Ventilator stockpile means NHS is well prepared
Ventilator stockpile means NHS is well prepared
by Steve Brown
30 September 2020

The government successfully increased the number of mechanical ventilators in the NHS during the first phase of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a report from the National Audit Office. And although the new ventilators were not needed at the April peak, the service is now better prepared for future demand.

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Funding key to re-imagined services
Funding key to re-imagined services
by Seamus Ward
29 September 2020

More than 85% of NHS leaders are not confident they can deliver the ambitions of the NHS long-term plan within the revenue settlement, according to the NHS Confederation.

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Covid-19 update: 25 September
Covid-19 update: 25 September
by Steve Brown
25 September 2020

In a week in which tighter social restrictions were imposed on the country – and the news that these could remain in place for six months – there has been a focus on exactly how quickly Covid-19 is spreading and continuing intense scrutiny of the testing and contact tracing programme.

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16,000 finance staff invited to shape the future
16,000 finance staff invited to shape the future
by Seamus Ward
25 September 2020

The NHS in England has opened a consultation on the future of the finance function and urged all 16,000 finance staff to get involved.

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HFMA Wales conference: Hold on to progress to advance transformation plan
HFMA Wales conference: Hold on to progress to advance transformation plan
by Seamus Ward
23 September 2020

NHS Wales must retain the positives in its response to Covid-19 to help maintain services and meet the ambitions of A healthier Wales, according to Andrew Goodall, director general for health and social services and NHS Wales chief executive.

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MPs raise fears over emerging nursing crisis
MPs raise fears over emerging nursing crisis
by Seamus Ward
23 September 2020

The government has promised to increase nurse numbers, but it does not have a detailed understanding of NHS nursing needs, the Commons Public Accounts Committee said today.

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CSR must deliver five-year deal, says HFMA
CSR must deliver five-year deal, says HFMA
by Steve Brown
22 September 2020

The HFMA has called for this year’s comprehensive spending review to set out a new five-year settlement for health and social care with funding that takes account of the extra pressures created by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Covid-19 update: 18 September
Covid-19 update: 18 September
by Steve Brown
18 September 2020

Prime minister Boris Johnson finally admitted that the Covid-19 testing programme ‘has huge problems’ after further accusations of a system in chaos and reports of a significant backlog of unprocessed tests at laboratories.

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Financial arrangements for second half of 2020/21 revealed
Financial arrangements for second half of 2020/21 revealed
by Seamus Ward
17 September 2020

NHS England and NHS Improvement have given further details of the financial arrangements for the rest of 2020/21, including how system-level funding envelopes have been calculated.

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Funding welcomed, but concerns remain
Funding welcomed, but concerns remain
by Seamus Ward
17 September 2020

The NHS has welcomed the announcement of the system financial envelopes for the remainder of the financial year, but there are concerns about the levels of funding, a potential second wave of Covid-19 and the ability to hit service restoration targets.

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