Healthcare Roundup 16 October 2020

The English government spent the week arguing with council leaders over tier two and tier three lockdowns, and then announced that London would move into tier two from the end of the week. Against this...

Healthcare Roundup 09 October 2020

As properly wet autumn weather set in, there was no good news on the coronavirus front. Cases and hospitalisations climbed rapidly, as Scotland set out plans for ‘circuit breaker’ restrictions and England floated the idea...

Healthcare Roundup 02 October 2020

The NHS Confederation published a major report on how to ‘reset’ health and social care, following the coronavirus pandemic. It called for honesty about what can be achieved, investment, a leaner system, integrated care, and...

Healthcare Roundup 25 September 2020

Prime minister Boris Johnson made his third televised address of the Covid-19 emergency and urged people to abide by new restrictions to control the disease as positive tests and deaths increased. Chancellor Rishi Sunak made...

Healthcare Roundup 18 September 2020

There were worrying signs that Covid-19 cases were on the rise as England’s testing system all but collapsed. NHS England issued its financial allocations for the rest of the year, focused on systems rather than...

Healthcare Roundup 11 September 2020

Both the English and Scottish governments announced new restrictions on social gatherings as coronavirus infection rates ticked up again. Scotland launched a contact tracing app. England didn’t. To underline the challenges that UK health systems...

Healthcare Roundup 04 September 2020

Health and social care secretary announced a £500 million investment in fast, mass Covid-19 testing, in the hope that this might enable “more of the things that make life living” to resume. NHS England/Improvement pushed...

Healthcare Roundup 28 August 2020

As the country prepared for a bank holiday and a new school term, the government’s sights were set on winter. Tough financial guidance was issued to the NHS to encourage trusts to get back to...

Healthcare Roundup 21 August 2020

As Covid-19 infections started to rise again across the country, the government announced that it was going to abolish Public Health England, establish a new agency focused on pandemic response, and put the Conservative peer...

Healthcare Roundup 14 August 2020

The government was forced to admit that local public health teams are better at contact tracing than its national NHS Test and Trace contractors. As the TAT scheme was revamped, the contact tracing app reappeared;...

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