Covid-19 update: 30 October
Covid-19 update: 30 October
by Steve Brown
30 October 2020

With the UK now engulfed in a second wave of the virus, there is a growing debate about whether the UK should impose a national lockdown. Meanwhile the service united to reject media criticisms of its first wave response, some hospitals stood down elective activity and there were continuing problems with contact tracing.

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On the move 30 October
On the move 30 October
by Seamus Ward
28 October 2020

A round-up of the latest job moves and retirements

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Covid-19 update: 23 October
Covid-19 update: 23 October
by Steve Brown
23 October 2020

More than seven million people will be living under tier 3 restrictions from this weekend in an attempt to curb a second wave of the Covid-19 virus. Hospital capacity remains a major issue, but there are also concerns about ensuring the social care sector is better protected this time around and more resilient moving forward.

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Spending review must address urgent health issues, chancellor warned
Spending review must address urgent health issues, chancellor warned
by Seamus Ward
21 October 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been told the government cannot delay health and social care spending decisions after he confirmed that the spending review would cover one year only.

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Contracts to be based on cost not price under blended payment proposals
Contracts to be based on cost not price under blended payment proposals
by Steve Brown
19 October 2020

NHS England and NHS Improvement are engaging on policy proposals that could mean a wide-ranging move to the use of blended payments to pay for NHS services next year. This would be a step towards the NHS long-term plan commitment to move from activity-based to population-based payments.

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Covid-19 update: 16 October  ​
Covid-19 update: 16 October ​
by Steve Brown
16 October 2020

A three-tier approach to local lockdown was launched this week with Liverpool and Lancashire the first areas to have the severest restrictions imposed.

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NHS seeks to expand capacity with £10bn contract
NHS seeks to expand capacity with £10bn contract
by Seamus Ward
16 October 2020

The NHS in England has launched a bid to cut waiting lists with a procurement framework for additional independent sector activity, worth £10bn over four years.

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NHS to explore huge IT scheme
NHS to explore huge IT scheme
by Seamus Ward
14 October 2020

The NHS in England has asked IT firms to help assess the feasibility of purchasing and implementing an integrated HR and finance system covering more than 450 organisations.

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Nice focus: low back pain
Nice focus: low back pain
by Gary Shield
13 October 2020

Back pain causes more disability than any other condition across the globe. New guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence should support the delivery of patient benefits and savings.

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Funding to eliminate mental health dormitory wards
Funding to eliminate mental health dormitory wards
by Seamus Ward
12 October 2020

Mental health trusts will receive more than £400m over the next four years to eradicate dormitory wards, the government has announced.

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