Welsh finance reviews to support balanced target
Welsh finance reviews to support balanced target
by Steve Brown
30 September 2021

All NHS bodies in Wales face an individual review by the national finance team over the coming weeks to ensure finance plans for 2021/22 are on track and that their planned outturn positions will be delivered.

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Technical issues impact on costing submissions
Technical issues impact on costing submissions
by Steve Brown
30 September 2021

The annual submission of patient-level cost (PLICS) data has been affected by technical problems creating challenges for some trusts with a process that involves large numbers of detailed files.

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Covid-19 reader: 24 September
Covid-19 reader: 24 September
by Steve Brown
24 September 2021

Covid-19 has hit different parts of the country and different population groups in different ways, as statistics make clear. Meanwhile the virus continues to contribute to the country’s higher than usual excess death rate. And public health directors talk up the value of a local approach. All in this week’s suggested further reading.

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Finance development strategy launched
Finance development strategy launched
by Seamus Ward
23 September 2021

NHS England and NHS Improvement chief financial officer Julian Kelly has unveiled an ambitious finance development strategy that will be delivered through the One NHS Finance programme.

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Providers call for capital funding boost and reform
Providers call for capital funding boost and reform
by Seamus Ward
23 September 2021

Next month’s spending review must deliver annual real-terms increases in NHS capital budgets, according to NHS Providers, coupled with better access to capital funds and more freedom at local level over how the funds are spent.

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Pay dispute could escalate as awards are rejected
Pay dispute could escalate as awards are rejected
by Seamus Ward
22 September 2021

Three of the biggest health unions are considering their next move, including the possibility of strike ballots, after their members rejected the 3% pay rise awarded by the government.

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Covid-19 reader: 17 September
Covid-19 reader: 17 September
by Steve Brown
17 September 2021

Experts set out how the pandemic could develop over coming months, further calls for vaccine equity (with a particular focus on Africa) and why denominators have been causing divisions among Covid watchers.

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Government must take next step on health inequalities
Government must take next step on health inequalities
by Steve Brown
15 September 2021

The government must develop a cross-government strategy to reduce health inequalities and provide the funding to implement it, according to the Inequalities in Health Alliance.

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Booster programme gets green light
Booster programme gets green light
by Steve Brown
14 September 2021

A new programme of vaccine booster jabs is at heart of the government’s autumn and winter plan to combat the Covid-19 virus.

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Covid-19 reader: 10 September
Covid-19 reader: 10 September
by Steve Brown
10 September 2021

Vaccination has weakened the link between infection and hospitalisation, but a careful eye is being kept on the numbers. Meanwhile should all health and care staff be required to be vaccinated? And evidence is published of the pandemic’s unequal regional impact. All in this week’s suggested reading.

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