Covid-19 update: 26 February
Covid-19 update: 26 February
by Steve Brown
26 February 2021

The UK alert level has moved from level 5 to level 4, meaning the immediate threat of the NHS being overwhelmed has receded. But with transmission rates, hospital pressures and deaths still high, the four UK chief medical officers have called for continued compliance with social distancing rules.

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Action needed to address nurse shortages
Action needed to address nurse shortages
by Seamus Ward
26 February 2021

The NHS in England could need an extra 639,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff by 2033/34 if it is to go beyond keeping pace with expected activity growth and meet rising expectations, according to the Health Foundation.

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Covid-19 update: 19 February
Covid-19 update: 19 February
by Steve Brown
19 February 2021

With the government due to reveal its roadmap for relaxing lockdown measures next week, there have been more encouraging signs that Covid-19 infections are reducing. But health leaders have called for a cautious approach with NHS pressures likely to last six to eight weeks.

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Recovery difficult for Scotland’s NHS
Recovery difficult for Scotland’s NHS
by Seamus Ward
19 February 2021

It will be difficult for the NHS in Scotland to deal with the backlog in demand for healthcare created by the Covid pandemic alongside the financial and operational challenges it already faced, Audit Scotland has warned.

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Covid items accounts guidance issued
Covid items accounts guidance issued
by Seamus Ward
18 February 2021

NHS organisations have been given guidance on accounting for new items in 2020/21 needed during the Covid pandemic, including centrally procured consumables and equipment, inventory balances and Nightingale facilities.

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Covid-19 update: 12 February
Covid-19 update: 12 February
by Steve Brown
12 February 2021

A more sombre tone was struck by ministers this week amid concerns about vaccine efficacy against new Covid-19 variants, with hospital pressures reducing steadily but still remaining high.

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White paper: reforms to bolster service integration
White paper: reforms to bolster service integration
by Seamus Ward
11 February 2021

The government has confirmed it plans to boost integration of services, including changes in financial flows to facilitate collaboration, in its white paper on health reform.

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White paper: FTs could face capital limits
White paper: FTs could face capital limits
by Seamus Ward
11 February 2021

Foundation trust capital spending could be capped under proposed reforms, but the new powers will only be used on individual trusts in response to a potential breach of spending limits.

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Covid-19 update: 5 February
Covid-19 update: 5 February
by Steve Brown
05 February 2021

This week saw more good progress with the Covid-19 vaccination programme amid rising concerns about the threat of new variants of the virus and calls for a more comprehensive closure of borders to restrict their spread.

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Counter-fraud requirements unveiled
Counter-fraud requirements unveiled
by Seamus Ward
05 February 2021

From April, finance directors and audit committees will be required to oversee new counter-fraud actions across 12 categories.

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