Covid-19 reader: 28 January
Covid-19 reader: 28 January
by Steve Brown
28 January 2022

ONS moves to correct misleading reports on coronavirus deaths. Meanwhile new figures raise concerns about reinfection rate with Omicron variant and NHS warns it remains under significant pressure.

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Core ICB allocations to rise 3.6%
Core ICB allocations to rise 3.6%
by Seamus Ward
28 January 2022

Though core integrated care board allocations will grow by 3.6% in 2022/23, the NHS will be expected to deliver ‘maximum productivity’, according to NHS England and NHS Improvement.

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£1.3bn surplus forecast for 2021/22
£1.3bn surplus forecast for 2021/22
by Seamus Ward
28 January 2022

The NHS in England is forecasting a surplus of £1.3bn at year-end, according to month eight figures published by NHS England and NHS Improvement.

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Covid-19 reader: 21 January
Covid-19 reader: 21 January
by Steve Brown
21 January 2022

Omicron continuing to sweep across the world, warns international health leader. Meanwhile NHS trust chief executive says workforce remains the key challenge in navigating the way out of restrictions. And new data highlights unequal uptake of vaccinations.

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New Nice processes aim to improve access
New Nice processes aim to improve access
by Seamus Ward
20 January 2022

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) will aim to give patients earlier access to new treatments by allowing greater flexibility on value for money assessments and by considering a wider evidence base.

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Trusts warned on temp staff schemes
Trusts warned on temp staff schemes
by Seamus Ward
19 January 2022

Trusts have been ‘strongly discouraged’ from over-riding existing temporary staffing regulations as they seek to meet workforce needs and tackle elective waiting lists.

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Covid-19 reader: 14 January
Covid-19 reader: 14 January
by Steve Brown
14 January 2022

Social care providers are under relentless pressure from Covid-related staff absences and there are calls to delay the timetable for mandatory staff vaccination in the NHS. Meanwhile, academics have been discussing the likely trajectory of the Omicron variant.

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Guidance issued on reinstating Cquin
Guidance issued on reinstating Cquin
by Seamus Ward
13 January 2022

The Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (Cquin) financial incentive scheme is to be reintroduced in 2022/23 with a focus on short-term clinical improvements that support Covid recovery and reductions in variation between providers.

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IS deal includes minimum income guarantee
IS deal includes minimum income guarantee
by Seamus Ward
13 January 2022

The independent sector will be guaranteed up to £90m a month under the three-month deal with the health service, which will also have to pay significantly more than the NHS-provided equivalent should surge support be triggered.

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Financial details of independent sector deal promised shortly
Financial details of independent sector deal promised shortly
by Seamus Ward
10 January 2022

Guidance will be issued soon on the pricing and funding of a short-term contract with independent sector providers that aims to ease the pressure on the NHS in England.

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