Covid-19 update: 28 May
Covid-19 update: 28 May
by Steve Brown
28 May 2021

The week’s Covid-19 news was dominated by former adviser to the prime minister Dominic Cummings’ appearance at a Commons committee. In a dramatic seven-hour session, he launched a scathing attack on the government for its response to the pandemic, singling out both the prime minister and health and social care secretary for particular criticism.

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New CQC focus backed by NHS
New CQC focus backed by NHS
by Seamus Ward
28 May 2021

NHS bodies have welcomed the new Care Quality Commission (CQC) strategy, which places an emphasis on systems and tackling inequalities in health and care.

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Covid-19 update: 21 May
Covid-19 update: 21 May
by Steve Brown
21 May 2021

As lockdown restrictions were eased across England, Wales and Scotland this week – and with changes due in Northern Ireland on Monday – all eyes were on the rising numbers of the B.1.617.2 variant of the Covid-19 virus. Further opening up of society is likely to be dependent on how easily the virus transmits and whether existing vaccines protect against infections and severe illness.

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Pandemic preparation requires action on finance and staffing
Pandemic preparation requires action on finance and staffing
by Seamus Ward
19 May 2021

The government must put the NHS and local government on a sound financial footing and tackle workforce pressures in health and social care to ensure services are better prepared for a future pandemic, the National Audit Office said.

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Covid-19 update: 14 May
Covid-19 update: 14 May
by Steve Brown
14 May 2021

Prime minister Boris Johnson this week committed to a spring 2022 inquiry into the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, while an independent panel, commissioned by the World Health Organization declared the global pandemic was preventable.

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Lack of social care plans risk hampering integration reforms
Lack of social care plans risk hampering integration reforms
by Seamus Ward
14 May 2021

Integrated care systems (ICSs) potentially could improve the delivery of services to patients, but risk being destabilised by the lack of plans and costings for reform of social care, according to the Commons Health and Social Care Committee.

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Queen’s speech: health bill and extra funding, but no details on social care
Queen’s speech: health bill and extra funding, but no details on social care
by Steve Brown
11 May 2021

NHS leaders welcomed the commitment to additional funding for the NHS, included in the Queen’s speech, but were united in criticising the lack of firm proposals for social care reform.

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Covid-19 update: 7 May
Covid-19 update: 7 May
by Steve Brown
07 May 2021

The United States made a potentially game-changing move in the challenge to vaccinate the world as it backed the waiving of patents covering Covid-19 vaccines this week.

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Waiting list programme aims to increase activity by a fifth
Waiting list programme aims to increase activity by a fifth
by Seamus Ward
06 May 2021

Integrated care systems (ICSs) have bid to become part of a national programme that will fund elective activity 20% above pre-Covid levels.

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Putting place into systems
Putting place into systems
by Seamus Ward
06 May 2021

The move to system working has introduced a new lexicon to the NHS in England, headed by integrated care systems or ICSs, and new or refreshed terms for the local NHS geography.

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