Covid-19 reader: 29 October
Covid-19 reader: 29 October
by Steve Brown
29 October 2021

MPs were not impressed with the performance of NHS Test and Trace during the Covid response. But a new study awarded much better marks to the government’s roadmap out of lockdown. Meanwhile, just how is the UK performing compared with other countries? ​

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Budget confirms increases in NHS revenue and capital budgets
Budget confirms increases in NHS revenue and capital budgets
by Steve Brown
27 October 2021

The Department of Health and Social Care’s budget will rise to £177.4bn in 2024/25, representing a nearly £44bn increase in core resource spending over the Parliament, chancellor Rishi Sunak confirmed in his autumn Budget.

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2021 HFMA Awards shortlist announced
2021 HFMA Awards shortlist announced
by Seamus Ward
25 October 2021

The HFMA will move to the final stages of judging its 2021 awards after it announced the shortlists in all nine categories.

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Capital boost to tackle waiting lists
Capital boost to tackle waiting lists
by Steve Brown
25 October 2021

The NHS will receive £5.9bn of capital funding to help it tackle the waiting list backlog, the treasury revealed ahead of Wednesday’s spending review.

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Covid-19 reader: 22 October
Covid-19 reader: 22 October
by Steve Brown
22 October 2021

Social care faces major staffing shortages and low pay is a big part of the problem, according to the National Care Forum. Meanwhile, the debate intensifies on when to tighten Covid controls, and concerns rise about frontline staff protection.

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Providers will map to single system for financial control
Providers will map to single system for financial control
by Steve Brown
21 October 2021

All NHS providers will be mapped to a single integrated care board (ICB) for the purpose of nationally assessing system financial balance, NHS England and NHS Improvement confirmed this week.

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MPs ask for waiting list workforce plans
MPs ask for waiting list workforce plans
by Seamus Ward
21 October 2021

Leaders of the NHS in England have been asked to set out their workforce plans to help clear the waiting list backlog over the next three years.

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Covid-19 reader: 15 October
Covid-19 reader: 15 October
by Steve Brown
15 October 2021

Major failures to historic achievements – a mixed report card for the government in first review of response to Covid-19. Meanwhile, study finds reductions in life expectancy started before Covid and world vaccine programme misses initial milestone.

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Government must prioritise workforce in spending review
Government must prioritise workforce in spending review
by Seamus Ward
14 October 2021

Funding for a multi-year workforce strategy must be a priority in this month’s spending review, the King’s Fund has insisted.

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Costing submission window extended
Costing submission window extended
by Steve Brown
13 October 2021

The National Cost Collection (NCC) submission window has been extended by four weeks after technical issues hit the upload process.

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