Covid-19 update: 28 August
Covid-19 update: 28 August
by Seamus Ward
28 August 2020

It has been said regularly that a robust testing and tracing operation is key to the successful return to school. And with all children due to be back in the next two weeks, it is an opportune time for the Department of Health and Social Care to reflect on the progress made in the first three months of NHS Test and Trace.

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PPE self-sufficiency (#DoingOurBit)
PPE self-sufficiency (#DoingOurBit)
by Seamus Ward
27 August 2020

Personal protective equipment or PPE has consistently been in the headlines during the Covid-19 pandemic as journalists and commentators asked, do we have enough of it; is it being delivered on time; is it of sufficient quality? A range of national actions have been taken on supply and quality of PPE, but, faced with a very real shortage of gowns early in the pandemic, managers at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust took matters into their own hands.

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Hancock urged to cut oversight bureaucracy
Hancock urged to cut oversight bureaucracy
by Seamus Ward
26 August 2020

Regular inspections of providers should be paused until after the winter and steps should be taken to reduce NHS bureaucracy, including providing more funding to increase the use of digital inspections, the NHS Confederation has said.

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NHS announces elective funding details
NHS announces elective funding details
by Seamus Ward
21 August 2020

NHS England and NHS Improvement have set out further details of how block payments to systems will flex from 1 September to reflect delivery of patient care.

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Covid-19 update: 21 August
Covid-19 update: 21 August
by Seamus Ward
21 August 2020

Though it was widely trailed over the weekend, it will not have been any less of a blow to Public Health England staff when health secretary Matt Hancock confirmed many of its functions would be moved to a new public health body.

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On the move 20 August
On the move 20 August
by Seamus Ward
20 August 2020

A round-up of the latest job moves and retirements

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Calls to revisit funding settlement
Calls to revisit funding settlement
by Seamus Ward
19 August 2020

Healthcare leaders have called on the government to look again at funding for the NHS, public health and social care, with hospitals, GPs and care homes facing rising costs and the Covid-19 pandemic highlighting the need to prioritise public health.

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Covid-19 update: 14 August
Covid-19 update: 14 August
by Seamus Ward
14 August 2020

In a week when Covid news was dominated by education – the reopening of schools in Scotland and the controversy over A-level results – the NHS still created a few headlines, including launching a new trial of a coronavirus app in England, cutting the number of national tracing staff and altering the basis for counting Covid deaths.

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Inequality focus for service restoration
Inequality focus for service restoration
by Seamus Ward
10 August 2020

Health systems in England have been told to focus on addressing inequalities as they put together their plans for restoring pre-Covid patient activity.

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Covid-19 update: 7 August
Covid-19 update: 7 August
by Steve Brown
07 August 2020

It has been a long time coming, but NHS England and NHS Improvement finally unveiled their plans for the third phase of the NHS response to Covid-19 at the end of last week. This set out the priorities for the rest of the year – including some stretching targets for increasing elective and outpatient activity – and the financial arrangements for the remainder of 2020/21.

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