity
by Seamus Ward
07 September 2021

The NHS in England is to receive an additional £5.4bn over the second half of this financial year, with around half the spending dedicated to covering Covid costs.

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Clearing the backlog could cost £17bn
Clearing the backlog could cost £17bn
by Steve Brown
06 September 2021

It will cost up £16.8bn over the remainder of this parliament (up to 2024/25) to enable the NHS to clear its backlog of routine elective care, The Health Foundation said this week.

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

Vaccination continues to dominate the headlines with concerns growing about vaccination uptake across Europe and a focus on third doses and boosters in the UK. Meanwhile a study explores the risks faced by teachers during the pandemic. All in this week’s suggested reading.

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