Covid-19 update: 29 January
Covid-19 update: 29 January
by Steve Brown
29 January 2021

The UK passed a sobering landmark this week with the news that more than 100,000 people have now died as a result of Covid-19. Meanwhile the vaccination programme remains broadly on track, although there are growing concerns about supply issues.

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Covid costs rise to almost £10bn
Covid costs rise to almost £10bn
by Seamus Ward
29 January 2021

Dealing with the impact of Covid-19 cost the NHS in England an additional £9.7bn by month 8, according to Julian Kelly, NHS England and NHS Improvement chief financial officer.

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On the move 28 January
On the move 28 January
by Seamus Ward
28 January 2021

A round-up of the latest job moves.

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HFMA repeats call for overhaul of costing standards
HFMA repeats call for overhaul of costing standards
by Steve Brown
27 January 2021

The HFMA has backed the mandatory collection of patient-level cost data for community services but repeated calls for a major review of the costing standards used in the process.

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Covid-19 update: 22 January
Covid-19 update: 22 January
by Steve Brown
22 January 2021

There was conflicting news this week on the levels of Covid-19 infection in the community. But there was no confusion over the impact the virus is having, with daily deaths hitting an alarming level and the NHS continuing to be under intense pressure.

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Calls mount for ‘meaningful’ pay rise for NHS staff
Calls mount for ‘meaningful’ pay rise for NHS staff
by Steve Brown
20 January 2021

The government is coming under increasing pressure to deliver a significant pay increase for NHS staff in 2021/22 and to ensure this is fully funded.

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Good governance during Covid gives pointers to the future
Good governance during Covid gives pointers to the future
by Seamus Ward
20 January 2021

NHS bodies in Wales have largely maintained good governance during the Covid-19 pandemic despite revised arrangements, and should consider retaining some of these changes in a post-pandemic world, according to Audit Wales.

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Covid-19 update: 15 January
Covid-19 update: 15 January
by Steve Brown
15 January 2021

This week saw the start of daily reports on progress with the Covid-19 vaccination programme, with concerns that it is not moving fast enough to meet the government’s February target, while Scotland became the first home nation to further tighten lockdown restrictions.

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Views sought on National Cost Collection for 2020/21
Views sought on National Cost Collection for 2020/21
by Steve Brown
14 January 2021

The National Cost Collection for 2020/21 looks likely to go ahead although NHS England and NHS Improvement are considering delaying the submission until the autumn to take account of pressures on costing teams.

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Financial arrangements extended
Financial arrangements extended
by Seamus Ward
14 January 2021

NHS England and NHS Improvement have decided to roll over current financial arrangements into the first quarter of 2021/22.

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